Tuesday, July 28, 2015

We here at VT had the good fortune of getting to know Tom Moore and the other fine folks over at VikeFans.com.  They are one of the most hopping, and most well-informed, Vikings forums on the internet.  Meanwhile, Tom and the gang keep putting together some of the best Vikings content you can find anywhere, and it comes most often in the form of some great radio-style interviews.

Considering the regular bits with Pete Bercich, the interviews of legends like Tommy Kramer, and the on-field updates from first round picks, it was a great honor when VT was asked to participate in a series of preseason conversations with Tom Moore.

Each of us will spend some time talking to Tom this week, and we will be sure to post each video as they become available, but we encourage you to make VikeFans.com a part of your regular Vikings-news diet and considering registering yourself as a member of their forums if you aren’t already.

First up is Darren Page discussing the rookie class, which is mighty timely considering final cuts are almost upon us.  Enjoy!

I suppose I’ll post about this.

Outside the Lines reported that Adrian Peterson told Jerry Jones he would love to play for the Cowboys. Buried from the lede of the story is the fact that Adrian Peterson was talking to a money manager at the time, who handed the phone to Jerry Jones without telling Adrian who he was going to talk to. In response, Adrian Peterson was fairly polite and said he wouldn’t mind playing for the Cowboys at the end of his tenure.

Adrian Peterson is from Palestine, Texas, two hours away from Dallas and grew up a Dallas Cowboys fan. This isn’t the first time he’s expressed finishing out his career in Texas, where he lives. This is why he was subject to a contrived altercation in the Houston nightclub—he spends the offseason in Texas (Houston is two and a half hours away from Palestine, which is between the two cities).

The Vikings released two statements in response to this report. First, from the Vikings:

“We are focused on the 2014 season, and as we have consistently communicated, Adrian is an integral part of the Vikings organization.”

And then from Adrian:

“This was a casual conversation between NFL colleagues in which I never indicated I wanted to leave the Vikings. I have always said I understand the NFL is a business but that I would love to retire as a Viking.”

Nothing big to see here. If the Vikings expect Adrian to perform in 2016 as he did in 2010, don’t expect much to change. He signed an extension in 2011 that saw his cap charge take 10.8% of the salary cap that year, and he rushed for 1298 yards at 4.6 yards a carry (86.5 yards a game) the season prior to signing it. Since then, he’s averaged 5.2 yards a carry and 103.2 yards a game, with a lot of that coming from a seemingly magical 2012 season.

Adrian Peterson carries the ball against the Carolina Panthers.
Photo provided courtesy of Vikings.com

 

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This is an exciting season for the Vikings and also for us here at Vikings Territory. This site has grown a lot since last season and we are excited about a few other things to come.

Still, I don’t want to lose our “little guy” atmosphere and thought I’d re-introduce myself to the masses.

I am Adam Warwas.  I’m 29.  I live near Bowling Green, Ohio and have for the last two years.  Prior to that, I lived and played in Valdez, Alaska for nine years.  I grew up in Monticello, Minnesota and have always been a Vikings fan.  I design power lines for a living and do my best to manage VT, and provide the occasional post, in my free time.  Previously, I spent a few years as the editor of Vikings Gab where I penned over 2,000 articles.

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When the Vikings selected Jerick McKinnon in the 3rd round of the 2014 NFL draft, I don’t think there were many fans who knew what kind of player they were getting in a former quarterback from Georgia Southern.

Word of McKinnon’s speed and athletic ability quickly spread, as did comparisons to Darren Sproles, a former component of Norv Turner’s offense when in San Diego.

There is little doubt the Vikings saw tremendous potential in McKinnon when selecting him 96th overall, choosing to select a little known running back over filling other positions on a team full of needs.

Going into the draft, McKinnon was thought to have excellent speed coupled with tremendous strength and versatility. However, everyone assumed the Vikings drafted McKinnon because of his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, a skillset often heavily used in Turner’s offense. With only 10 receptions in college, though, McKinnon’s ability to be a receiving threat is still relatively unknown.

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