Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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Even with the game's late start time

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The Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers are franchises heading in different directions. For one, the needle is pointing up after adding significant, young talent on both sides of the ball, from second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to rookie linebacker Eric Kendricks. The other, a perennial playoff favorite, watched former All-Pro players like Frank Gore and Patrick Willis  sign with other teams or retire from football completely.

Optimism heading into Week One is at an all-time high, but to expect an easy win would be discounting a San Francisco 49ers team with a chance to pull of the surprise upset next Monday. I’m of the mindset that the Vikings will win the game, but not without a few challenges.

Where could the Vikings falter, and what will they need to do to ensure a win to start the season?

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Get your countdown clocks (and your coffee) ready; Minnesota Vikings football returns one week from tonight! For those not on the west coast, the Vikings will take the field against the 49ers at 9:15 pm CT, making this one of the latest starts in recent memory and a tough early test for this young roster.

Rain or shine, late or early, head coach Mike Zimmer is confident in his team’s development this preseason and optimistic heading into Week One:

“We’re never going to stop working,” Zimmer said. “I think that our guys feel good about … training camp. I think they feel good about the effort they’ve given and about the preseason. I’ll probably feel a little better after tomorrow than I do tonight.

“This team has a chance if we’ll figure it out. You don’t want to lose. You’d rather lose a preseason game. There’s some things that we can correct from tonight’s game. … It’s probably a good eye-opener for these guys.”

In true Zimmer fashion, the Vikings’ second-year head coach refrained from wholeheartedly calling his team a playoff contender, but didn’t completely disregard their strong preseason. Save for their loss last Thursday to the Titans, the Vikings finished the preseason 4-1 and looked mostly solid doing so.

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The roster is trimmed and the practice squad is set for the 2015 Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings. It’s time to place some football! BUT before we do, gotta go over who made it, who didn’t, who ended up on the practice squad, and what it all means.

Other “I’m not mad, Papa Yank. Just disappointed” Talkers Include
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• Cuts from 75 to 53
• No international practice squad spot, so WHY DID BABS STICK AROUND SO LONG?
• Isame Faciane cut – Not ready for prime time
• Tom Farniok gone – Arif Weeps
• Tyrus Thompson & David Yankey are severe disappointments
• Bye, Mike Mauti
• Practice Squad set: Love me some Fruechte, Harris, Peters & Dom Williams
• Hello Zach Moore! #OneOfUs
• Jeremiah Sirles traded from San Diego
• Random 53 Man Roster Thoughts
• Taylor Heinicke wouldn’t have made it through waivers, imo
• Surprised Zach Line remains. Especially with 4 tight ends.
• The roster’s not done churning yet
• LOVE YOU, JUSTIN TRATTOU
• Edmond Robinson Appreciation Thread
• Rumors Of Marcus Sherels’ Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
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All that and other “Zach Moore brings a championship pedigree” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

Welcome back, Dominique!

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When the Vikings released twenty two players yesterday, it marked the end of a dream for former draft picks like David Yankey and B.J. DuBose. Their careers with the franchise were technically over, until news broke today that the Vikings had signed ten players to the practice squad. According to the team’s official website, those members include:

DE B.J. DuBose
OL Isame Faciane
WR Isaac Fruechte
S Anthony Harris
LB Brian Peters
FB Blake Renaud
LB Brandon Watts
RB Dominique Williams
OL David Yankey
DT Zach Moore

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Few weekends rival the first Saturday and Sunday each September — for football fans, that is. College football is back, the preseason is over, and actual, meaningful NFL games will be played in less than a week. From now until the first week February, we won’t go a weekend without football, and that’s something to celebrate.

But for more than 700 players around the NFL, this weekend marked the end of a dream — teams were required to cut their rosters from 75 players to 53 by 3 pm CT today, and that meant 22 Minnesota Vikings became former Minnesota Vikings over the weekend. Those players include:

  • T Babatunde Aiyegbusi
  • DT Chigbo Anunoby
  • DE B.J. DuBose
  • G Isame Faciane
  • C Tom Farniok
  • WR Donte Foster
  • WR Isaac Fruechte
  • S Anthony Harris
  • RB DuJuan Harris
  • DT Greg Hickman
  • DE Leon Mackey

  • LB Michael Mauti
  • LB Brian Peters
  • CB Shaun Prater
  • FB Blake Renaud
  • CB Josh Thomas
  • T Tyrus Thompson
  • C Bob Vardaro
  • LB Brandon Watts
  • WR Ryan Whalen
  • RB Dominique Williams
  • OL David Yankey

In addition to these cuts, the Vikings also placed cornerback Jabari Price on the reserved/suspended list and traded a 2016 sixth-round draft pick for Chargers guard Jeremiah Sirles. After the jump, we’ll reveal the current depth chart (minus those on injured reserve and the PUP list) and analyze a few of the day’s biggest surprises and releases.

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