Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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According to a post by Bleacher Report Saturday, Adrian Peterson has expressed overt interest in playing for the Dallas Cowboys, but this option will reportedly not be entertained by the Vikings.

In the video with ESPN Insider Jason Cole, Cole tells us that Peterson wants to play in Dallas, and the Vikings “are aware” of this desire. He said the following:

“The Vikings do not want to trade him, in any way, shape or form, specifically to the Cowboys.”

Cole went on to say this:

“As easy as it is to say Peterson will probably play for the Vikings, [he] can make this very uncomfortable for the Vikings, creating a stare-down type of situation.”

Earlier this week, ESPN’s Ben Goessling released a story detailing a recent interview with Peterson in which the running back expressed a discomfort about staying in Minnesota following the entire ordeal.

“There were people [in the organization] that I trusted, who knew exactly what was said, that weren’t heard from,” Peterson said. “It’s hard to say [what my future will be].”

Peterson is restricted from making direct contact with teams at this point, so it’s hard to say how much has been explicitly communicated. Whether Peterson has made specific requests to be traded or not, it is becoming increasingly clear that he does not have warm and fuzzy feelings about wearing a purple jersey in 2015.

Peterson and representatives of the NFL Players Association were in Minnesota on Feb. 6, where Peterson underwent a hearing in federal court. Unless Judge David Doty rules in favor of an immediate reinstatement into the league, AP remains on the commissioner’s exempt list until April 15.



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This is the time of year when the various NFL circles are buzzing with reactions to performances at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Within those same circles roam the annual debates about the value found within the Combine drills, the general disdain for overreactions to individual performances, and of course the overreactions to individual performances that make the whole thing so entertaining.

I’m mixing things up this week, with my links segment, as this is going to be 100% about the Combine so far. The offensive positions are pretty much wrapping things up, and I’ll do this again when the defensive observations are available for the taking.

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Mike Zimmer said he had a plan for Cordarrelle Patterson this offseason, and that plan included a mentor, and now the identity might be known.

Hill, a Patriots writer, is the first to present any concrete reporting on this front after a lot of speculation flew around about whom Zimmer had selected to get “Flash” up to speed. Of course, it should be clearly acknowledged that this is still a rumor, not a fact.

Brown is certainly a guy that makes sense when one tries to draw comparisons to Patterson. He was an incredibly versatile receiver and return man for the Patriots that had to claw his way to the top of the depth chart in the early years. Some might recall that Brown even had to play cornerback for the Patriots one season and played quite well, considering.

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[Note:  This segment is a part of a position-by-position look at what the Minnesota Vikings might be inclined to do during the 2015 free agency period.  This is the eighth article, focusing on the cornerbacks.  In case you missed it, feel free to check out the quarterbacksrunning backs, tight ends, fullbacks, wide outsspecialists, safeties and cornerbacks.]

Welcome back to the free agency preview series as we look at potential fits for the Vikings across every position. Today, I’d like to look at the interior of the offensive line.

There are a couple opinions when it comes to the Vikings offensive line. There is little doubt that the team needs to improve the group in hopes of protecting Teddy Bridgewater and paving the way for whoever is carrying the football for the team in 2015.

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Matt Engstrom, an artist for Dreamworks Animation Studios, shares his Vikings illustrations from the 2014 Season.

Week 14 New York Jets 2014 by Matt Engstrom
Week 14 New York Jets 2014 by Matt Engstrom

If you’ve been a frequent visitor since the launch of the new site here at Vikings Territory, you’ve probably noticed the incredible illustrations we’ve been sprinkling throughout content here and there. You also may have noticed an article by Lindsey featuring the mastermind behind those drawings, Matt Engstrom. After Lindsey established the connection with Matt, we immediately reached out to him to gauge his interest in contributing here at VT. As you likely know by now, we are constantly looking for fresh, new talent to add to our team – whether it be talent as a writer or in this case, talent as an artist. We were ecstatic when Matt agreed to join the group.

Though we’ve shared a couple pieces by Matt, we’ve decided to make all of his Vikings work from 2014 available for your viewing pleasure. Matt has also agreed to continue these types of illustrations throughout the 2015 season which we will undoubtedly share with you all.

So, have a look below and share some of your thoughts. Which one do you like the most? Personally, I love the Miami Dolphins piece… I let out a slight chuckle every time I see it.

What about a name? Matt doesn’t currently have a nickname for this character (and I’m not sure he’s looking for one) but it could be fun to see what ideas are out there.

Enjoy and stay tuned for more from Matt here at Vikings Territory.

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