Saturday, July 22, 2017

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Four days into Minnesota Vikings training camp and there is already plenty to talk about. There have already been a few fights, head coach Mike Zimmer has been cussing out his players, and there was even a rain delay.

Minnesota gets the day off today from camp and then it is four straight days of practice until the team’s next day off on Sunday. So let’s take this opportunity to gage who the best and worst performers of Vikings camp have been so far.

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Punter Jeff Locke

If Vegas took bets on which player on a roster was most likely to be replaced in training camp (maybe Vegas does that, I don’t know) the front runner on the Minnesota Vikings roster would be punter Jeff Locke.

If Locke looks over his shoulder in Mankato, he will not see another punter eager to take his job. He is the only punter there, in fact, but that doesn’t mean he cannot be replaced. Both he and special teams coordinator Mike Priefer made that clear this week.

“He’s got to have a good camp here or we’ll end up bringing in competition,” Priefer said. “But for right now, it’s Jeff.”

As Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press pointed out on Monday, the Vikings tried out two undrafted punters earlier this offseason and could still bring one into camp if Locke doesn’t get a little closer to being the guy they thought they drafted 155th overall in 2013.

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Seems like training camp just started but the Minnesota Vikings are already gearing up for their fourth day. The soreness level may be a little higher today than the first few days since the team is now practicing in full pads.

After today the team gets a day off on Tuesday before getting back to work on Wednesday. As for this morning’s walk-thru…

Join us below!

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Mankato Minnesota Vikings

Had time to kill on a Sunday afternoon (and I don’t golf), so I swung on down to Mankato to take in the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings afternoon practice. Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL), Sam Ekstrom (@SamEkstrom) and Daniel House (@DanielHouseNFL) joined me to recap the session, what’s been impressive (and not so impressive) so far, and I finally get a definitive answer on “HOW’S TEDDY LOOK?” (This is also the first pod where we got rained on and Arif list trying to move a patio umbrella.)

Show Topics Include:
• How’s Teddy Deep Ball Looking?
• Adam Thielen Rising?
• Jabari Price’s Place on This Team
• Mackensie Alexander is the Future Slot. Period.
• Matt Kalil’s Change in Technique
• Overall Philosophy Changes Under Tony Sparano
• Why Willie Beavers Might Prove Us All Wrong
• What is Going on with Mike Harris?
• The Defensive Line is on FIRE Early
• Roster Moves. Sign a Punter and/or Nick Foles?
• Sam Defends Jeff Locke
• Adrian Peterson’s Hamstring
• Jerick McKinnon vs Adrian Peterson?
• Cordarrelle Injury UPDATE
• Taylor Heinicke LOLs
• Standouts & Disappointments

All that and other “All that and other “If you don’t think this song is the greatest song ever, I will fight you.” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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