Thursday, May 5, 2016

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The Minnesota Vikings take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tonight, and Vikings Territory is here to cover all of the action. Once the game starts, we’ll be hanging out in our live chat, but first, here’s a list of the players who won’t be participating in this evening’s game:

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers with rookie quarterback Jameis Winson travel to TCF Bank Stadium to take on the Vikings. Winston, in his first NFL start ever, will go up against a Vikings defense that was able to get after the quarterback early and often last week in the Hall of Fame Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Mike Zimmer has yet to lose a preseason game in his young tenure as the Vikings Head Coach. We’ll hope that trend continues today as we hang out here at Vikings Territory and shoot the crap in our live chat with all of you.

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And that's okay

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Behind a leaky offensive line and without star running back Adrian Peterson, Teddy Bridgewater found himself in quite a few uncomfortable situations last season. According to ESPN Stats and Info, the rookie quarterback was sacked 39 times, hit another 14, and was pressured on 29.9 percent of his 469 dropbacks in 2014.

In an effort to improve his durability, the team set a 215-pound weight limit for the 6’3″ Bridgewater this offseason, and the quarterback believes the added weight will help him “withstand some hits” he’s “going to take throughout the year,” per ESPN’s Ben Goessling. The muscle, along with a slightly retooled, improved offensive line, are all preventative measures to ensure the longevity and sustained success of the franchise’s most important player.

If I were to step into Rick Spielman’s shoes for a day, though, I’d enact one more policy to protect Teddy Bridgewater’s health:

Don’t Let Teddy Run the Read-Option

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As announced on the team’s official website this morning, the Minnesota Vikings have signed free agent defensive tackle Greg Hickman and waived wide receiver Gavin Lutman with an injury settlement, adding depth to an already talented defensive line.

Hickman, a 24-year-old free agent in the 2014 NFL Draft, played college football at Florida International before signing with the Detroit Lions, and finished his collegiate career with 116 total tackles, 13 sacks, three interceptions, four pass breakups, and seven forced fumbles. He joins his former college teammate Isame Faciane in Minnesota after spending seven months in 2014 with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL.

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Training Camp is over. REAL football is inching closer and our Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are gearing up to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Saturday night at The Bank in our 2nd preseason game of the season. Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) joins us for the first of his weekly Friday Football FTW! appearances this season. He’ll drop some knowledge on us about Mankato wrapping up, Hall of Fame Game analysis, as well as if Tom Brady’s uuuuugly courtroom drawing will knock him and Garoppolo from their perch as the best looking quarterback depth chart in the league.

Other “Stop Freaking Out About Trae Waynes” Talkers Include
• RIP Bill Zimmer
• Arif Hasan in the house!
• Eddie Lacy is fat
• Airport Chilis to-go breakdown in 3..2..1..
• Hall of Fame Game Takeaways
• Eric Kendricks is legit
• Audie Cole is the all-time preseason MVP
• Slow the roll on Trae Waynes
• Stefon Diggs looked good, but….
• …Marcus Sherels ain’t dead yet
• Isame Faciane should make the practice squad as an OG
• Mike Harris is solidifying that starting right guard spot
• Offensive line clarity
• Why was Thursday practice so bad?
• Who won jobs this week?
• Why can’t Antone Exum beat out Robert Blanton?
• Jabari Price love. Arif gloats. Andy cries.
• What to look for vs Tampa Bay
• Gerald McCoy vs Harris will be the REAL test
• Teddy *should* see more playing time on Saturday
• Andy’s Matt Kalil Confidence Conspiracy
• Who’s the backup left tackle? Tyrus Thompson? David Yankey?

All that and other “I guess we’re not getting sponsored by the airport Chilis to-go” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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