Sunday, June 25, 2017

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Top 30 - 20 to 11 - Jerick McKinnon
Photos used courtesy of Andy Kunitis

The Minnesota Vikings have one of the NFL’s most talented rosters, making it difficult to narrow down the team’s top players. But we at Vikings Territory decided to tackle the task anyway, wrangling up some of the best Vikings writers around to help us name the the Top 30. If you missed the first entry of this series, check it out HERE.

Follow the jump for selections 20-11!

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This part of one of our ten part series focusing on the biggest questions facing the Vikings as they head into Mankato for their training camp festivities. The first question that comes to mind, one that will certainly impact the makeup of this roster greatly, is the health of three veteran Vikings that ended last season too injured to play.

PHIL LOADHOLT

He’s bravely faced the task of recovering from the torn Achilles tendon that caused him to miss all of 2015. He has already taken a significant pay cut for the chance to be a Viking in 2016. Still, Rick Spielman and company landed themselves a rather large contingency plan when they signed free agent tackle Andre Smith to a one-year deal. Not only is Smith a “Plan B” in the event that Loadholt isn’t healthy, but he is decent competition for a fully healthy Loadholt to contend with.

During OTAs, Loadholt declared himself 100% recovered and was eager to participate.

“I feel like I’m moving pretty well,” said Loadholt at the time. “I got some things I’ve got to get better at obviously, but I’m working hard to get better and those things and be ready to roll.”

The season before last, Loadholt also missed the final five games with a shoulder injury, meaning the Vikings have had to make due without him for quite some time now and a player that can’t stay on the field loses their value to a team very quickly.

Soon we will find out just how “ready to roll” Loadholt is and, despite all of the positive signs of late, one setback that keeps him away from practice could prematurely end his career with the team that drafted him.

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Laquon Treadwell Madison Pitch
Photo courtesy of Vikings.com

A couple weeks ago, our team here at Vikings Territory worked diligently to provide you with in-depth breakdowns and extended introductions to the Vikings’ newest players added through the 2016 draft. The 2016 iteration of the “Welcome to the Big Show” series, which has become an annual tradition, concludes today with the Vikings first selection, wide receiver Laquon Treadwell. Links to the other players featured can be found here: Stephen Weatherly, Willie Beavers, David Morgan II, Jayron Kearse, Mackensie Alexander, Kentrell Brothers and Moritz Böhringer.

ATTRIBUTES

HEIGHT: 6′ 2″

WEIGHT: 221 pounds

ARM LENGTH: 33.5 inches

HANDS: 9.5 inches

PRO DAY RESULTS

40-YARD DASH: 4.63 seconds (did not run at the NFL Combine)

BENCH PRESS: 12 repetitions (of 225 pounds)

VERTICAL JUMP: 33 inches

BROAD JUMP: 117 inches

20-YARD SHORT SHUTTLE: 4.29 seconds

3-CONE: 7.05 seconds

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Mike Zimmer At MZF Event

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The #MoreThanWords campaign is 80% of the way to the $10,000 goal established at the onset and that is awesome! Even more awesome is the level of participation we are getting from The Mike Zimmer Foundation, including Corri and Mike  Zimmer themselves.

Their willingness to connect with the fan base has resulted in some awesome giveaway prizes (tickets and autographs!), an up close and personal autograph event at Fan HQ (a few tickets still available), and now a sit-down interview with one of our participating sites in which Coach Zimmer gets personal about the tragic loss of his wife and about how football is family in the Zimmer household.

Daniel House of Vikings Corner did an amazing job with this opportunity to interview Coach Zimmer himself.

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Tarvaris Jackson was once thought to be Minnesota’s “quarterback of the future.” It became clear that he wasn’t working out the way his biggest advocate, Brad Childress, had hoped when the Vikings bounced him from his starting gig in exchange for an aging and expensive gunslinger.

Uttering “T-Jack” out loud will draw groans and cringes from most groups of Vikings fans, but he did alright for himself when he went to the Seattle Seahawks in 2011. Many referred to him as one of the best backup quarterbacks in the NFL (that sentence is true, but I’m not sure why) and he even got himself a Super Bowl ring when Seattle beat down Denver in February of 2014.

Jackson’s nine NFL seasons yielded a 59.6% completion percentage, 7,263 yards thrown, 39 passing touchdowns, and 35 interceptions. He also ran the ball 171 times over the course of his career, with a 3.7 yards gained average, and tacked on an additional six touchdowns.

The 33 year old quarterback seemed like a top candidate to find a job when training camps get underway, and injuries start to occur, but after an alleged incident involving his wife and a gun this week I’m going to go out on a limb and say that his NFL career is over.

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