Sunday, August 20, 2017

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Minnesota Vikings Mankato Training Camp
Photo Courtesy of Luke Inman

The annual dead period between the Saturday morning walk-through and the famous Night Practice is upon us. No worries though as we’ve set up at Boulder Tap House again with Sam Ekstrom (@SamEkstrom), Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman), and Eric Thompson (@Eric_J_Thompson) to talk a little Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings and what we’ve seen from the squad as they round out their final weekend in Mankato this season. (Note: Eric’s audio kicked out about 3/4 of the way through the show. Ah well.)

All that and other “THIS. IS. NIGHT PRACTICE.” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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The Vikings defensive secondary is conjuring plenty of buzz in Mankato this year with many eyes evaluating the performances of youngsters Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander. How the Vikings end up stacking their depth chart will be of great interest at the onset of the 2016 NFL season, but the final cuts could also present some interesting decisions, and those decisions might be further complicated by the fact that Tre Roberson is a relatively unknown player that is turning heads in Mankato.

The Vikings signed Roberson as an undrafted free agent on May 9th after a three-day tryout with the Vikings at the cornerback position, a position at which he appears surprisingly fluent given he was a college quarterback.

Despite the position change, which Roberson talks about to Josh Zimmer in the VikeFans video above, Roberson is an early contender for the “Mr. Mankato” honors of 2016.

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Mankato Minnesota Vikings

Another picturesque day in sunny and 77 degree Mankato. I welcomed in Josh Zimmer (@JZimmer_NFL) of NGSC Sports and Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman) in to have a frank and open conversation about the latest happening with the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings as Training Camp draws to a close.

Today’s Topics Include:
• Why Tre Roberson is Impressing
• Trae Waynes Made a Leap in Year 2
• Vikings Have the Deepest Defensive Line Unit in the NFL
• Thoughts on Matt Kalil
• The Great Berger or Sully Debate
• Andre Smith has Locked up the Starting Right Tackle Job
• What Chad Greenway Can Give This Team in 2016
• Who’s Going to be the Backup QB?
• #FreePruitt and #FreeMorganII
• How’s Teddy’s Deep Ball Look?
• Adrian Peterson Looks Like 2007 Adrian
• How Treadwell Can Contribute Early (Even Without Starting)

All that and other “Was That a Bang 8?” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Day 7 Practice
Image courtesy of Chris Price

This morning’s training camp feed was rather uneventful, but that should change this afternoon. The Minnesota Vikings take the field for another practice to close out the week.

Multiple bloggers, reporters, and Vikings Territory writers are in Mankato, where they’re firing off tweets at breakneck speed. Today’s practice comes a week before Minnesota’s first preseason game of the year, a matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. Joint practices begin on August 10 before the teams meet on Friday, August 12.

Enough about next week, though; it’s time for training camp practice!

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