Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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The roster is trimmed and the practice squad is set for the 2015 Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings. It’s time to place some football! BUT before we do, gotta go over who made it, who didn’t, who ended up on the practice squad, and what it all means.

Other “I’m not mad, Papa Yank. Just disappointed” Talkers Include
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• Cuts from 75 to 53
• No international practice squad spot, so WHY DID BABS STICK AROUND SO LONG?
• Isame Faciane cut – Not ready for prime time
• Tom Farniok gone – Arif Weeps
• Tyrus Thompson & David Yankey are severe disappointments
• Bye, Mike Mauti
• Practice Squad set: Love me some Fruechte, Harris, Peters & Dom Williams
• Hello Zach Moore! #OneOfUs
• Jeremiah Sirles traded from San Diego
• Random 53 Man Roster Thoughts
• Taylor Heinicke wouldn’t have made it through waivers, imo
• Surprised Zach Line remains. Especially with 4 tight ends.
• The roster’s not done churning yet
• LOVE YOU, JUSTIN TRATTOU
• Edmond Robinson Appreciation Thread
• Rumors Of Marcus Sherels’ Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
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All that and other “Zach Moore brings a championship pedigree” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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When the Vikings released twenty two players yesterday, it marked the end of a dream for former draft picks like David Yankey and B.J. DuBose. Their careers with the franchise were technically over, until news broke today that the Vikings had signed ten players to the practice squad. According to the team’s official website, those members include:

DE B.J. DuBose
OL Isame Faciane
WR Isaac Fruechte
S Anthony Harris
LB Brian Peters
FB Blake Renaud
LB Brandon Watts
RB Dominique Williams
OL David Yankey
DT Zach Moore

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Few weekends rival the first Saturday and Sunday each September — for football fans, that is. College football is back, the preseason is over, and actual, meaningful NFL games will be played in less than a week. From now until the first week February, we won’t go a weekend without football, and that’s something to celebrate.

But for more than 700 players around the NFL, this weekend marked the end of a dream — teams were required to cut their rosters from 75 players to 53 by 3 pm CT today, and that meant 22 Minnesota Vikings became former Minnesota Vikings over the weekend. Those players include:

  • T Babatunde Aiyegbusi
  • DT Chigbo Anunoby
  • DE B.J. DuBose
  • G Isame Faciane
  • C Tom Farniok
  • WR Donte Foster
  • WR Isaac Fruechte
  • S Anthony Harris
  • RB DuJuan Harris
  • DT Greg Hickman
  • DE Leon Mackey

  • LB Michael Mauti
  • LB Brian Peters
  • CB Shaun Prater
  • FB Blake Renaud
  • CB Josh Thomas
  • T Tyrus Thompson
  • C Bob Vardaro
  • LB Brandon Watts
  • WR Ryan Whalen
  • RB Dominique Williams
  • OL David Yankey

In addition to these cuts, the Vikings also placed cornerback Jabari Price on the reserved/suspended list and traded a 2016 sixth-round draft pick for Chargers guard Jeremiah Sirles. After the jump, we’ll reveal the current depth chart (minus those on injured reserve and the PUP list) and analyze a few of the day’s biggest surprises and releases.

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Buried in roster cuts, the Vikings add new offensive line depth to the roster through a trade with the San Diego Chargers.

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With a flurry of cuts coming before today’s deadline where teams are required to slim their roster down to 53 players, the Vikings have made a trade with the San Diego Chargers for offensive lineman Jeremiah Sirles.

Though the official details of the trade are currently unknown, it is believed the Vikings sent a 2016 sixth round pick to the Chargers for Sirles.

Sirles, an undrafted free agent in the 2014 NFL Draft, only started two games last season at guard in place of injured Chargers lineman Johnnie Troutman. This preseason, Sirles has performed pretty well according to rankings provided by Pro Football Focus. See below for where Sirles would have ranked against other Vikings lineman had he been on the roster this preseason:

Sirles PFF Ranking
2015 Preseason rankings courtesy of ProFootballFocus.com

It is not expected Sirles will be an immediate contributor on the starting roster, but instead, a solid piece of depth to a roster currently void of any.

We will have a more in-depth breakdown of today’s roster cuts later this evening, but for now, here’s a list of the players currently believed to have been cut:

  • LB Michael Mauti
  • LB Brandon Watts
  • OL Tom Farniok
  • LB Brian Peters
  • WR Isaac Fruechte
  • OL Tyrus Thompson
  • S Anthony Harris
  • RB Dominique Williams
  • FB Blake Renaud
  • WR Ryan Whalen

  • OL David Yankey
  • OL Babatunde Aiyegbusi
  • DB Shaun Prater
  • CB Josh Thomas
  • RB DuJuan Harris
  • OG Bobby Vardaro
  • DE Leon Mackey
  • WR Donte Foster
  • DT Chigbo Anunoby

Stay tuned for more!

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The NFL is entering a significant season in 2015, as the league welcomes its first female official and its first female coach. In April, the NFL hired Sarah Thomas as one of eight new referees on staff. In July, Jen Walter joined the Arizona Cardinals staff as an intern coaching middle linebackers. Although the internship did not end in a long-term position, I would not be surprised if she finds a role soon.

Since the news about Thomas broke, I’ve had a number of people ask me my opinion on these two women pioneering their field. The question is natural, as I am pursuing a career in sports journalism, a field that tends to be more heavily dominated by men. There are certainly more and more women appearing in sports media every day, however, so I cannot draw an equal comparison.

In asking my thoughts, I think many people assumed I would be ecstatic about the decision. I think many people were surprised at my hesitation and mixed feelings.

When it comes to knowing her trade, Thomas cannot be accused of being under-qualified or under-experienced. She’s also no stranger to being the first in her field.

Thomas comes to the NFL with experience officiating at the high school level in Mississippi—she was the first woman in the Gulf Coast Football Officials Association—and 10 years later was selected as the first female referee for a major college football game. Thomas was the first woman to referee at a college Bowl game and the first to officiate in a Big Ten stadium.

Thomas, who played basketball at the University of Mobile, found herself drawn to the industry when she followed her brother to an officials meeting.

“It was life-changing for me when I saw that officials took time and pride to make the game better,” Thomas said. “That is what drew me in, especially being a former athlete. And I couldn’t have asked for better training (than in my time as a high school official in Mississippi).”

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