Friday, August 18, 2017

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Teddy Bridgewater Training Camp Day 1 2016
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Happy Saturday, Vikings fans. Yes, it’s the weekend… But we know there are some die-hard fans out there who are looking for any and all updates available as the Vikings take the field for their second day of training camp.

I’ll be here the next couple of hours or so aggregating all of the best tidbits of news out of Mankato. So grab a seat and hang out with me here for a while. The yard work can wait and Vikings training camp is more important anyway.

Here we go!

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After a successful first day of training camp yesterday, the Minnesota Vikings are back on the field this morning for day two. Something to keep an eye on throughout the day is the status of wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson after he left yesterday’s practice with an undisclosed injury.

Join us below for up the minute news and updates from this morning’s walk-thru, live from Mankato!

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I promise I had this idea to write an article about punt returner Marcus Sherels finally having very concrete job security before Sid Hartman decided to pen his article today about the exact same thing, but whatever, I’ll give him all the credit.

That’s only fair considering I’m only 31 years old and Sid was still was quicker to the punch.

Every year, it seems, Vikings fans collectively place punt returner Marcus Sherels on the roster bubble throughout training camp. Some, in fact, become convinced that he will surely be sent packing during the final cuts. Any Vikings fans out there that have only been following along for five years or less may actually believe this yearly ordeal to be a franchise-sanctioned tradition.

This year, however, things are very different.

Opportunity Awaits Vikings Receivers
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Following a productive, refocused offseason, Cordarrelle Patterson was supposed to be the “next man up” for the Vikings. A threat on every kickoff return, Patterson’s yet to prove he can find that same success as a wide receiver in Minnesota. He had his chance to do just that on the first day of training camp, only to watch his progress come to a screeching halt.

Patterson hauled in a spectacular 45-yard bomb from Teddy Bridgewater during the team’s first set of 11-on-11 drills, showing off the speed and athletic ability that made him such a high draft pick. But the elation was short-lived, as Patterson crumpled to the ground in pain, screaming for all in the stands to hear. His day — and the optimism that preceded it — was suddenly cut short.

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