Wednesday, July 1, 2015

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According to the Vikings’ official website, the Minnesota Vikings have waived four players to make room for the undrafted free agents—curious mostly because they needed only to waive three in order to make the 90.

Those four players were running back Bradley Randle, linebacker Simoni Lawrence, offensive guard/center Josh Samuda and linebacker Terrell Manning. Of the four, only Manning had significant NFL experience, though not as a starter. He appeared on the rosters for Green Bay and San Diego prior.

Bradley Randle appeared in camp with the Vikings last year and quickly became a fan favorite. He, along with weakside linebacker Simoni Lawrence, both played in the CFL. Randle for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Lawrence for the Edmonton Eskimos and Hamilton Tiger-Cats. If Lawrence signs with another team, that would be the tenth team to employ him.

Josh Samuda from UMass would have been an interesting camp body, but suffered an egregious ankle injury in OTAs.

The reason they ended up cutting four instead of three is because the Vikings signed 16 UDFAs, not just 15: Travis Partridge from Missouri Western State was a late add to the UDFA slate.

**UPDATE: The Vikings have evidently not signed OL Austin Wentworth from Fresno State, per Chris Tomasson. They now have one open roster spot.

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I understand that this story breaks your heart, but Teddy Bridgewater has only ranked fourth in jersey sales, as of noon yesterday.

Obviously, this is a travesty that needs to be fixed.

I mean, even from an aesthetic perspective, just look at them:

Teddy Bridgewater Jersey

Works of art.

On the other hand, the jerseys beating out Teddy H20 are Johnny Manziel, Michael Sam and Jadeveon Clowney. You’d think I’d understand and be sympathetic—after all, Manziel is the most exciting college player since Cam and before that, Tebow. Michael Sam holds extraordinary cultural significance. Jadeveon Clowney was the first pick in the draft.

But screw that. Have you seen their jerseys? I won’t publish that filth on this blog.

 

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[NOTE: I had asked Justin to do a Fantasy Outlook for the Minnesota Vikings, and unfortunately shrifted him by asking him to do it right before the draft, so it doesn’t include Teddy Bridgewater as an option. As it stands, Bridgewater is expected to sit for a bit this season, so it shouldn’t affect the piece at all]

This post comes from Justin Becker of FantasyFootballOverdose.com. You can follow him on Twitter @NFLRankings or the Fantasy Football Overdose Google+ Page, and for more Premier Fantasy Football Projections visit Fantasy Football Overdose, a fantasy football blog. 

The Minnesota Vikings have been Adrian Peterson or bust when it has come to fantasy football. Sure, there have been flirtations with other studs like Sidney Rice or Percy Harvin, while none of us can forget that one magical season when Brett Favre went nuts.

But for the most part, Rice and Harvin went down in flames of injury, while Peterson was left shouldering the load. Year after year it was just “All Day” and fantasy owners knew he was a lock for top end production. That made him a top-three pick, if not the consensus number one pick in fantasy drafts on a yearly basis.

This season might be different. Don’t think for a second Peterson’s value is taking a hit. No, despite dealing with some nagging injuries, the 29-year old feature back is still a complete freak and should be every bit worth the top-three pick you’ll need to spend to land him.

But for the first time in a while, there’s going to be more than just Peterson to be excited about with new offensive coordinator Norv Turner bringing a vertical system into the offense. That means taking advantage of the speed they have at wide receiver, utilizing a previously under-utilized tight end and opening things up more than ever for an already elite ground game.

For a proper breakdown, let’s take a look at each player and see how or why they’ll be worth a look in 2014 fantasy football drafts:

 

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At some point, you’re all going to get sick of how much I trust some insiders. But I operate in that way, and I feel like I can filter out information that feels smokescreen-y, even if I don’t attempt to do much of that in the rumor roundups I occasionally post.

Today, there’s more drama from the 2014 NFL Draft.

Albert Breer, who spent all his time covering the draft hunkered down with the Vikings, fully published his “insider look” at the Vikings draft process, and what the Vikings went through in order to get Teddy Bridgewater.

 

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Per Mike Freeman at the Bleacher Report, the Vikings have been looking for ways to part with premier running back Adrian Peterson:

The Vikings are looking for ways to part with superstar runner Adrian Peterson sooner rather than later. Peterson is 29 and when backs hit 30, their production usually drops off precipitously. Backs age in dog years, and despite Peterson’s adamantium bone structure, he isn’t impervious to aging. The contract situation is also brutal. Peterson will receive a base salary of $11.75 million in 2014, then $12.75 million in 2015. In 2017, it will climb to $15.75 million.

That is simply an impossible salary structure to pay a player in today’s game, where the running back position has been greatly devalued.

“My person opinion,” said one AFC general manager, “is this (coming) season will be Peterson’s last with the Vikings. Despite the cap hit, they’ll make some sort of move to get him off the roster.”

Potshots at the Bleacher Report aside (they’re not what they were three years ago), I trust Mike Freeman, though I’ve found him slightly more prone to “lying season” than other, more reliable, insiders. That said, I think this is the truth.

 

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