Sunday, August 20, 2017

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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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After having their first morning walk-thru of training camp this morning, the Minnesota Vikings will take the field for their first, actual practice at 2:45pm CT. The practice is expected to end around 5:15pm CT and then the team will be finished with football activities until tomorrow.

Join us below for the latest news and updates from today’s practice as Minnesota gets closer to Week 1 of the 2016 NFL season.

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings have invaded their Camp home as the eyes of the Purple Faithful all shift towards Mankato, the Crown Jewel of South Central Minnesota. We talk about the major early story lines from Training Camp and get Arif Hasan on the horn from Mankato to fill us in with some updates. Can’t wait to get down there on August 4th-6th and setup base camp at Boulder Tap House again!

Today’s Talking Points Include:
• Mike Zimmer Extended
• Harrison Smith Rode the Bus
• Alex Boone Still Wants to Punch Clay Matthews in the Face
• Alex Boone Relays a Great Kevin Williams Story
• Taylor Heinicke Hurt Himself in a Dumb Way
• Treadwell First to Arrive and with a Great Mentor
• 1st Team/2nd Team Reps (Not that it matters at 1st walk through)
• Arif Checks In From Mankato

All that and other “MOBO!!!!” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

Depth Takes a Hit for Vikings
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With one walkthrough practice in the books and nearly two weeks of training camp ahead, the Minnesota Vikings are already struggling with depth. More concerning is the fact that the injuries impact positions where depth isn’t just important; it’s crucial to Minnesota’s 2016 success.

As announced on the team’s official website, the Vikings have officially placed Taylor Heinicke and Mike Harris on he Non-Football Injury/Remains on Active List. They’re joined on the sidelines by Kenrick Ellis and Rhett Ellison, who start training camp as members of the Physically Unable to Perform list.

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