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Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer isn’t worried about rookie cornerback Trae Waynes, even if Twitter was close to exploding over his play last night. The first-round draft pick was called for multiple holding and pass interference penalties throughout the night while struggling to play off coverage against the Steelers’ backup receivers.

Waynes played 54 defensive snaps — just behind fellow rookie Danielle Hunter — seeing his first action at left cornerback on the Vikings’ third play from scrimmage. Despite his early struggles, Zimmer kept Waynes in for 84 percent of the defense’s snaps. Why?:

“Part of the thing, what I wanted to do, was not take him out. I wanted to find out what kind of toughness he had when things happen like that. When you get a couple of penalties on you, how are you going to fight back, how are you going to respond?”

“I thought he did a nice job with those things, but he’s just got to learn some of the technical things about the NFL. Athletically, and the type of kid he is, he’s going to be fine.”

The biggest knock on Waynes coming out of Michigan State was his grabbiness and physicality in coverage. He often tugged opposing receivers’ jerseys, hooked their wrists at the catch point, and jammed well past five yards down the field. In the NFL, those same tactics are almost impossible to get away with, and that showed throughout the Hall of Fame Game on Sunday night.

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The Hall of Fame Game went down Sunday night in Canton, Ohio. Our Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings came out on top of the Pittsburgh Steelers 14-3 in a game that quenched the collective thirst of a the football world, even though it featured no Adrian Peterson or Ben Roethlisberger and something-called Landry Jones played the whole darn game. There’s a lot of positives and some false-negatives to pick through for our team in purple, and we do so in our first game recap show of the 2015 season.

Other “The Hall of Jerome Bettis” Talking Points Include
• Vikings defeat the Steelers 14-3
• Mick Tingelhoff love from Purple FTW! (240 straight starts!)
• Fran Tarkenton’s introduction speech was ELITE
• Adrian in full uniform, but didn’t play
• Cris Collinsworth is underrated, but…
• Teddy Bridgewater looked smooth as creamy peanut butter
• Jerick McKinnon is going to be more involved and electric
• Calm down on Trae Waynes, please.
• Remember, Xavier Rhodes was hot garbage until about Week 4 last year
• I’d rather have a cornerback who’s too aggressive & grabby than too passive
• 2nd Half was the Stefon Diggs Show
• Don’t count out Marcus Sherels yet
• MyCole Pruitt is going to be a special player
• Eric Kendricks has made Audie Cole & Gerald Hodges better via young competition
• Brian Peters love
• Special teams questions: Jeff Locke stanks
• Matt Kalil looked OK. Has some easy preseason spots to gain confidence
• Jabari Price is a G
• Adam Thielen could be legit
• I liked how TJ Clemmings looked
• Shamar Stephen & Tom Johnson are 1s going against 2s and 3s
• Joe Banyard – What could have been
• Taylor Heinicke looks smoother and more in command than Mike Kafka
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All that and other “Brian Peters over Mike Mauti” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Rookie tight end Mycole Pruitt caught a touchdown pass from Mike Kafka and rookie wide receiver Stefon Diggs returned a punt 62 yards to the 1-yard line to setup a short Joe Banyard touchdown run as the Vikings beat the Steelers 14-3 in the Hall of Fame game Sunday night.

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Finally, Minnesota Vikings football to talk about that doesn’t come in Twitter/Vine/Periscope form (no offense everyone who did a great job covering training camp). Actual Minnesota Vikings football was on our televisions tonight, however, and nothing tops that.

Here are some notes from how the starters did in limited action in Canton tonight:

A Robert Blanton tackle on a well diagnosed screen play followed by a nice Xavier Rhodes run defense play set the Vikings defense up with a third and long on Pittsburgh’s first drive which got even longer on a third down delay of game penalty. The Steelers resorted to another screen play on third down, but despite plenty of room, the Vikings defense closed in quickly to force the punt.

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The Minnesota Vikings kick off the preseason in less than an hour, when they take on the Pittsburgh Steelers as part of the annual Hall of Fame Game. It’s an exciting night for fans around the country, and a chance for rookies and backups to prove their worth to the Vikings coaching staff.

A handful of Vikings, however, did not make the trip to Canton, Ohio. Earlier tonight, the team released a list of those who did not travel:

According to KFAN’s AJ Mansour, the starters will play just 8-12 snaps tonight, meaning we’ll only get a brief glimpse of Teddy Bridgewater and the rest of the team’s first-stringers tonight.

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