Sunday, October 22, 2017

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Vikings Begin Final Cut to 53 Players
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Minnesota’s 27-25 preseason victory over the St. Louis Rams was an audition of sorts; a chance for those on the bubble to prove they’re deserving of a spot on the final 53-man roster. Today, they’ll learn their fate, and whether their performances this offseason were enough to keep them in a Vikings uniform.

With 22 difficult decisions ahead, the Vikings begin their final cut to 53 players. The team has until 4:00 pm EST on September 3 to finalize its regular season roster, and Vikings Territory plans to keep you up-to-date on every move. Follow along after the jump as we track the latest news and rumors.

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Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings mercifully put an end to the preseason Thursday night against the St. Louis Los Angeles Rams of Anaheim. A few story lines emerged as many 4th preseason game participants did their best to scrape together a roster spot (OMG TOBY JOHNSON!), but the main story still hovering over the Purple is the quarterback void left by Teddy Bridgewater and his freak practice injury.

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Today’s Talkers Include:
• The Teddy Bridgewater Injury
• Possible Teddy Replacements (Besides Shaun Hill)
• Some Joel Stave…. Love???
• Toby Johnson is a Legit Talent
• Jhurrell Pressley Dazzles
• CJ Ham is a Legit NFL Running Back
• The 4 Safeties for the Vikings Are…
• Mackenzie Alexander Did Not Have a Great Night
• Backup O-Line is Trash
• Why Was Jarius Wright Playing?
• The Moritz Boehring Experiment is Over
• Treadwell Could Be Odd Beneficiary
• Loose Thoughts

All that and other “It’s Over. It’s Really Really Over.” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Vikings Beat Rams 27-25
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A tumultuous week comes to a satisfying close, as the Minnesota Vikings finished the preseason 4-0 after beating the St. Louis Rams 27 to 25. Their final win of the offseason comes just days after losing quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for the year to a dislocated knee and torn ACL.

Buoyed by a strong defensive effort and highlight plays from two running backs — likely the formula for regular season success — the Vikings overcame a sloppy start and underwhelming finish to win their second-straight game at U.S. Bank Stadium.

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Michael Vick Visiting Minnesota Vikings

Late last night, former Vikings writer and friend of the site Ryan Boser caused a stir when he said on Twitter that he had information involving a Michael Vick visit to Winter Park today.

Unafraid to address rumors, we posted an article last night that acknowledged his tweet as a rumor to keep track of. Today, our own Adam Patrick addressed the idea of what Vick might be able to accomplish in this Vikings offense that is so suddenly without their starting quarterback.

While there is still nothing definitive on how the Vikings plan to proceed with managing their quarterback crisis, and if bringing in an outsider is a part of those plans, the script has flipped on the Michael Vick rumor.

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Teddy Bridgewater Cowboys Scramble
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Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater released a state via the Minnesota Vikings organization today, which Ben Goessling reports was delivered by hand and actually written by Bridgewater himself.

Here is the full text:

I want to thank the Wilf Family and the entire Vikings organization, all of my teammates, friends, Eric Sugarman and the amazing Vikings athletic training staff and the fans who have sent me messages and wished me well. Your thoughts and prayers mean a lot to me and have helped me in this difficult time. There are great players and great leaders in our locker room who are going to fight to the end to reach the goals we set for 2016. I will be there mentally, physically and in spirit to support them accomplish those goals.

 In order to have a testimony, you have to have a test. I come from amazing DNA, I watched my mom fight and win against breast cancer. We will, as a team, attack my rehab with the same vigor and energy. My faith is strong, my faith is unwavering and my vision is clear. My purpose will not be denied.

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