Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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Welcome To The Big Show - Stephen Weatherly

The team at Vikings Territory has been busy working to get to know each of our newest Vikings draft selections and this week we will give you a chance to learn everything we know about these players through our reintroduction of the “Welcome to the Big Show” series. First up is Vanderbilt product Stephen Weatherly.


HEIGHT: 6′ 4″

WEIGHT: 267 pounds

ARM LENGTH: 34.5 inches

HANDS: 10.25 inches

Both have connections to head coach Mike Zimmer

Minnesota Vikings signed two free agents
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The Minnesota Vikings signed two free agents to the active roster on Monday morning, bringing the team’s total to 90 players. Tre Roberson, a standout quarterback at Indiana and Illinois State, will play cornerback for the Vikings. Troy Stoudermire, the NCAA’s all-time leading kick returner and a former Golden Gopher, signed as a wide receiver.

Both Roberson and Stoudermire have connections back to Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer. In April 2013, Stoudermire signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent, but was released before the start of the regular season. He spent a few months in Cincinnati with Zimmer, who was the Bengals’ then-defensive coordinator.

Though Roberson didn’t play for Zimmer, both attended Illinois State, where Zimmer spent time as both a quarterback and linebacker. His collegiate career was cut short after suffering a neck injury that required surgery by doctors at the Mayo Clinic. Zimmer would eventually work his way up the coaching ranks before landing the head job with the Vikings in 2014.

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New Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Laquon Treadwell has not even been in the league for a month and he is already being thought of as one of the best young players in the National Football League. Treadwell, along with his new teammate and fellow wide receiver Stefon Diggs have been included in the NFLPA’s “Rising 50” list for 2016.

The list is meant to highlight the league’s young players who have the best chance at selling the most NFL and NFLPA merchandise during their careers. Some of the criteria for making the list includes a player’s performance during the season, the amount of attention the player draws in fantasy leagues, and the amount of companies that are interested in sponsoring the player.

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