Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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With the backing of Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway, and a friendly competition between four other great Vikings sites, we still consider our charitable fundraising goal of $10,000 raised by August 22nd to be within reach.

In an attempt to raise those funds for the “Chad’s Locker” program, run by Chad Greenway and the fine folks at his Lead the Way Foundation, we here at Vikings Territory have pulled every trick out of our hat that we could think of to motivate the online Vikings community to lend a huge helping hand to families in need.

So far, in our efforts, we have:

We might have a few more tricks left up our sleeves, and we certainly won’t miss our goal due to a lack of effort, but let’s take a look at where things currently stand.

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Our Minnesota Vikings Training Camp coverage rolls on (on down the line) with Austin Belisle (@austincbelisle) joining us talking about his journey from California to experience a real state. We also dig into what he saw during the fan tour of the new US Bank Stadium (The USB) pad, how the Vikings looked this afternoon in Mankato, and what it’s like to be a foot+ taller than our homegirl Lindsey Young. Oh, and all of the awesome stuff he’s been writing at Vikings Territory too.

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

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Today marks the fifth day of training camp for the Minnesota Vikings, and Vikings Territory will be there to cover every second of walkthroughs and practices! If you’ve missed any of the action, be sure to visit our training camp page to read the latest stories and posts coming out of Mankato.

I’ll also be touring U.S. Bank Stadium this morning as part of the stadium’s partnership with the Minnesota Vikings — the Vikings Biggest Fan Sweepstakes. There, 40 lucky fans and their guests will take a hard hat tour of the stadium and visit the preview center to learn more about the Vikings’ new home.

After a morning in the Twin Cities, we’ll take a bus up to Mankato and watch the Vikings’ second day of practice in pads from the sidelines. Fans will have a chance to talk to a member of the media before practice and meet one of their favorite players at the end of the day. Before leaving, each of the special guests will receive a complimentary gift to commemorate the once-in-a-lifetime experience.

A "Flash" in the pan?

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When Cordarrelle Patterson steps foot on the practice field at training camp, he turns heads. At 6’2″, 216 pounds, he’s one of the more physically imposing receivers on the team, with powerful legs and a stocky upper body reminiscent of a running back. Coupled with his 4.42 speed, Patterson has all of the physical traits to be an excellent wide receiver.

But something’s missing.

Maybe Patterson enjoys the attention he’s receiving, or maybe, he enjoys the fanfare that comes with being a first-round draft pick in the NFL. Whatever the case may be, he hasn’t lived up to the hype created by his phenomenal rookie season, when he caught four touchdown passes, rushed for another three, and led the league in yards per kickoff return. That Pro Bowl performance set the stage for what’s been a disappointing two years since, but Patterson has it in his power to turn his short career around.

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Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman) of eDraft and Cold Omaha rejoins the show to give us an update LIVE from Mankato as our Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings continue their pursuit of the 2015 brass ring. (Or completely gaudy, blinged out Super Bowl Ring, but you know what I mean.)

Luke hits us with updates on the freshly paid Adrian Peterson return, the start of the second camp for young Teddy Bridgewater, Eric Kendricks looking like a beast in coverage, Trae Waynes struggling early on (as ALL rookie cornerbacks do), and if Cordarrelle Patterson is going to cash in on his last chance with Mike Zimmer and the Vikings.

All that and other “Love Me Some Mankato” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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