Friday, July 1, 2016

A "Flash" in the pan?

Image courtesy of Vikings.com

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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(Photo Courtesy of Vikings.com)

I had the good fortune to sit in with The Wake Up Call with Cold Omaha on 105 The Ticket Sunday. We talked a ton about Vikings Training Camp, the upcoming NFL season, and I even gave my own STONE COLD HOT TAKE. Big thanks to Sam Ekstrom, Tom Schreier, and Zach Wright. Those guys work their butts off at 105 to give Minnesota sports talk fans some diversity. AND they put up with me for an hour, so they should be in line for sainthood.

Show them some love every Sunday from 8-11am by tuning in on 105.7/105.3/105.1 FM or hit their live player.

[Audio used with permission]

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Image courtesy of Vikings.com

The Minnesota Vikings’ decision to trade into the first round to draft Teddy Bridgewater in 2014 was an all-in play — a commitment to a young, talented, and underrated football player whose stock had fallen in the weeks prior to the draft. As training camp continues in Mankato, Minnesota, it’s clear that their investment, and continued development of the second-year quarterback, is paying off for the organization.

Virtual Reality Revolutionizes Film Study

On Sunday, during the team’s first practice at training camp, virtual reality cameras followed Bridgewater as he broke the huddle and ran through plays. As the official website states, the Vikings are the fourth NFL team reported to have a partnership with STRIVR Labs, Inc., a provider of virtual reality instructional technology.

Through the use of virtual reality headsets, cameras, and powerful software, STRIVR and the Vikings can take footage from the perspective of players like Chad Greenway and Teddy Bridgewater and make it available for film sessions and team meetings — giving coaches and players new perspective while breaking down games or understanding specific assignments.

“We are constantly looking for opportunities to help our players prepare and improve on the field,” Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said. “This is just another example of the Wilf family’s commitment to helping our team compete for championships.”

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(Photo Courtesy of Luke Inman)

Training Camp is a time to figure things out. I have a laundry list of things I want to shake out in Mankato and I’ll rattle a few off on the podcast. We’ll also talk about our production schedule for this week (at least one episode a day!), as well as rough outline of our Mankato adventure this weekend, and us singing the praises of Boulder Tap House. A place ya’ll should come swarm us after each Vikings practice. Do it.

A Few of the 37 Things I Want to Figure Out in Mankato Include
• Nothing about Adrian
• “How does Teddy look?”
• How much does Chad Greenway have left?
• That Zimmer Hellfire Defense in year two.
• Who wins at right guard? Harris – Berger/Yankey/Thompson/Shepherd/ FUSCO?
• With Clemmings staying at tackle, could he be the eventual replacement for Loadholt/Kalil?
• What’s Stefon Diggs gonna be?
• What’s the deal with Spielman’s arms?
• Will Trae Waynes even start as a rookie?
• Cordarelle has one strike left. Will he strike out?
• Tune in for the other 27!

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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