Monday, July 25, 2016

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Image courtesy of Chris Price

The Vikings have been in Mankato less than a week, and fans are already anxious to see where their favorite players sit on the team’s depth chart. After four training camp practices and this morning’s walkthrough session, Mike Zimmer and his coaching staff were expected to make a few changes to the roster, but things appear to be relatively the same as they were on Wednesday.

Thanks to Daniel House at Vikings Corner and Arif Hasan for the quick updates. I expect we’ll see a few changes in 11-on-11 during today’s afternoon practice:

Photo courtesy Ryan Cutler

I’ve consolidated a list of people you can expect to livetweet training camp, so it should be easier to follow along here if you don’t have a twitter account to get up to date with the comings and goings of camp. I will be updating every day or so the members of the list to most accurately reflect which members of the media will be there on that day (so, for example, Darren Wolfson of KSTP will not be there every day, but on days he is, he will be on the list below)


Hopefully this should make for an easy follow. If there’s every a player you want to know more about, don’t hesitate to tweet any member of the Vikings Territory staff! Follow them. There’s Adam, who heads up the main account, myself, Lindsey, AustinBrett, Brent, Carl and podcaster-in-residence Andy. Also be sure to check out Matt Engstrom’s feed, as he’s a phenomenal illustrator.

If you want a particularly in-depth look at or scouting report of a Vikings player, have a question about the scheme the Vikings use on offense or defense or if you want to know how to best watch the drills yourself, consider purchasing my training camp guide! You can check out a preview of it here, if you like. It will be a good way to follow along at camp if you hear about a player but you’re not entirely sure what they can bring. At the very least, it will help pass the time; at 50,000 words and over 120 pages, it should keep you occupied.

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As part of the U.S. Bank’s Vikings Biggest Fan contest, I joined 100 lucky fans for the experience of a lifetime yesterday — touring U.S. Bank Stadium and attending Vikings Training Camp in Mankato, Minnesota. Below, I’ll give my impressions of the day and my takeaways from a blustery day of padded practice. Enjoy! 

As I stood at the fence outside of U.S. Bank Stadium, I couldn’t help but marvel at the Vikings’ future home. I’d seen pictures of the building, but a picture doesn’t capture the sheer size of the stadium on Bud Grant Way. On my last trip to Minnesota, I visited the Metrodome, and my 10-year-old self left disappointed by the concrete husk of dome. This time, things were much different.

I strapped on my bright yellow vest, buckled my purple hard hat — reminiscent of the Vikings’ current helmets — and pulled my gloves on before stepping through a narrow passage into the stadium. We were the first 100 fans to ever take a tour, and we didn’t care that we looked ridiculous in our fluorescent construction gear.

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Thursday’s an off day for the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings in Mankato, but we’re still on the grind with our man Daniel House (@DanielHouseNFL) of Vikings Corner. He stops in to recap the first week of Vikings Training Camp, show a little love to the nice surprises of camp (Danielle Hunter, MyCole Pruitt, Mike Wallace, Gerald Hodges, and Antone Exum), as well as some of the not so great surprises. (You’ll never guess who…)

All that and other “Is Yankey International?” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Original Photo Courtesy of Thad Chesley (@Skolviking75) | Modified (Obv)

The Minnesota Vikings continue to grind on in absolutely, in no shape or form, not hot and humid Mankato – The Crown Jewel of South Central Minnesota. Eric Thompson (@Eric_J_Thompson) of the Daily Norseman joins the show to talk about his exploits at Training Camp, which players are rising in Mankato (Teddy, Diggs, Kendricks, Exum) and which are falling (Kali, Babs, Waynes), as well as what it’s like to walk away from exploding fire (the worst kind of fire) with Arif Hasan.

All that and other “Eric is a VIP” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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