Sunday, September 25, 2016

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The NFL season is on us like white on rice. We’re still three days away from our Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings taking on the San Francisco 4ers (the 9 retired) Monday night at the Field of Jeans, home of Super Bowl Fitty. To get a dual perspective, we got Vincent Frank (@VincentFrankNFL) of eDraft, Yardbarker, and Forbes to stop by and drop some Niner knowledge on us as well as Arif Hasan’s (@ArifHasanNFL) weekly spot talking mostly offensive line issues. 🙁

Other “The O-Line is Shakier Than a Subpar Pizza Buffet” Talkers Include
• John Sullivan on IR DFR. What does it mean for the o-line?
• Jarius Wright got PAID
• Vikings San Francisco Memories!
Vincent Frank Talks 49ers
-What the hell happened the the Niners?
-Aldon Smith needs help. Ahmad Brooks is a shady dude.
-What will Tomsula be?
-Carlos Hyde will become an elite NFL running back.
-What is a Jarryd Hayne?
Vincent’s NFL preview on Forbes
-Can Kaepernick take the next step?
-FLY INTO THE GABBERT ZONE
-Vincent: Adrian will break the single season rushing record in 2015
-Kaep or Teddy, RIGHT NOW?
-Niners win on Monday if ________?
Arif Hasan for his regular Friday spot
-What was Arif’s nickname growing up?
-Weight of the Sully injury
-How will Jeremiah “Amish Paradise” Sirles fit in?
-Wright was paid why?
-Vikings have the fastest WR corp in the league
-Roster breakdown. Surprises?
-Adrian. Game One. What to expect?
-Any surprises from Teddy & Norv during the regular season? #VikingsPistol
-Vikings win on Monday if ________?
• Hypothetical: What 5 NFL figures do you want with you on a desert island?
• Four episode week next week!
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All that and other “See You In Santa Clara” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Looking to contain Colin Kaepernick

Image courtesy of Vikings.com

The losses of right tackle Phil Loadholt and center John Sullivan are major storylines heading into the Vikings’ season opener Monday night. Questions that weren’t as pressing before the preseason — “How many times will the 49ers sack Teddy Bridgewater?” — are now at the forefront of game previews and predictions as the start of the regular season draws closer.

Like others who follow and cover the team, my concerns are legitimate given the 49ers’ depth along the defensive line and defensive coordinator Eric Mangini’s penchant for blitzing opposing quarterbacks. Teddy Bridgewater could very well be in trouble Monday night, but Norv Turner will find ways to keep his quarterback upright, whether that means employing a quick-hitting pass attack with three-step drops or running the hurry-up to keep the defense off balance.

If there’s a quarterback who’s going to struggle Monday night, it’s going to be Colin Kaepernick. The 49ers’ signal caller continues to frustrate an impatient San Francisco fan base, as noted by San Francisco Chronicle columnist Kevin Lynch:

“The most glaring observation,” he wrote, “(was) Kaepernick’s inability to step up when he’s pressured. Often his first reaction to pressure was either to step sideways or backwards, not up in the pocket.”

Kaepernick’s lack of pocket presence led to 52 sacks last year, and one Vikings defensive end looks to add to those totals on Monday night: Everson Griffen.

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Jarius Wright
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The Vikings have certainly been busy with announcements this morning, and it seems they saved the good news for last. After reporting that center John Sullivan was placed on IR, the team announced Thursday morning that wide receiver Jarius Wright signed a contract extension.

According to Ian Rapoport, Wright’s deal is a four-year extension worth $14.8 million, $7 million of that being guaranteed money.

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Starting center underwent lumbar microdiscectomy Wednesday

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If the Vikings weren’t concerned about starting center John Sullivan earlier this week, they should be now. According to the team’s official website, Sullivan underwent a lumbar microdiscectomy on Wednesday and was placed on the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list. The injury and subsequent move to the IR means Sullivan can begin practicing after six weeks and playing after eight weeks.

Sullivan, who hadn’t practiced since August 18 because of back spasms, will miss at least half of the 2015 season, making him the second major loss to the Vikings’ starting offensive line. He joins Phil Loadholt on the sideline, leaving Teddy Bridgewater and the offense with a completely revamped group of players up front.

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Adam: Kyle Rudolph
Last year at about this time, there was an expectation that Kyle Rudolph could fit into Norv Turner’s offense in a similar way to what we saw out of Antonio Gates for so many years in San Diego. Health issues combined with poor quarterback play to derail those hopes last season, but Rudolph now appears to be a healthy pass-catching option capable of carrying some preseason chemistry with Teddy Bridgewater over into Week One. My expectations are sky high for Rudolph this season, as I see him as the best safety blanket and red zone target, and would not be surprised to see Rudolph running routes designed to test that weakened linebacker group the Niners are now fielding. Predicting a first touchdown is a fickle thing (heck, it could end up being a defender for all we know) dependent on a ton of unknowns, but I’ll go ahead and plant my Rudolph flag from the get-go. Why not?

Brent: Adrian Peterson
I see no better way for the Vikings to kick off the season and put 2014 behind them than letting Peterson pound his way through the 49er defense for six. Aside for letting bygones be bygones, it would be wise of the Vikings to establish a strong running game early and often to keep some pressure off Teddy Bridgewater and open the field for downfield passing later in the game/season.

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