Friday, October 9, 2015

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The Minnesota Vikings are working to be a more fit, more agile, and more productive team.  According to an ESPN article, the Vikings have collectively shed 170 pounds of body fat and gained 70 pounds of muscle.

Earlier this spring, buzz surrounded rookie defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd as he worked to build a healthier lifestyle. Floyd is preparing to compete for the starting nose tackle job previously held by Kevin Williams. You can view a video highlighting his efforts here.

Floyd isn’t the only member of the franchise making changes, however. One of the first things Coach Mike Zimmer did when joining Minnesota was take high-fat items out of the Vikings’ menu. “I’m eating fish every day for lunch,” said Zimmer. “That’s a new thing for me.”

In addition to diet changes, the team has also changed its offseason weight-lifting program. The new regiment is helping players trim the fat while building muscle.

Zimmer acknowledges that the extra adjustments have been a “collective effort” by the team, and it seems like everyone is on board. Thus far, Floyd is showing the most significant results. Since starting his personal lifestyle changes and also taking part with Zimmer’s program tweaks, the tackle has lost 25 pounds from where he was at the end of the 2013-14 season.

Floyd said the following:

“I changed a lot of things this offseason. I stopped eating meat. I started eating just seafood and really focusing on my diet, and everything leads into what I do on Sunday. [Giving up meat was] really hard. I lived off pork. I thought pork made the world go around. […] That was just me [making the decision]. Do I want to keep putting this stuff in my body or do I want to get right? So I decided to give up things that I love that are not really good for me right now. My body feels great. I’ve been telling people my body hasn’t felt this way since I first started playing football.”

With the roster working together to follow Floyd’s example, Vikings fan can be assured that these guys will be ready to go come September 7.

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Per Ed Werder at ESPN, Kevin Williams has agreed to a deal with the Seattle Seahawks worth just over $2 million.

Williams was in talks with the Seahawks, Giants, Patriots and Vikings.

Anyone who is surprised by this news has not been following the Vikings or the NFL for some time, as the Seahawks have made it a habit of rostering former Vikings, though they haven’t made a huge impact as of yet.

Still it should be interesting following the former defensive end-turned under tackle-turned temporary nose tackle. At Seattle, he will likely play a rotational three-technique role that should provide them with excellent depth at a position where they don’t have much (unlike Winfield, who entered a Seattle team that had a stacked secondary with incredible depth).

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The Minnesota Vikings have waived-injured former Texans and Florida Atlantic receiver Lestar Jean, per the NFL transactions report. It’s not clear what injury Jean suffered from, and as far as I could tell he didn’t show up in any of the injury reports put out by ESPN, 1500ESPN, the Star Tribune or the Pioneer Press.

It must be a serious injury if the Vikings weren’t willing to wait it out for camp, as they don’t have an answer for the fifth or sixth receiver spots on the roster. “Waived-injured” is a specific designation teams must give a player if they intend to put that player on injured reserve. Unlike the process during the season, a player must go through waivers if a team intends to put him on injured reserve, and expose him to other teams.

The designation lets other teams know that this player is injured, and they very rarely claim those players as a result (a famous exception being when the New England Patriots claimed an injured Jake Ballard).

If they do not put Jean on injured reserve and he is not claimed by a team, he will be subject to an injury settlement that the team and his agent will agree to. That injury settlement is pay for the time the player is expected to miss while healing, and he can only claim it if he does not sign with a team until that date.

I don’t expect this to have a huge impact, and not just for the simple reason that he would be competing for a bottom receiver spot—I expected Erik Lora, Rodney Smith or Adam Thielen to compete for that spot, with some shots by Kain Colter.

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Adrian Peterson is not going to take the Minnesota Vikings to the Super Bowl.

Before anyone says anything—before you call me a traitor and an AP-hater or, even worse, a Packer fan—let me say something. I am none of those things. In fact, I am the world’s biggest Adrian Peterson fan.

I bleed purple. I think All Day is one of the best players to ever be on a Vikings roster, and I think he’s the best running back in the league (sorry, LeSean).

I hate this topic just as much as any other Vikings fan. In the ideal Minnesota sports world, I get to wear my rose (purple?)-colored glasses, and Adrian Peterson never ages. He never gets tired, his knees always regenerate, and he never reaches the other side of the hill.

But, that’s not reality. Peterson is getting older, and eventually he will be at a place—will it be this season?—where he is considered “past his prime.” Over the past couple of years, rumors have come and gone regarding Peterson’s future in Minnesota and if it would be profitable for the Vikings to trade their star RB. The buzz especially increased this season around the time of the NFL Draft.

Although this article is difficult for me to write as I want nothing more than to see Peterson finish out his football days as a Minnesota Viking, let’s take a step back and look at several different factors.

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