Monday, December 18, 2017

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Mankato Minnesota Vikings

Another picturesque day in sunny and 77 degree Mankato. I welcomed in Josh Zimmer (@JZimmer_NFL) of NGSC Sports and Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman) in to have a frank and open conversation about the latest happening with the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings as Training Camp draws to a close.

Today’s Topics Include:
• Why Tre Roberson is Impressing
• Trae Waynes Made a Leap in Year 2
• Vikings Have the Deepest Defensive Line Unit in the NFL
• Thoughts on Matt Kalil
• The Great Berger or Sully Debate
• Andre Smith has Locked up the Starting Right Tackle Job
• What Chad Greenway Can Give This Team in 2016
• Who’s Going to be the Backup QB?
• #FreePruitt and #FreeMorganII
• How’s Teddy’s Deep Ball Look?
• Adrian Peterson Looks Like 2007 Adrian
• How Treadwell Can Contribute Early (Even Without Starting)

All that and other “Was That a Bang 8?” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Day 7 Practice
Image courtesy of Chris Price

This morning’s training camp feed was rather uneventful, but that should change this afternoon. The Minnesota Vikings take the field for another practice to close out the week.

Multiple bloggers, reporters, and Vikings Territory writers are in Mankato, where they’re firing off tweets at breakneck speed. Today’s practice comes a week before Minnesota’s first preseason game of the year, a matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. Joint practices begin on August 10 before the teams meet on Friday, August 12.

Enough about next week, though; it’s time for training camp practice!

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start at center
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

The most interesting battle of Vikings training camp is, to me, at center. You know the story; John Sullivan, while never a Pro Bowler, was widely considered one of the top centers in football before the two back surgeries that sidelined him for all of 2015. In his stead, Joe Berger—to that point a utility lineman, used mostly as a backup and spot starter—played not only admirably but at times dominantly, and was (if I may) the lone bright spot on the offensive line last season. He was Pro Football Focus’ second-highest rated center, grading significantly better than household names like Mike Pouncey, Alex Mack, and Max Unger.

So now the dilemma: assuming Sullivan is healthy (and signs point to “yes” in that regard), who starts?

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Day 7 Walk-Thru
Image courtesy of Chris Price

Hello again live-blogging community! I’m jumping back into the mix or the first time since free agency, and I’m looking forward to another exciting day of Minnesota Vikings football.

Adam Patrick’s been rocking these posts for the past week, but he’s getting much-deserved rest today. Follow along as we bring you all of the latest updates from Mankato, including reports from our very own Brent LaBathe and Andy Carlson.

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