Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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Vikings' Depth Chart Begins to Take Shape
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Training Camp for the Minnesota Vikings hasn’t been all that exciting this year. Save for a few one-handed catches from Stefon Diggs and some specular deep shots from Teddy Bridgewater, much remains the same in Mankato. Roster turnover isn’t an issue for the team, free agent acquisitions are performing as advertised, and trust in the organization is at an all-time high.

There’s plenty to be certain about in Minnesota; the strength of the defense, Adrian Peterson’s rushing ability, and Blair Walsh’s renewed confidence. Uncertainty, in a sense, isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The Vikings have so much young talent that difficult depth chart decisions won’t make or break the team’s season.

In Minnesota, the front office isn’t asking, “Who’s our quarterback;” they’re debating the hierarchy of a loaded roster. And no matter the final decision, the result will be a 53-man roster with more potential than any Vikings team since 2009.

This morning during walkthroughs, head coach Mike Zimmer gave the media a sneak preview of the team’s ‘Cincinnati’ depth chart. It’s the first unofficial roster of the 2016 preseason and reveals exactly where the Vikings stand after two weeks in Mankato.

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With only two practices remaining, the Minnesota Vikings time in Mankato is already coming to a close. After the team’s practice today, the team will have a final practice first thing tomorrow morning at 8am (central time).

Like this morning, we will have live coverage of today and tomorrow’s events in Mankato. So follow along and keep up with the latest from Vikings camp…

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Minnesota Vikings Mankato Training Camp Stefon Diggs
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My time at Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings Training Camp has concluded. I enjoyed my time watching the team in the Crown Jewel of South Central Minnesota. Everyone loved Ribfest, but it’s time to get serious about some football. Here’s 14 observations from Mankato.

Today’s Topics Include
• How’s Teddy Look?
• Everson Griffen Might Be a Top-5 Edge Player
• I Don’t Know About Xavier Rhodes – Elite or Just a Guy
• Adrian Peterson Is Ready to Go
• MyCole Pruitt & David Morgan II Look to Be Big Factors
• I Believe in Matt Kalil 2016
• Sully/Berger Will Be a Matchup to Watch
• Charles Johnson is Going to Start. Deal with It
• Laquon Treadwell is Not Going to Start. Deal with It
• Stefon Diggs is Disgusting
• Trae Waynes is Massively Improved
• I Think the Vikings Keep 4 Safeties
• Blair Walsh and Jeff Locke Update
• BONUS: Moritz Jerome Boehringer Is…

All that and other “Damn You, Ribfest” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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In less than a week the Minnesota Vikings will be suiting up for an actual game! Well okay, not quite since it is just a preseason game.

But still, some sort of actual, organized football is going to be played by the Vikings on Friday when they face-off against the Cincinnati Bengals. The team’s preparation for the Bengals begins today with their walk-thru and that begins..

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After returning to Mankato to cover training camp for my fourth consecutive year, I have started to notice a few consistencies. No more notable, maybe, than the amount of fans who will drive in from all over to watch their Vikings practice under the hot sun of southern Minnesota.

More than 10,000 fans attended the annual evening practice Saturday night, making it clear that faith in the organization is at an all time high.

This comes as no surprise to many, I am sure. There has always been that pocket of the fan base that believes their team can be a Super Bowl contender, no matter what the four letter network is projecting. What seems to be different this year however, is the amount of faith fans have in head coach Mike Zimmer and the front office led by general manager Rick Spielman.