Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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[Editor’s Note: As you all know, it’s important to us at Vikings Territory to provide a platform for voices other than ours to be heard through Guest Posts. This time around, we’re welcoming Adam Patrick, who currently writes about the Vikings at Pro Football Spot. You can follow Adam on Twitter at @Str8_Cash_Homey, and make sure to be on the lookout for more of his work!]

At 12:45 am on Monday July 7, 2014, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson was pulled over by police on Bush Lake Road in Bloomington, Minnesota. During the traffic stop, Simpson was given citations for possession of marijuana, violating the guidelines for driving on a limited license, and for driving while in possession of an open bottle of alcohol.

A few months later, on September 18, Simpson was informed that his services were no longer needed by the Vikings as the team had decided to release him. With Simpson’s release, Minnesota now had an open spot on its roster.

Before he landed with the Vikings in 2014, Minnesota’s offensive coordinator Norv Turner had spent the previous season running the offense for the Cleveland Browns. When Simpson’s release created an opening on the Vikings roster, Turner had a very good idea of who the team should consider bringing into Minnesota to fill that spot.

At the time of Simpson’s release, Charles Johnson was a young wide receiver awaiting his call up to the big leagues as a member of the Browns practice squad. Turner and his son, current Vikings quarterback coach Scott Turner, had developed an admiration for Johnson when they were all in Cleveland in 2013.

The Vikings and head coach Mike Zimmer had faith in the Turner’s recommendation of Johnson and decided to offer the young receiver a contract. Despite the Browns still wanting to keep Johnson in Cleveland, the opportunity to work with the Turners ultimately became the determining factor in Johnson’s decision to sign with Minnesota.

Signing with the Vikings was Johnson’s latest step in his long journey to the NFL. A journey that began almost 11 hours away from his current employer in Minnesota.

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Austin: Week 14 | Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals
In their only Thursday Night Football game of the year, the Vikings will travel to Arizona just four days after hosting the defending NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks. Both games are likely to be physical battles, and it will be difficult for the team to turn around and win a game against the Cardinals on the road. I think the Vikings have the talent, and defensive line, to compete with the high-powered Cardinals offense, and this game will be a true test of their mental and physical stamina. Norv Turner can negate the Cardinals’ double A-Gap blitzes with a mix of quick passes and draws, while Mike Zimmer’s crop of cornerbacks will have their hands full with John Brown, Larry Fitzgerald, and Michael Floyd. I expect a low-scoring, defensive battle this late into the season, and we’ll find out if Zimmer’s unit can keep fighting just one week after a tough matchup with the Seahawks.

Carl: Week 11 | Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings
The biggest rivalry game on the schedule also represents the biggest challenge this season for the upstart Minnesota Vikings. The Packers have won nine of the last 11 meetings, and 58 of the 109 overall contests since the two teams first played in 1961. The Vikings will have nine games under their belt this season when they face the four-time defending NFC North Division Champs at TCF Bank Stadium on Week 11. I’m confident the Vikings will have a 3-0 divisional record heading into this all-important statement game. The Vikings appear to be on the verge of becoming a very good football team… just how good will certainly be answered when the Cheese Heads come to town.

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When reporters asked Mike Wallace Tuesday if he’s curious to see Adrian Peterson play, Vikings fans knew what the receiver would say long before he had a chance to answer the question — of course! Given the fact that the Vikings are averaging a meager three yards per carry this preseason, Peterson’s return to the backfield is long overdue. On September 14th, he’ll make his first appearance on the field since rushing for 75 yards in Week One last season. Regardless of the team’s struggles early on, offensive coordinator Norv Turner is optimistic and nearly as excited as Wallace to see No. 28 suit up against the 49ers:

“We’re going to be a good running football team,” Turner said on Tuesday. “We developed into a pretty good running team last year and obviously we’re anxious to get [Adrian] Peterson back.”

No one doubts Peterson’s rushing abilities — he’s averaged five yards per carry over his career, rushed for more than 10,000 yards, and has scored almost 90 touchdowns on the ground in eight seasons. At 30 years old, Peterson’s hit the proverbial “running back wall,” but who expects Peterson to do anything but crash through that wall this year? He’s in the best shape of his life, which is scary considering he broke the 2,000-yard mark in 2012 a year after tearing his ACL.

Don’t be surprised if Peterson carries the ball more than 300 times in 2015. In each of the seasons where he played all 16 games (2008, 2009, 2012), Peterson eclipsed that number and was projected to do so in 2013, when he carried the ball 279 times through 14 games. Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon will get their touches, but Peterson is the workhorse of the group — if he stays healthy, he’ll easily rush for more than 1,200 yards.

I have one request, though. Please, please get Adrian Peterson involved in the passing game. Knowing Norv Turner’s history calling offenses, that should happen this season. But how often will Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson connect? Let’s find out.

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The Minnesota Fighting Vikings have one (ONE!) freaking preseason game left before the 2015 Season of Believin’ kicks off two Monday nights from now in Santa Clara (and hopefully ends there too).

Di Murphy (@DiMurphyMN) stops by to talk some Purple talking points, gust about Danielle Hunter, and play a lil Ya or Nah.

Other “One More Free Skate Til Showtime” Talkers Include
• Vikings down to 75. Were at 78 for Monday’s show
• ♫ Bye Bye Little Mike Kafka ♫
• The Taylor Heinicke Show premieres Thursday
• Di Murphy – How’s school?
• Cordarrelle gets repieve from the Governor
• Teddy to Wallace & CJ
• Danielle Hunter finally made a splash
• I don’t get the Trae Waynes over analysis.
• Dominique Williams or Matt Asiata
• Mike Mauti is done
• The #Vikings are #23 on ESPN’s Football Power Index. Good.
• Sports reporting should be more than just reciting PFF ratings
• Hodges, Barr, Greeway, Kendricks – LET’S GO
• What’s up with Blair Walsh?
• Tennessee Titans: What are you excited to see?
• Game Time: Ya or Nah? – 53 Man Roster Edition
• Shoutout to Master Tesfatsion heading to the Washington Post
• LOL RG3. Although I kinda feel bad for him.
• I Love/Hate Fantasy Football
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All that and other “Watch Your Back, Teddy” on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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The Vikings announced Tuesday that they have waived QB Mike Kafka with an injury designation. The move drops Minnesota’s roster to 75 players, which means there are still plenty of cuts that will need to happen for the final 53-man list.

Waiving Kafka also leaves just three quarterbacks on the roster, but there’s been much speculation as to whether Minnesota will carry just two for the season.

Back in July, Star Tribune writer Master Tesfatsion said the following:

“It’ll be interesting to see whether the Vikings keep three quarterbacks on the roster like they did last year, which I highly doubt [will] be the case.”

Since the NFL expanded the practice squad allotment from eight players to 10 last summer, teams have a little more leeway with how they use those slots. It wouldn’t be surprising if the Vikings keep just Teddy Bridgewater and Shaun Hill on the active roster and consider hanging onto Heinicke via the practice squad.

However, Heinicke hopes that’s not the case.

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