Monday, February 27, 2017

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VT QOTW

Randy Moss is the Greatest of All Time
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There will be no debate and no argument on the subject of Randy Moss. To the team at Vikings Territory, he was and remains the greatest wide receiver of all time. For many of us here, Moss was the catalyst of our fandom — the reason to turn on the television every Sunday from 1998 to 2004.

Moss recently celebrated his 40th birthday, and with that came a celebration of his illustrious career. Analysts shared clips of the wide receiver’s 40-yard touchdowns, displays of his unbelievable speed, and highlights of his unmatched athleticism. There was no receiver like Moss; even with disadvantageous position, he’d throw his hand in the air, and you immediately knew he was coming down with the catch. He was a “freak” in the best possible use of the term.

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Allow me to momentarily interrupt the ever-present and ongoing Teddy vs. Sam debate (Mobility! Winner! Accuracy! Smile!) with another edition of Links of the Week. Perhaps the only Vikings-related topic discussed as much as the quarterback dilemma (which, until both are healthy, is not a dilemma at all) the last few weeks is the potential landing place for Adrian Peterson. Peterson is still under contract with the Vikings for one more year, but with an $18 million cap hit, there’s a high likelihood the team will cut bait. The Vikings could of course bring him back at a lower dollar amount, but as our first bullet points out, the Adrian Peterson speculation knows no bounds:

  • In fact, the Star Tribune‘s Michael Rand writes Peterson has been linked to basically every NFL team. This post is a good collection of all the speculation, from intriguing to ridiculous. Some of the more reasonable teams named are the Giants, Buccaneers and…the Packers.
  • Adrian himself weighed in on Twitter Wednesday night, in his usual ham-fisted way of trying to be ominous or something:

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Feat. Jordan Reid (Viking Age) & Myles Gorham (Vikings Digital Diaries) — Episode 45

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald welcome aboard guest stars Jordan Reid (The Viking Age) and Myles Gorham (Vikings Digital Diaries) to discuss the Minnesota Vikings’ most expendable assets, defensive tackle prospects, linebacker prospects and plenty more on Episode 45 of About the Labor.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Vikings Analysis: Determining expendable assets with value on the open market
  • Vikings Analysis: Is exploring a trade a good idea?
  • Vikings Hypothetical: How much would you trade to acquire Dallas Cowboys’ Tyron Smith?
  • Draft: Larry Ogunjobi and 2017 defensive tackle prospects the Vikings may be reviewing
  • Draft: Sharrif Floyd’s status determines what round the Vikings look defensive tackle during
  • Draft: Deion Jones and the new wave of linebackers in the NFL
  • Draft: Duke Riley and 2017 linebacker prospects the Vikings may be reviewing
  • Draft: Determining Eric Kendricks’ role impacts what type of linebacker the Vikings target
  • Draft: Sleeper picks in the 2017 draft class
  • Skol Spin: Jordan Reid steps into the Skol Spin hot seat

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Vikings Begin Offensive Line Overhaul
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Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman lit the fuse on Friday afternoon, effectively blowing up one of the team’s weakest position groups before the start of free agency. According to an official announcement, the Vikings released offensive guards Brandon Fusco and Mike Harris.

Spielman made clear his intentions late last month in an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio. “Well, I think; obviously, we have to address the offensive line,” he said while elaborating on his offseason focus. “But I believe we have a lot of young pieces in place.” Spielman continued, confessing the franchise needs “to do a better job making sure that [it has] the quality depth not only at that position but every position.”

The team’s overhaul begins with a sudden shift from players like Fusco and Harris to young contributors in Nick Easton, Zac Kerin, and potential 2017 NFL Draft picks.

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Minnesota Vikings - Super Bowl - Minneapolis

Now that Super Bowl LI is over, we can focus on what’s REALLY important: How the Minnesota Vikings can make Super Bowl LII right here in the great city of Minneapolis.

Today’s Talkers Include
• Tom Brady Has the Same Skillset as Teddy Bridgewater
• Jerick McKinnon is Better Than James White
• The 2015 Falcons and 2016 Vikings Numerology is BS
• Cordarrelle Has Thoughts on the Kickoff Rules
• The MSFA Was Shady McShaderson
• Minneapolis Super Bowl Coming Up
• 2017 Super Bowl Odds are Out
• ESPN Predicts the Vikings to Lose in Super Bowl 52
• Combine & Free Agency Coming Up

All that and more “Teddy/Bradford are basically Tom Brady” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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