Monday, June 26, 2017

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Episode 74

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald take a deeper look at Jerick McKinnon’s 15-pound bulk-up, discuss Mike Zimmer’s preaching situational football during mandatory Minnesota Vikings Mini Camp, begin to wonder if an Edmond Robinson emergence is truly in the works, rank the NFC North’s linebacking units and field a pair of outstanding Twitter Takes on hypothetical trade scenarios and red-zone personnel packages. And finally, the guys breakdown the worst Halloween candy they received in a comic relief edition of the Take 5 offseason closer.


  1. Intro: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Bulk Up: Can Jet realistically compete with Cook and Murray? (1:04)
  3. Pro Zimmer Focus: Situational Football & 2016 Situational Fails (9:02)
  4. Edmond Emergence: Just a Mini Camp Hero or Foreshadowing? (16:02)
  5. NFC North Rankings: Linebacker (21:08)
  6. Fitz &Tantrums: ‘Trade You’d Like to See in 2017’ – via @VikingKing888 (28:19)
  7. Perfect Personnel: ‘3rd&Goal; 8 Yards Out; Empty Backfield Set’ – via @StevePa27 (32:37)
  8. Take 5: Worst Halloween Candy (38:11)
  9. Sign-Out: Which Halloween Candy Do You Hate? Let Us Know (44:44)

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Vikings Territory Roundtable — Episode 16

VT Roundtable Episode 16

Welcome Back to the VT Roundtable!

Episode 16 features a six-man team made up of Austin Belisle (@austincbelisle), BJ Reidell (@RobertReidell), Brett Anderson (@brettAnderson87), Drew Mahowald (@DrewMahowald), Ham Neumann (@NeumSamN) and Sean Borman (@SeanBoarMan). The crew collectively amps up the energy for discussions surrounding Pro Football Focus’ polarizing player evaluation system, the Vikings quarterback poised to emerge victorious at The Battle Behind Bradford and plenty more in yet another thrilling installment of the VT Roundtable!

Check out Episode 16 after the jump and subscribe to the Vikings Territory YouTube channel to ensure that you never miss a VT Roundtable discussion, the latest installment of Bump & Run or and other VT/TV videos!

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It is officially time to begin the countdown.

Eighty-nine days separate fans from an epic, Monday Night Football showdown between a potentially historic Mike Zimmer defense and Sean Payton’s New Orleans Saints offense, which, once again, projects to be extremely dangerous behind stalwart signal-caller Drew Brees, 2016 breakout receiver Michael Thomas and, of course, the game-breaking talent of recently-acquired running back Alvin Kamara.

New Orleans’ other running back acquisition this offseason, Adrian Peterson, is indeed scheduled to attend his 11th-consecutive Vikings home opener. But, instead of donning his trademark purple and gold No. 28 jersey, Minnesota’s all-time leading rusher will take the field “funded” by his success in a down-right abhorrent and equally vile black and gold uniform — a color scheme eternally linked to the organization most individually responsible for his lack of a diamond-plated finger weight.

Peterson, of course, was canonized as a Saint following a late-February decision by the Vikings to move forward without their 10-year franchise icon. The opportunity to test his value on the free-agent market for the first (and potentially only) instance during his career was widely expected, but Peterson was never forced to play through the inherent pressure of an expiring deal — contract year.

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Vikings Minicamp Recap – Day 1

The first day of the Vikings June minicamp was held Tuesday morning at Winter Park. The players did not wear pads, yet the practice featured an intense 2-hour session of full-team scrimmages and situational football.

After the workout, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer spoke to the press. He gave insight on the state of the team and provided multiple player updates.

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