Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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When Teddy Bridgewater needed a third down conversion on Saturday night, he looked to Charles Johnson. When the pocket collapsed and Bridgewater needed to get rid of the football, he looked to Charles Johnson. And when the Vikings needed a touchdown in the red zone, who did Bridgewater throw the ball to?

Charles Johnson

If reports out of training camp and comments from Norv Turner weren’t enough to convince you this offseason, the Vikings’ third preseason game was the icing on the “Charles Johnson is the team’s No. 1 receiver” cake.  After the game, Bridgewater spoke to the strong chemistry he has developed with Johnson:

“Charles, he came up big for us tonight. You talk about that touchdown catch he had today with the defensive back all over his shoulders. Charles, he’s a big, physical guy. He helps out in the run game with his blocking for the running backs and it showed tonight in the passing game in just the first half – not even the entire first half, but the first quarter. He showed that he’s going to be big for us this year.”

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Cullen Loeffler has played 171 snaps at long snapper for the Vikings, the most in franchise history and a testament to his staying power in Minnesota. Today, the organization says goodbye to their most-tenured player, releasing Loeffler after 12 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.

“These types of decisions are the hardest part of our jobs,” said GM Rick Spielman in a statement released on the team’s official website. “Cullen was outstanding in the community and on the field for the Vikings. He handled his business with class and his impact in the locker room and on the franchise were second to none. We wish him the best in the future.”

Loeffler, who joined the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2004, signed a one-year, $1.05 million contract extension with an $80,000 signing bonus this offseason. The slight pay cut from his 2014 salary indicated the front office was prepared to release Loeffler if expectations weren’t met or bring in competition to raise his level of play.

In a video that’s recently [and quickly] making the rounds on social media, Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter is seen leading a session for NFL rookies. In case you had any doubt about his status, Carter is—of course—wearing the yellow jacket.

At this specific point, Carter brings up the concept of NFL athletes designating a “fall guy.” Coincidentally, Carter calls up Teddy Bridgewater to use as an example in his hypothetical scene. Carter says the following:

If ya’ll have a crew, you have to have a ‘fall guy’ in the crew. […] I let my homeboys know. Ya’ll want to keep rolling like this, then I need to know who’s gonna be the ‘fall guy’—who’s going to be driving—because you’re not all gonna be doing the right stuff, all right? So I have to teach you how to get around all this stuff, too. If you’re going to have a crew, one of those fools has to know he’s going to jail. We’ll get him out.

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Normally, a team with low expectations looks forward to preseason victories. With each win usually comes a performance or two that provide a boost to the optimism within the fan base.

In 2015, the Vikings are not used to entering August with high expectations, but that is indeed how the end of their offseason concluded. Unfortunately, as the preseason victories pile up, the list of potential downfalls continues to grow and enough things are going wrong that fans have to be worried about just how snake bit this roster could end up being by December.

HALL OF FAME GAME: Trae Waynes Isn’t An Immediate Star

Regardless of what history tells us, fans can’t help but hope their team’s first round selections are immediate contributors and, in some cases, immediate stars. Vikings fans have somewhat recent experience watching top selections dominate the NFL with Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin both earning rookie of the year honors and others earning Pro Bowl honors right out of the gate.

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Mike Zimmer and the Minnesota Vikings continue their dominance over every preseason foe put in front of them… The Purple prevailed over the Oakland Raiders 20-16 Saturday night at The Bank in a game that featured bad weather, a stoppage of play, and Blair Walsh taking 10 points off the dinner table.

Other “At Least Blair Walsh Got Paid” Talkers Include
• Mike Zimmer’s 7-0 preseason record means nada
• Adrian Thinks he’s LeBron James
• I’m happy people didn’t boo Ponder
• Streaking during a rain delay is weaksauce & shouldn’t count
• Blair Walsh needs to get it together
• TJ Clemmings did not have a good time…
• Matt Kalil got a confidence builder, keeping Khalil Mack in check
• Joe Berger is valuable
• Teddy Has Vision Like Steve Jobs
• Good to get Charles Johnson going
• Where is Mike Wallace?
• McKinnon hasn’t looked great & Asiata hasn’t been… Terrible?
• Chase Ford lives!
• What the heck’s going on at middle linebacker?
• Marcus Sherels is all-around valuable & Stefon Diggs is learning
• Brian Peters is quickly becoming my new favorite
• The Weekly Referendum on Trae Waynes
• JUSTIN TRATTOU NEEDS TO MAKE THE 53 OR I WILL GO ON A HUNGER STRIKE
• Cordarrelle didn’t know where to line up on the spike play…
• The Christian Ponder-Trent Richardson Read Option aka Musgrave’s Revenge
• Support the show by telling a friend & bookmarking us on Amazon!

All that and other “I wanna hang with Everson” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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