Sunday, July 24, 2016

Is the Offensive Line Fixed?
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This 10-part series focuses on the biggest questions facing the Vikings as they head into Mankato for their training camp festivities. Be sure to answer the first five questions HEREHERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

CAMP QUESTION #6 – MENDED OR MAKESHIFT?

There’s a belief hanging around the Minnesota Vikings that the team will suddenly contend for a Lombardi Trophy. After an offseason of free agent signings and coaching changes, the Vikings appear destined for greatness beyond the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Veterans are returning to full strength, new additions are pushing for starting jobs, and Teddy Bridgewater appears ready to take the next step.

But they won’t have a shot at a Super Bowl if the offensive line is broken. It’s the most crucial question facing the Vikings heading into 2016, and it’s a question that won’t be answered until the regular season begins. General manager Rick Spielman set his roster up to succeed, but it’s on the players at each position to embrace the competition and improve on a disappointing 2015 season.

Old faces, new names, and unknowns make up the 16-man depth chart, which will surely experience changes as the team runs through training camp. A step-by-step walk down the line reveals the strengths, weaknesses, and question marks facing the unit as they prepare for a challenging offseason.

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Andrew Sendejo
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This 10-part series focuses on the biggest questions facing the Vikings as they head into Mankato for their training camp festivities. Be sure to answer the first three questions HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE. At this point, I’ll let you in on a little secret: Austin and I plan to use your voting results to formulate a Vikings 53-man roster prediction, so sharpen up your prognosticating skills!

For the second year in a row, the Vikings are among the NFL teams with the least amount of turnover on the defensive side of the football. For the most part, that is a positive thing and this defense is quickly becoming one of the league’s most feared, but there is one pesky position for which Rick Spielman and Mike Zimmer have yet to find a concrete solution.

The Vikings made Harrison Smith the highest paid safety in the NFL in June, which was certainly one of their primary objectives for the offseason, and there are few arguments against the move that locks him into a purple uniform for years to come.

What fans are not feeling too giddy about, however, are the prospects of the starting spot across from Smith at strong safety. They dipped into the free agency pool for a safety, and they drafted one, but none of the available options have masses of Vikings fans jumping for joy at the moment.

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American Flag

It has been awhile, but it is about time for Minnesota Vikings news, opinions, and tidbits to be floating around faster than we can keep up with via fully fleshed out articles. That means it is a great time to resurrect the “Links of the Week” feature here at Vikings Territory where we do our best to tour you around the internet in a search for all things Vikings.

Before we get started, however, I want to address two things.

First, I want to take our horn hats off to the men and women that have served, and are currently serving, our country to defend the independence that we are all celebrating this weekend. Regardless of your NFL allegiance, and yes I’m saying this even extends to Packers fans, thank you all for the sacrifices you and your families have made in order to ensure this nation can endure the hard times and also celebrate our triumphs.

Second, I want to once again point out the best link for Vikings fans to click on this summer. The interview Daniel House conducted with head coach Mike Zimmer is absolutely phenomenal and I encourage all of you to check it out. Even if you aren’t compelled to donate to the 2016 #MoreThanWords campaign, this article gives us all great insight as to who the man at the helm really is… it goes way beyond the sidelines to find out what makes the man tick.

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Youth and the Cornerback Conundrum
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This 10-part series focuses on the biggest questions facing the Vikings as they head into Mankato for their training camp festivities. Be sure to answer the first three questions HERE, HERE, and HERE.

CAMP QUESTION #4 – BATTLE OF THE YOUTH

The Minnesota Vikings are primed for a competitive 10 days of training camp in Mankato. From the battles at offensive line to the stalemate at strong safety, the team’s depth chart is sure to be in a constant state of flux. But neither position will experience as much jockeying as cornerback, where general manager Rick Spielman has said the team is “trying to keep as much competition” as they can.

Xavier Rhodes is the clear starter on one side of the field, and he’s in no place to lose his job in the next two years. Minnesota picked up his fifth-year option this offseason, locking up Rhodes through 2017. It’s on the other side of the field where things get complicated.

Sure, Terence Newman returns on a one-year, $3-million deal this year, but second-year cornerback Trae Waynes is waiting in the wings. Not to mention, the Vikings drafted Mackensie Alexander with this year’s second round pick, muddling an already deep unit of the roster.

Right now, it’s Rhodes, Newman, and Captain Munnerlyn at the top, with Waynes and Alexander sitting impatiently on the sidelines. Waynes enters training camp following an encouraging finish to 2015, while Mackensie arrives with the distinction of being a more pro-ready prospect coming out of college. Both have a chance to play this season, but it’s a matter of timing, circumstances, and performance; let the games begin.

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Minnesota Vikings: Resurgence

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings defeated the Green Bay Alien Packers last year to secure the NFC North Division crown.

But we always knew they’d be back…..

We gear up for another year of battle with our gruesome, green, over-weight nemesis from across the Mississippi with some Vikings talkers leading into your 4th of July Weekend.

Today’s Topics Include
• Alan Roach is a Hot Damn BOSS
• Troy Williamson Said it was All in his Head
• Buddy Ryan Changed Cris Carter’s Life
• Kyle Rudolph Believes in Kyle Rudolph
• USA Today Ranked Teddy-Zim #12 QB-Coach Duo
• T-Jack Ends His NFL Career
• Sid Hartman to be Honored at US Bank Stadium
• PFF Points Out What We Already Knew About Teddy’s Protection
• Vikings Beef Up Analytics Department

All that and other “THIS. IS OUT. INDEPENDENCE DAY.” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

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