Monday, August 21, 2017

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A Baker's Dozen Thoughts from the Vikings Night Practice [PODCAST] - 1500 ESPN Twin Cities

The final edition of the Minnesota Vikings famous Saturday Night Training Camp Practice from Mankato is in the books. We take the time to comb through a handful of pressing topics from the practice and the week leading up, including stories from our shows at Boulder Tap House and a few from the Mankato night life. #Ribfest

Today’s Talkers Include
• Stefon Diggs is Ready for Primetime
• Sam Bradford’s Accuracy is Still His Hallmark
• Dalvin Cook & Jerick McKinnon Will Be a Dynamic Duo
• Who Knew Rashod Hill’s Health Would Be Paramount
• Ben Gedeon is Legit
• Xavier Rhodes is NOT a Practice Player
• The Vikings Need a Big Year from Trae Waynes
• Rodney Adams is Back in the Derby
• Anthony Barr is Back
• Teddy is Still a Fan Favorite
• Why I’m in on Isaac Fruechte
• Big Linval’s Contract Extension

All that and more “Goodbye, Mankato” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Vikings Release First Unofficial Depth Chart
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The release of first unofficial depth chart of the season means very little in the grand scheme of a six-month campaign. But for fans of the Minnesota Vikings, it’s the tangible result of training camp’s most competitive battles. The order of names listed on today’s chart will surely change, but there’s plenty to glean from our initial glimpse into makeup of the 2017 Vikings.

First Unofficial Depth Chart

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Episode 91

Graphic designed by Brett Anderson

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald share their thoughts on the offensive side of the football at Minnesota Vikings training camp. Focal points include the wide receiver position, Sam Bradford’s accuracy, the backup quarterback battle and simply what made Mankato such a blast to be a part of.

Episode 91 is sponsored by Blackstack Brewing, The Twin Cities Directory and stand-up comedian Brendan Gay.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Training Camp Discussion: Wide Receivers, Sam Bradford and Plenty More

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Vikings Territory staffer Drew Mahowald presents his key takeaways from Saturday night’s Vikings training camp practice.

For 52 years, Minnesota Vikings Training Camp has been highlighted by the annual Saturday evening practice under the lights at Blakeslee Stadium.

The team’s final training camp is no different, as over 10,500 people filled the stands to watch the Vikings under the lights. It was truly a tremendous slue of humanity.

And man, did the Vikings put on a show for their final night scrimmage in Mankato.

The intensity was clearly taken to another level. Pads clashed louder and the trash talk was more colorful. The Vikings spent most of practice in 11-on-11 situational drills, and it was clear that neither side wanted to look bad.

See the major takeaways below.

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Vikings Territory staffer Drew Mahowald spoke with David Morgan about his role increasing as he approaches his second season.

For nearly 20 years now, the Minnesota Vikings have boasted a blue-chip, jack-of-all-trades tight end in their offense.

This role features a player who can line up in several different formations and fulfill many blocking roles and still be effective as a receiver.

Jim Kleinsasser first occupied this role when he was drafted in 1999. As his 13-year career concluded, Rhett Ellison gained control of the role for the next five seasons before signing with the New York Giants this offseason.

That role is now open for the taking, but second-year man David Morgan and his luxurious locks have the inside track on the role in 2017, both via his skill set and his experience. Morgan has a lot of respect for what Ellison brought to the table for the Vikings.

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