Saturday, February 25, 2017

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Skol Spin No. 3: Bridgewater Expected to Miss All of 2017 — Episode 43

Cover Art by Photoshop Expert BJ Reidell

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald return extremely well rested from their weekend off with a sizzling hot 68-minute About the Labor Special centered around the most important position in sports, the quarterback.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Vikings Analysis: The Teddy Bridgewater vs. Sam Bradford is just flat-out stupid right now
  • Draft: Deshaun Watson, Mitch Trubisky and the most well-regarded quarterback prospects in 2017
  • Draft: Pittsburgh’s Nathan Peterman deserves more respect
  • Draft Debate: BJ vs. Drew on Tennessee’s Josh Dobbs’ NFL future
  • Fury Take: BJ goes all-in on former Minnesota trash can Mitch Leidner (New Show Decibel Record)
  • Draft: The guys show their age a little bit while discussing middle school survivor CJ Beathard
  • Skol Spin: ATL Pioneer Iñaki Flood becomes first random guest to take the Skol Spin Challenge
  • Outro: Per standard, BJ stumbles through closing statements and Drew establishes his sign-out role

Three Questions

Aj Mansour on Jarius Wright, Midseason Drama, and the 2017 NFL Draft
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Aj Mansour is practically a household name among Minnesota Vikings fans. Long a contributor at kfan.com, he’s making like Lebron James and taking his talents to another Internet “city.” Only this time, it’s not Miami or Cleveland.

Mansour’s joining the growing team at Purple PTSD, where our friend Joe Johnson serves up daily reminders of the struggle of being a Vikings fan. Like good neighbors, we asked Aj to participate in the final installment of “Three Questions,” and he happily obliged.

Before we get to his answers, though, here’s a rundown of every interview…

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Super Bowl

Here it is, gang: yet another Super Bowl in which the Vikings will not participate. I’d say it’s a disappointment but I’d be lying—the squad began its collapse early enough in the season that we’ve all had ample time to pour out a Hamm’s for what could have been and move on. Heck, much of Vikings nation has already migrated to draft preparation, and while I can’t yet bring myself to get excited for an event that’s still three months away, I understand the desire to put 2016 behind us and look forward to a brighter future.

Still, there’s a game left to play, and this one’s a doozy. Super Bowl LI pits a squad of unlikely newcomers against the game’s modern dynasty, and if that doesn’t get you excited, perhaps you should consider shifting gears and finding one of the few remaining spots on the Minnesota Wild bandwagon. But for me, football always wins, and this Falcons/Patriots Super Bowl is one heck of a matchup. On one hand, you have Goliath; a Hall-of-Fame quarterback/coach combination that seems to conjure highly productive skill players out of the ether and probably needs a separate team facility to house their entire trophy collection. On the other, David; the lowly Falcons, who…have the likely NFL MVP and led the league in scoring?

Okay, so maybe this isn’t an underdog story of biblical proportions. The game pits the NFC’s highest scoring team (33.8 points per game) against the AFC’s (27.6), and the bookies in Vegas set the spread at a modest three points in favor of the Patriots. BUT, the Pats have easily been the NFL’s most dominant team since the turn of the century, making seven Super Bowl appearances (counting this year) since 2002 and winning four. How many times have the Falcons made it to the big game in that timeframe? Zero. In fact, their last Super Bowl trip was in 1999, when they…well, maybe we don’t go down memory road on that one, okay? Okay.

OLB Aaron Cooper
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Welcome back to Vikings Territory’s annual series, Sleeper SundayIn addition to the team’s regularly scheduled scouting reports, we plan to bring you quick profiles of a few lesser-known players; the prospects who could be a good fit for the Minnesota Vikings on Day 3 of the 2017 NFL Draft.

While this series is meant to highlight college’s under-the-radar names, it’s also an experiment of sorts. Mike Zimmer enters his fourth year as head coach of the Vikings having established a clear-cut, defense-first identity. Above him, Rick Spielman serves as general manager, picking and choosing the players Zimmer adds to the initial 90-man roster.

Together, they’ve concocted one of the league’s deepest, most talented rosters. And in doing so, they’ve established patterns in the way they approach the NFL Draft. A friend of the site, Ryan Boser, identified these trends two years ago, giving readers a peek into Minnesota’s war room.

What he found helps to inform the players we choose as part of Sleeper Sunday. Knowing Spielman likes to end the draft with defense and has used a Round 7 selection on linebackers in five straight drafts, it’s reasonable to assume the Vikings are targeting a defender in the later rounds. Hence, my first choice for a Sleeper Sunday profile, Kentucky Christian linebacker Aaron Cooper.

Follow along these next few months, and hopefully, in April, we’ll hit the mark on one or two names.

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Teddy Bridgewater likely to miss 2017 season
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According to a recent report from Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will likely miss the entire 2017 season.

Bridgewater suffered a catastrophic knee injury a week before the 2016 season opener. The injury, sustained on a non-contact play during a normal practice session, included a torn ACL and a full knee dislocation. Fortunately for Bridgewater, the injury did not result in nerve damage to the knee, which could have been worse for the quarterback’s long-term playing prospects.

In the video published by Bleacher Report, Cole reported:

“Doctors told the team that the shortest recovery time for that type of injury has been 19 months. Based on that timeline, Bridgewater won’t be recovered until March 2018 in the best case scenario.”

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