Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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Projecting the Vikings' Final 53-Man Roster
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The 2016 season inched forward a bit when the Vikings opened their OTA offseason workouts. With that came plenty of early optimism about the Vikings’ talented roster. Teddy is ready to throw for 10,000 yards. Adrian Peterson is in the best shape of his life. 2015 top pick Trae Waynes is thriving and Aaron Boone looks great in purple.

If you listen closely, you can hear the faintest of claims that the Vikings are a true Super Bowl contender.

It is too early to say most of these things, but when you start to stack Minnesota’s roster, you can see why the hype exists. I struggled with my first attempt to pencil in a final 53-man roster, mostly because there will be talented players who will inevitably be cut. The front office won’t have an easy task on their hands, but I’d take a loaded roster over a barren one any day of the week.

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Vikings

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are back in the hood that is Eden Prairie as the Purple begin preparation for the 2016 season. Nothing is more meaningless than OTAs, but the only thing getting more attention than them is than lady and her damn Chewbacca mask. But I digress, let’s talk some football! (Which we apparently do not do on The Andy Luke & Arif Football Machine.)

Today’s Topics Include
• Vikings OTAs Kicked Off Tuesday
• Why Adrian Peterson Showed Up
• Players Present But Not Participating
• BJ Dubose Lost For the Season with an ACL
• Mortiz Böhringer Can’t Catch the Ball Apparently
• Blair Walsh Got a Lot of Emotional Support
Arif’s Willie Beavers Piece
• Who’s Going to Start at the Other Safety Spot?
• High Praise for Laquon Treadwell
• I CAN’T GET THE HEY TEDDY SONG OUT OF MY HEAD
• Two Vikings on the NFL Top-100 So Far
• Mankato Plans

All that and other “I bought a JUGS machine” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

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VT QOTW

final 53-man roster for the Vikings
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

The bubble; the void at the bottom of an NFL roster where a player’s season can sink or swim. Minnesota Vikings punt returner Marcus Sherels has made a living on the bubble, scraping his way onto the final 53-man roster like clockwork each year. Journeymen and undrafted free agents spend most of their careers on the edge, but they’re not the only ones in fear of the eventual ‘pop.’

When a team like the Vikings consistently builds through the draft and retains young talent each offseason, they make it more difficult for those at the bottom of the depth chart to stick around. Sometimes, it’s a matter of circumstances; when Rick Spielman uses a first round pick on a wide receiver, another will have to go to make room on the roster. Other times, it’s a matter of players wearing out their welcome; think Gerald Hodges last year, and possibly, Cordarrelle Patterson this offseason.

Front offices have to make sacrifices when constructing a roster. It’s the reality of life in the NFL, where starting positions are only guaranteed if your name is Adrian Peterson or Teddy Bridgewater. Spielman’s cuts, as they do each year, will include a few surprising names. Who, exactly? That’s what the Vikings Territory team is going to try and answer today!

Fill in the blank — ‘Player X’ will not make the final 53-man roster for the Vikings.

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Image courtesy of Vikings.com

The Vikings OTA’s have been underway and the usual “best shape of my life” and “I’ll be at one hundred percent” updates are following their typical paths.

One piece of concrete news to come out of Winter Park, courtesy of Matt Vensel at the Star Tribune, is not a great one.

Defensive tackle B.J. Dubose reportedly tore his ACL during an indoor practice and is expected to spend his 2016 season on the injured reserve.

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Kendricks and Rhodes to Host Youth Football Camp
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When Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and his family launched the Mike Zimmer Foundation earlier this year, they sought to better the lives of children in need. The foundation is already making a difference for countless families, and now, Zimmer’s players are following his lead.

From June 21-24, Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes and linebacker Eric Kendricks will host an overnight football camp at the University of St. Thomas. They’ll teach both offensive and defensive fundamentals to about 100 players, working on everything from backpedals to proper tackling technique.

The Sports International Football Camp gives Vikings like Rhodes and Kendricks a chance to touch the local community and create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for aspiring players. “I am extremely excited about my football camp this summer and cannot wait to start training these young athletes,”  Rhodes said earlier this year.

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