Monday, May 30, 2016

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Minnesota Vikings

The newest class of Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings rookies are in the building this weekend for rookie mini-camp. Draft picks, undrafted free agents, and tryout players alike will try to climb the mountain of making the Vikings 53-man roster (remember, John Randle was a tryout/UDFA), in what could be the most competitive offseason in team history. There is talent everywhere.

Today we run through a few of the rookies and forecast what their present and future roles could be in Purple. Beyond the headliners in wide receiver Laquon Treadwell and cornerback Mackensie Alexander, there are a number of interesting names who can bring something to the Vikings’ table.

All that and other “Chewbacca was a Rookie” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

VT QOTW

Who is your favorite Vikings draft pick of 2016?
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The Minnesota Vikings open their doors to a slew of rookies this morning as part of the team’s three-day minicamp. Head coach Mike Zimmer will get a hands-on look at draft picks like Mackensie Alexander and Kentrell Brothers, as well as tryout hopefuls such as NDSU punter Ben LeCompte.

While the weekend is an opportunity for drafted players to make a positive first impression on the Vikings, it’s also a chance for “walk on” prospects to earn their shot in Minnesota. They’ll be on the field, front-and-center of Vikings coaches for the first time in their young careers.

Today, then, marks the end of Draft Season and the beginning of the “real” offseason in Minnesota. To officially close the door on what’s been an exciting past few months, I’ve asked the team at Vikings Territory to choose their favorite Vikings draft pick of 2016. Sure, a few names will rise to the top, but the answers may surprise you.

Who is your favorite Vikings draft pick of 2016?

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Six people died and the town of Palestine, Texas is left devastated after flash floods ripped through the town this weekend. According to The Weather Channel, five of the deceased were four children and their great-grandmother.

The town of about 19,000 people is the hometown of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson who is partnering with the Salvation Army and traveling back to Palestine this week.

“My mom is over 50, and in her lifespan she’s never seen a flood in Palestine,” Peterson told ESPN. “That’s what was so unusual about it. We’ve never had an issue with flooding. We’ve had heavy rains for days at a time, but nothing to this magnitude. For this to hit overnight, and the damage that it caused, it was devastating.”

Vikings sign two
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The Vikings’s busy Wednesday continued with the signing of two more draft picks: second-round pick Mackensie Alexander and seventh-round pick Stephen Weatherly. That makes four players signed for the day, after the deals reached with tight end David Morgan and safety Jayron Kearse earlier.

For Alexander, it was a four year deal worth $4.3 million, with a $1.34 million signing bonus, per Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press.

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