Saturday, August 19, 2017

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    Antone Exum Continues to Impress

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    Antone Exum has brought quite a bit of attention on himself during Minnesota Vikings training camp this year.

    The former sixth-round pick out of Virginia Tech grabbed headlines earlier this week for his role in a fight with wide receiver Laquon Treadwell. Treadwell, potentially as a result, has not been in pads for each of the past two practices leading to plenty of negative comments about Exum.

    But the bout with Treadwell isn’t the only reason Exum should be in the news. He has made a fluid transition from zone safety to nickel cornerback this offseason and has produced a somewhat unexpectedly strong training camp performance.

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    Purple FTW! Podcast: What's Cooler Than Being Cool? (ep. 386)

    The Mankato weather turned cold on Thursday, but the ambient temperature has zero effect on the heat of our takes. Daniel House (Vikings Corner) joined Andy at the Boulder Tap House Mankato to discuss Who is Up (Rashod Hill, Shamar Stephen, Michael Floyd) and Who is Down (Rodney Adams, Bucky Hodges, Trae Waynes), plus a phone-in cameo from my daughter Little Mugsy.

    All that and more “Reid Fragel Does Not Rock” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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    Mankato Lovin' LIVE from the Boulder Tap House [PODCAST] - 1500 ESPN Twin Cities

    The Purple FTW! Podcast has descended upon Mankato for Minnesota Vikings Training Camp. We set up shop at Boulder Tap House, our home away from home, and Andy and Producer Allie welcomed in Eric Thompson (The Daily Norseman) and Arif Hasan (Zone Coverage) to recap some random Purple tidbits. The crew chatted about Sam Bradford and Mike Zimmer’s dap fail, Laquon Treadwell’s hamstring injury (which may or may not have been caused by Antone Exum), Riley Reiff’s back “twinge”, Dalvin Cook living up to the hype, and the Michael Floyd Redemption Tour. Plus who would prevail in a Twin Cities sports media Anchorman-style rumble.

    All that and more “Hi, Megyn Kelly” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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    Vikings Territory staffer Drew Mahowald was on hand for the Aug. 3 Minnesota Vikings training camp practice and delivers his takeaways.

    August in Mankato. The visual image likely popping into your head is one that includes sweat, humidity and heat.

    However, such image was a completely inaccurate description of what Thursday’s practice was for the Vikings. The temperature fluttered in the mid-50s and the wind was steady around 20 miles per hour. It was a wonderful retreat from the typical uncomfortableness that comes with Vikings training camp.

    Below are major takeaways from Thursday’s practice.

    David Morgan dominates

    Second-year tight end David Morgan turned in a dominating performance on Thursday. He was an unstoppable force as a run blocker, particularly in red zone drills. During one play, he practically de-cleated linebacker Emmanuel Lamur and drove him across the field and opened a hole for Dalvin Cook.

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