Friday, February 24, 2017

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Vikings Analysis: Xavier Rhodes Solidifies Top-10 CB Status — Episode 41

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald officially establish the About the Labor format for NFL draft season with the show split in half with random Minnesota Vikings analysis and the beginning of an ongoing prospect discussion revolving around rankings and best fits for the Vikings’ needs and resources.Primary talking points include a debate surrounding where cornerback Xavier Rhodes ranks relative to professional cornerbacks, Wisconsin Ryan

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Vikings Analysis: Debating where CB Xavier Rhodes ranks amongst his peers
  • Draft Discussion: Wisconsin’s LT Ryan Ramcyzk opens as ATL’s No. 1 offensive tackle
  • Draft Discussion: Alabama LT Cam Robinson’s run-blocking and slider status
  • Draft Discussion: Temple LT Dion Dawkins’ mauler mentality a fit in Minnesota
  • Draft Discussion: Troy LT Antonio Garcia gearing up for significant rise
  • Draft Discussion: Crash course on the potentially the best class of cornerback prospects ever

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Green Bay Packers Record at U.S. Bank Stadium: 0-1

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When the Minnesota Vikings took their first regular season snap of the year as a team back on September 11, 2016 in Tennessee, fan expectations ranged from “lost year” to “competitive in the postseason”. There was not a true, clear-cut general consensus regarding how Minnesota’s year would unfold with Teddy Bridgewater on injured reserve, Sam Bradford expected to start at quarterback sooner rather than later and question marks all over the depth chart from offensive tackle to wide receiver to safety (not named Harrison Smith).

Minnesota went down to Nashville with a chip on its shoulder and, behind an impressive game from Shaun Hill (relatively speaking) and a truly outstanding all-around defensive performance, the Vikings swatted the initial wave of extremist doubters claiming they sent a potential Top-5 draft selection to the Philadelphia Eagles for Bradford.

Then Bradford stepped in, and the next four weeks of Vikings football were surreal. It was such an outstanding and completely unexpected beginning to the season — even the most optimistic fans were taken aback — that many of those 43 days of 2016 Vikings football truly felt like a dream. And, for some looking back at those magical six weeks now, it was a dream — not of the REM sleep variety, however.

This cynical usage of the term “dream” is likely better defined as a distorted reality of cognizant formation stemming from some variation of irregular brain activity or misguided thinking — or, simply, this period may optionally be remembered as a mirage conjured up by the atmospheric conditions of professional football.

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Coaching Changes
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The Minnesota Vikings made a number of high-profile coaching changes last offseason, but with the core group in place, have very few holes to fill. So far, this has been a quiet month for the Vikings, who recently added two new coaches to the staff.

According to Alex Marvez of Sporting News, Kennedy Polamalu is expected to be named the team’s new running backs coach. ESPN’s Adam Caplan later reported that Clancy Barone, former Denver Broncos offensive line coach, will become Minnesota’s tight ends coach.

With the changes, Kevin Stefanski is expected to take over as the Vikings’ quarterbacks coach in 2017. His transition from running backs coach to the new role gives Minnesota a fully-staffed sideline of coaches.

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About the Labor: A Minnesota Vikings Podcast — Episode 40

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald take a look back at Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman’s free agency trends as well as the Vikings’ salary cap situation and attempt to make sense of how these elements may apply to 2017.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Vikings salary cap standing
  • Retaining in-house players
  • Projecting salaries for in-house players
  • Spielman’s recent history during free agency
  • Potential fits during free agency
  • Crazy idea of pairing up two marquee nose tackles
  • Drew steps into the Skol Spin hot seat

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Adrian Peterson speculates
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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been in the NFL for nearly 10 years now. He still doesn’t know what is appropriate to say to the media.

The three-time rushing champion appeared on ESPN’s First Take on Thursday and wasn’t afraid to share how he really feels about his contract and future playing days.

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