Sunday, July 24, 2016

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Laquon Treadwell Madison Pitch
Photo courtesy of Vikings.com

A couple weeks ago, our team here at Vikings Territory worked diligently to provide you with in-depth breakdowns and extended introductions to the Vikings’ newest players added through the 2016 draft. The 2016 iteration of the “Welcome to the Big Show” series, which has become an annual tradition, concludes today with the Vikings first selection, wide receiver Laquon Treadwell. Links to the other players featured can be found here: Stephen Weatherly, Willie Beavers, David Morgan II, Jayron Kearse, Mackensie Alexander, Kentrell Brothers and Moritz Böhringer.

ATTRIBUTES

HEIGHT: 6′ 2″

WEIGHT: 221 pounds

ARM LENGTH: 33.5 inches

HANDS: 9.5 inches

PRO DAY RESULTS

40-YARD DASH: 4.63 seconds (did not run at the NFL Combine)

BENCH PRESS: 12 repetitions (of 225 pounds)

VERTICAL JUMP: 33 inches

BROAD JUMP: 117 inches

20-YARD SHORT SHUTTLE: 4.29 seconds

3-CONE: 7.05 seconds

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Mike Zimmer At MZF Event

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The #MoreThanWords campaign is 80% of the way to the $10,000 goal established at the onset and that is awesome! Even more awesome is the level of participation we are getting from The Mike Zimmer Foundation, including Corri and Mike  Zimmer themselves.

Their willingness to connect with the fan base has resulted in some awesome giveaway prizes (tickets and autographs!), an up close and personal autograph event at Fan HQ (a few tickets still available), and now a sit-down interview with one of our participating sites in which Coach Zimmer gets personal about the tragic loss of his wife and about how football is family in the Zimmer household.

Daniel House of Vikings Corner did an amazing job with this opportunity to interview Coach Zimmer himself.

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Tarvaris Jackson was once thought to be Minnesota’s “quarterback of the future.” It became clear that he wasn’t working out the way his biggest advocate, Brad Childress, had hoped when the Vikings bounced him from his starting gig in exchange for an aging and expensive gunslinger.

Uttering “T-Jack” out loud will draw groans and cringes from most groups of Vikings fans, but he did alright for himself when he went to the Seattle Seahawks in 2011. Many referred to him as one of the best backup quarterbacks in the NFL (that sentence is true, but I’m not sure why) and he even got himself a Super Bowl ring when Seattle beat down Denver in February of 2014.

Jackson’s nine NFL seasons yielded a 59.6% completion percentage, 7,263 yards thrown, 39 passing touchdowns, and 35 interceptions. He also ran the ball 171 times over the course of his career, with a 3.7 yards gained average, and tacked on an additional six touchdowns.

The 33 year old quarterback seemed like a top candidate to find a job when training camps get underway, and injuries start to occur, but after an alleged incident involving his wife and a gun this week I’m going to go out on a limb and say that his NFL career is over.

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US Bank Stadium
Image Courtesy of Andy

Alright fine. I’ve been famously (infamously?) curmudgeon about all of the endless US Bank Stadium construction updates. I’m a big “skip the labor, show me the baby” sort of guy. But now that the baby has been born, I’m in love with this $1.1 billion dollar bundle of joy. We’ll hop into some of the gritty details of the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings latest encampment this week. LUKE BRYAN….. Hooray.

All that and other “Ice Up, Arden Hills” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

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new stadiums
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Back in February, Austin did a post examining how NFL teams fared in their first games in a new stadium. I thought I’d take it a step further and look season-long records for the first year in a new home.

I took any team that moved into a new stadium in the past 20 years, and compared their record in that first season to the record from the previous year. Do teams generally improve or regress after moving into new digs? Well…neither, exactly.

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