Friday, December 9, 2016

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A new No. 11 in Minnesota

How Can Laquon Treadwell Succeed
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Mike Wallace was supposed to stretch the field, create opportunities for other receivers underneath, and give the Minnesota Vikings their first deep threat since Randy Moss exploded into the NFL 18 years ago. On paper, he was a fit in Minnesota, with the speed to “take the top off a defense” and the production to match — Wallace has 22 career touchdowns of 30 or more yards.

Unfortunately, that pipe dream never materialized for the Vikings, who watched Wallace struggle his way to 39 receptions, 472 yards, and two touchdowns in 2015. Despite general manager Rick Spielman’s insistence that Wallace would mesh well with the Vikings, the wide receiver was clearly a square peg in a round hole.

“Norv’s system is based on speed and having a vertical threat,” Spielman said after the team traded for Wallace before the 2015 season. “By adding him, and CJ and Cordarrelle and [the] Jarius Wrights of the world, those guys are able to stretch the field. We have a young quarterback who is just going to continue to get better, and you saw that improvement out of him as we went through the season and now you add another weapon to the offensive side.”

If Wallace were a weapon in Minnesota, he would’ve been an unloaded gun.

Blame the struggles of the offensive line or Teddy Bridgewater’s inability to push the ball downfield, but the veteran receiver failed as more than just a deep threat. He dropped countless passes on well-thrown curls and comebacks, often putting the Vikings in second or third-and-long situations. Outside of the speed to threaten safeties, Wallace offered nothing to the Vikings, especially in an offense designed to protect the football and maximize limited big-play opportunities.

In Laquon Treadwell, the Vikings have a player who can succeed in ways that Wallace couldn’t. The team’s 2016 first round pick has a chance to come in and change the face of Minnesota’s passing attack, giving Bridgewater options at every level of the defense, from the red zone to the middle of the field.

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Welcome To The Big Show - Jayron Kearse

Who else was surprised the Vikings waited until their last pick in the most recent NFL draft to pick a safety? After months of speculation the Vikings would add to their depth alongside Harrison Smith early in the draft, Rick Spielman was seemingly content waiting for the right moment.

When the Vikings did add Jayron Kearse in the 7th round, the pick seemed to make more sense. Kearse, formerly of Clemson, has the athletic tool set and size to fit in at the NFL level. However, like other 7th round draftees, there are enough question marks about Kearse’s game that 243 players were drafted before him.

There might not have been a bigger proponent of Kearse in the war room than head coach Mike Zimmer, who reportedly ‘pounded the table’ in order to make his desire to see Kearse in purple known.

Very few will question Zimmer’s ability to identify talent, so what kind of player did the Vikings get in Kearse? Let’s take a look:

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Welcome To The Big Show - David Morgan

The team at Vikings Territory has been busy working to get to know each of our newest Vikings draft selections, and this week we will give you a chance to learn everything we know about these players through our reintroduction of the “Welcome to the Big Show” series. Next up is UTSA tight end David Morgan II.

ATTRIBUTES

HEIGHT: 6′ 4″

WEIGHT: 260 pounds

ARM LENGTH: 33.625 inches

HANDS: 10.5 inches

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Minnesota Vikings

The Mortiz Boehringer (aka Mortiz Böhringer) story continues as the NFL will allow Borat to rock the umlaut on his uniform this season. He’s still a long-shot to make the roster and the feel-good story is over (Mike Zimmer said so, not me), but he’ll still be a fan favorite in Mankato for training camp. Plus if he makes a few plays, the fans will be like “Öööööööööööööhhhhhhh!”

Töday’s Töpics Include
• Laquön Treadwell is Signed
• Vikings Up tö 90 Men ön the Röster
• Öne Punter tö Watch För tö Cömpete with Jeff Löcke…
• Adrian Petersön Says the Vikings Can “Win Everything”
• AP Removes Cap ön Flööd Dönatiöns
• Keep an Eye ön Jayrön Kearse
• Will the Vikings Carry 2 Quarterbacks in 2016?
• Randy Möss Replaces Cris Carter (Again)
• Super Böwl LII Date Officially Set
• 2 Minutes ön Every Vikings Pösition Gröup (Excerpt from The Andy Luke & Arif Football Machine)

All that and other “Why isn’t Moritz nicknamed “Jager Bomb” yet?” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

Laquon Treadwell signs contract
image courtesy of vikings.com

The Vikings signed seven of their eight draft picks last week and wrapped up the group by getting wide receiver Laquon Treadwell under contract on Thursday. As a first-round pick, Treadwell signed a four-year deal with a team option for a fifth season. Further terms have not been released.

The Vikings selected Treadwell with the 23rd overall pick in the draft hoping the 6’2” 221 pound wide receiver will add production to their passing game. Treadwell hauled in 202 career receptions for 2,393 yards and 21 touchdowns for Ole Miss.

Treadwell isn’t the fastest receiver in the class, but his great hands and extreme physicality more than made up for it during his college career. Stefon Diggs is established at one receiver spot and Treadwell should see plenty of playing time lined up opposite Diggs this season.

Treadwell has elite-level ball skills giving Teddy Bridgewater a big reliable weapon to target. The SEC-leading receiver will also provide physical blocking in the running game for Adrian Peterson.

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