Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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Get Your 84 Jerseys Out

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Welcome to mid-May of the NFL offseason when questionable topics are conjured up and all the hours of speculation doesn’t actually matter.

And to make matters worse, Drew Carey seems too busy with the Price is Right to finish the month by informing the masses of whose line it is…, anyway. Maybe a bit bold to assume the Vikings Territory readership can resonate with a Whose Line is it Anyway? anecdote, but the odds were to good to pass on.

Now that we have gotten that out of our systems, let’s get into a bit of the meaningless Minnesota Vikings speculation mentioned amidst the anecdotal mess above. Over the past several weeks the “Great No. 84 Debate” has flooded Vikings Territory, as the long-standing debate topic centered around if and when Randy Moss’ jersey should be retired has been a primary talking point on both the About the Labor Podcast and the VT Roundtable.

The discussion naturally set off a multitude of simultaneous arguments concerning other numbers — both available and retired — and I think it is about time someone sets the record straight.

And while I do believe this particular responsibility is better-served for a piñata given the strongly-worded disagreements that will inevitably follow, I hereby accept the honor of designating which Vikings players should be enshrined in franchise lore assuming a hypothetical in which all numbers are fair game.

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What if Tampa Bay had Selected Cook No. 19 Overall?

Vikings Rookie Dalvin Cook Barely Escaped First Round
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Dalvin Cook was nearly a first-round pick.

According to an article on WalterFootball.com, Minnesota Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook barely escaped the first round of the 2017 NFL draft. The former Florida State speedster was nearly selected by—take a deep breath—the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who selected Alabama tight end OJ Howard with the No. 19 overall pick.

Per Walter Football, a source with the Buccaneers explained: “[Mitchell] Trubisky going 2 and then the other two QBs going in the top 12 pushed guys down. There wasn’t as much need for tight ends with teams ahead of us, and typically tight ends don’t go that high. We were lucky. If O.J. had been taken right before us, Dalvin [Cook] would’ve been the pick.”

The Vikings could thank the Bucs for not selecting Cook, but both teams appear to have benefitted from the early run on quarterbacks during the first round of the draft.

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Vikings Territory Roundtable — Episode 12

VT Roundtable Episode 12

Welcome back to the VT Roundtable!

For Episode 12, a full six-man group of Adam Warwas, Austin BelisleBJ ReidellBrett AndersonDrew Mahowald and Sam Neumann discuss Teddy Bridgewater’s current and future financial standing with the Minnesota Vikings, the team’s handling of the No. 84 and whether (when) Randy Moss’s number should be enshrined in purple history as well as a rather serious regarding fans engagement with players on social media stemming from comments made by Samantha Ponder — NFL sideline reporter and wife to former Viking signal-caller Christian Ponder — in an interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Check out Episode 12 after the jump and subscribe to the Vikings Territory YouTube channel to ensure that you never miss a VT Roundtable discussion, the latest installment of Bump & Run or and other VT/TV videos!

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About the Labor Podcast — Episode 65

Graphic designed by Brett Anderson

BJ Reidell and Jordan Reid — filling in for a vacationing Drew Mahowald — discuss Vikings players who need to step up in 2017, veterans officially put on notice following NFL free agency/draft, answer a few questions from Twitter concerning Teddy Bridgewater and Minnesota’s running back depth chart and finish up with a Take 5 on the most under-appreciated Vikings since the turn of the millennium.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Intro: Jordan Reid steps in as co-host for a vacationing Drew Mahowald (0:00-1:47)
  • Time to Step Up: Anthony Barr, Trae Waynes and More (1:48-14:49)
  • Veterans on Notice: Jarius Wright, Emmanuel Lamur and More (14:50-20:30)
  • Twitter Question: The Running Back Depth Chart via Brew_Crew23 (20:31-29:00)
  • Twitter Question: Next Vikings Jersey Purchase via Brew_Crew23 (29:01-31:22)
  • Twitter Question: Teddy’s Fit in Pat Shurmur’s Offense via esramsvik (31:23-36:32)
  • Take 5: Jim Kleinsasser and the Most Under-Appreciated Vikings Since 2000 (36:33-46:19)
  • Sign-Out: You Know How This Goes (46:20-47:10)

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Datone Jones Mother's Day
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A Datone Jones Mother’s Day For The Ages

Mother’s Day gifts consist of flowers, heartfelt cards, scented candles, or spending quality time with family. Datone Jones, however, took things to a new level yesterday.

The Minnesota Vikings’ free agent acquisition, who signed with the team this offseason, bought his mother an unforgettable Mother’s Day gift this year. According to Jones’ Twitter feed, the defensive tackle purchased his mom a house for Mother’s Day.