Monday, January 23, 2017

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About the Labor: A Minnesota Vikings Podcast — Episode 35

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald (THE NEWEST WRITER AT VIKINGS TERRITORY) finish off the inaugural season of the About the Labor Podcast with some discussion and a Linval Joseph’s-worth of in-depth analysis regarding the Minnesota Vikings’ uplifting 38-10 victory over the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium to finish with an 8-8 record on the year.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • An Incredible stand-in performance by former Jaguars practice squader, left tackle Rashod Hill
  • Quarterback Sam Bradford takes a bow
  • Running back Jerick McKinnon finally wakes up from his season-long slumber
  • Disappointment regarding wide receiver Adam Thielen falling a hair short of 1,000 receiving yards
  • Random tangents throughout the show which sneakily act as miniature previews for what YOU should expect from BJ, Drew and the ATL Podcast twice a week and all summer long
  • One Big Thank You to All of Our Listeners for helping make it a GREAT first season of the show
  • MUCH MORE!

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Minnesota Vikings-Chicago Bears-Banner Protesters

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings finished out the lost 2016 season with an impressive showing Sunday at Historic US Bank Stadium defeating the Chicago Bears 38-10. The exhibition game mercifully puts an end to a roller coaster season that is right up there with 2010 in terms of drama and randomness. We recap the game and take a quick look as some offseason business.

Today’s “Smile Because It Happened” Talkers Include:
• Adam Thielen Does Not Get 1000
• Sam Bradford Gets It
• #FreeRashodHill
• Pay Xavier Rhodes His Money
• Some Mad Kyle Rudolph Props
• I Still Believe in Jerick McKinnon
• Trae Waynes Has More Ups and Downs Than
• The Curious Case of Laquon Treadwell
• Vikings Assistants to Keep/Not Keep
• Chad Greenway and Adrian Peterson Done in Purple

All that and more “I Told Y’all About Rashod Hill” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Former Gophers Wide Receiver Isaac Fruechte Added to 53-Man Roster

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The Minnesota Vikings are finishing off the 2016 season the same way they began it — by placing a starter on injured reserved. Effective immediately, Minnesota has deactivated safety Andrew Sendejo for Sunday’s Week 17 matchup with the Chicago Bears and signed former University of Minnesota wide receiver Isaac Fruechte to the active 53-man roster.

Sendejo, who had been enjoying the best season of his seven-year career, had not practiced all week due to a knee injury.

Vikings Injury Report - Week 17
Vikings Injury Report – Week 17

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Analyzing Adam Thielen's Most Important Wide Receiver Traits

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The Minnesota Vikings’ season is set to come to a close this weekend following a divisional matchup with the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Regardless of the game’s outcome, however, the Vikings will miss the postseason despite once being widely considered a strong candidate to make a deep playoff run following five consecutive victories to open the year.

Minnesota’s 2016 campaign will instead be largely remembered for the team’s historic collapse in which a once-vaunted defense could not consistently maintain a high enough level of play to overcome a myriad of injuries, frequent situational missteps and potentially the most ineffective offensive line in franchise history.

But, it will also be regarded as the season Adam Thielen evolved from special teams ace into one of the Vikings’ most dangerous offensive weapons.

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Switch from Mike Wallace to Laquon Treadwell
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It’s May 17th, 2015, and Mike Wallace is no longer a member of the Minnesota Vikings. Soured by his comments about Teddy Bridgewater and the speedster’s general lack of production with the team, fans are happy to see Wallace walk out the door.

In his place, Laquon Treadwell, a high-profile draft pick with the weight of an immediate return on investment on his shoulders, strolls through the entrance at Winter Park. The Vikings had taken Treadwell 23rd overall in the 2016 NFL Draft with the hopes he’d become the missing piece in Minnesota’s offense.

“We feel that what he’s going to bring to our offense is that large catching radius, a guy that’s very physical, maybe the best run blocker I’ve seen,” general manager Rick Spielman said following the April draft.

Treadwell’s impact never materialized, and with one game remaining in a disappointing 2016 season, the book’s all but closed on his historically quiet rookie season. Many would call the decision to cut Wallace and draft Treadwell a mistake, but it’s too early to label the former Ole Miss star a “bust.”

I’m not here to do that.

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