Tuesday, December 1, 2015

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Can you spot T.J. Clemmings at right guard?

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Today’s big Vikings news, courtesy of CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, isn’t really news at all; Adrian Peterson has contemplated retirement. The disgruntled running back, who continues to dig in on the “trade me” stance, has reportedly considered such a move since landing on the Commissioner’s exempt list last year.

Surprising? No. Confusing? Yes — why retire at the height of your career, surrounded by the most talent in years, and set to make almost $13 million? Hollow threats, in my opinion. General manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer drew the line in the sand months ago, and they’ll remain behind it until Peterson returns. The only question remaining is; when?

Let’s forget about Adrian Peterson for a second, though, as many fans have already done just that. His positioning, his refusal to participate in OTAs, and his parrot Ben Dogra are distractions from what makes football so exciting: football! And earlier today, purple diehards around the country got their first taste when the Vikings took the field on a rainy, wet day in Eden Prairie.

This afternoon’s activities marked the start of Phase 3 of the team’s offseason workout program. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater spent the first OTA syncing up with his pass catchers and rookies tried their best to adjust to the speed of an NFL practice. One in particular, fourth-round pick T.J. Clemmings, enjoyed reps with the first-team offense. We won’t know how specific players performed until tomorrow, when media members are given access to the second OTA, but it’s an encouraging sign to see Clemmings rotating this early.

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Photo Credit: Lindsey Young - Modified

Intrepid reporter Lindsey Young (@LindseyMNSports) rejoins the show to talk Vikings OTAs, the latest Adrian drama (he’s gonna retire now? Dohkay), as well as her latest interviews with former Vikings head coach and garage sale legend Bud Grant, Polish phenom Babatunde Aiyegbusi, and superstar Andy Carlson!

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When it comes to the Adrian Peterson news cycle, perhaps nobody has been more connected and accurate over the last few months than Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports. Robinson is still keeping the drama alive, even late at night on a holiday weekend, and he is reporting that Adrian Peterson is still pressing for a trade out of Minnesota.

When Adrian Peterson skips this week’s organized team activities for the Minnesota Vikings, he will  attempt to send an unmistakable message to the franchise: He wants to be traded.

For Vikings fans that have been paying attention over the last nine years, Peterson skipping OTA’s is not a shocking development, but this story doesn’t end with that opening paragraph.

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The Vikings currently have 89 players on their 90-man roster. Since everything on the interest nowadays is lists and rankings, we’re going to rank the currently Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings players 1-89 on today’s show! I’ve devised a ranking system dubbed The Andy Scale (The AS) to suit our purposes. It is HIGHLY scientific.

There are seven factors that go into The AS. They are:
• Predicted 2015 Impact
• Estimated Future with the Vikings
• Ceiling
• Attitude
• Health
• Zimmer Doghouse Ability
• The Grandma Factor

All the categories will be explained in depth and the scores & rankings of all 89 Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings will be revealed on ONE episode (we don’t chunk it out like some TV shows) on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Meet Andy Carlson. For many of our readers, you know Andy as the voice of Purple FTW! podcast. We at Vikings Territory have gotten to know Andy as not only an audio aficionado but as a family man, a Twitter fiend, a .GIF guru … and obviously, a Vikings fan.

Andy expressed his love for the Vikings at a very young age.
Andy expressed his love for the Vikings at a very young age.

Football runs in the Carlson bloodand for the most part, that blood is purple. Andy’s dad played football through high school, and his uncle Dean Carlson actually played three years in the NFL. Dean spent the majority of his career with Kansas City before a short stint with Green Baywhich, of course, “we don’t recognize,” ribs Andy.

Because of his family connection to the Chiefs, Andy identifies as a “down-low fan” of the team, second of course to Minnesota. Interestingly enough, the one game Dean started in was against the Vikings on Dec. 14, 1974.

Andy played for Rushford/Peterson High School, suiting up at both wide receiver and cornerback. He doesn’t consider himself an exceptional athlete, but being part of the team remains one of his favorite memories. He did have a few plays for the books, including a touchdown that made it onto the local KTTC news, and the team won the State Title in 2002 under Coach Jim Reinhardt (since retired).

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