Sunday, May 29, 2016

by -
1

Sunday sucked but there’s not time to dwell in the NFL as the 7-3 Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are still in prime position to make a playoff push and make some noise in the postseason. Ted Glover (@PurpleBuckeye) and Eric Thompson (@eric_j_thompson) of The Daily Norseman stop by to briefly reminisce about the 30-13 Sunday curbstomping, look ahead towards the pivotal matchup with the Atlanta Falcons, and chat about how to go Feastmode at Thanksgiving.

All that and other “It’s the Damn Squirrel’s Fault” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

by -
14
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Each year, Thanksgiving provides us the opportunity to come together and reflect on what we’re most thankful for. Personally, I’m grateful for my family, my friends, and my health, among many other wonderful things. But this is Vikings Territory, and we’re here to talk Minnesota Vikings football. Forget the turkey, the stuffing, the cranberry sauce, and the green bean casserole, no matter how delicious they may be — we’re focusing on our favorite players in purple and gold.

This season, the Vikings are 7-3 thanks in large part to the collective efforts of the 53-man roster. Players like Brandon Watts and Scott Crichton have stepped up in the face of injury, while household names like Adrian Peterson and Harrison Smith continue to serve as the mainstays on offense and defense. And while we’re thankful for them all, a few rise to the top of the list.

by -
9
(photo courtesy of Vikings.com)

At (just barely) 21 years old, defensive end Danielle Hunter is the youngest player in the NFL. A common word to describe him coming into the league was “raw.” And while that may have been true, Hunter is rapidly overcoming that label and demonstrating that he can play a big role in the Vikings defense. The Daily Norseman‘s Andrew Renschen said it well Sunday:

Minnesota drafted Hunter No. 88 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft. The LSU alum had fairly limited football experience (two years high school + three years college), but general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer felt strongly on his character and maturity level when they brought him in.

“[Hunter’s] a physical specimen,” Spielman said after drafting him. “He plays extremely hard […] he’s raw. He’s a project. We’ll have to work with him […] but we feel that he has tremendous upside to grow as a football player.”

Upside is right. While it may not have been written into the blueprints to give Hunter so much playing time this season, the defensive end has gotten more than a few snaps under his belt and is showing exactly the potential Spielman spoke of.

by -
0

The NFL Draft is six months away and the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are in the thick of the playoff race, but it’s never to early to start glancing at who might make the Purple drink a little bit strong next season. That’s why we’re launching a new weekly segment with out man Like Inman (@Luke_Spinman) of eDraft and Cold Omaha to talk about the college prospects to keep an eye on as the season winds down, we dive into the abyss of the offseason, and we look forward to people reading names at a podium in Chicago.

Today We Looked at 12 Hot Non-QB Draft Prospects
• Jalen Ramsey, S/CB, FSU
• Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida
• Robert Nkemdiche, DE/DT. Ole MIss
• Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole MIss
• Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
• Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
• Jonathan Bullard, DT, Florida
• Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
• Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
• Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
• Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
• Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

All that and other “#TankForTreadwell” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

by -
10
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Last week, it was Vikings cornerback Terence Newman that won the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Week award and the even more heralded (by me) Vikings Territory Player of the Game award. His two interception performance against Oakland launched him into the decisive victory on our poll, even though Adrian Peterson turned in an impressive 200-plus yard game.

This week the overall team performance was far less impressive in the 30-13 loss to Green Bay at home. Individual performances predictably are far less exciting as a result.

Regardless, even during the sour times, we push on and anoint a player every week. Here are the 2015 winners through nine games of Vikings football:

WEEK ONE: Anthony Barr

WEEK TWO: Adrian Peterson

WEEK THREE: Harrison Smith

WEEK FOUR: Linval Joseph

WEEK SIX: Stefon Diggs

WEEK SEVEN: Stefon Diggs

WEEK EIGHT: Stefon Diggs

WEEK NINE: Linval Joseph

WEEK TEN: Terence Newman

Now, onto this week’s nominations:

Get Social

2,857FansLike
378Subscribers+1
7,600FollowersFollow