Tuesday, August 4, 2015

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Somehow, the 2014 season is long over and we’ve already watched the wildcard playoff games come and go. Aside from the Detroit vs. Dallas game, the playoffs have kind of been a bore this year. I had hoped Cincinnati would finally do something in the post season, but Andrew Luck’s awful (glorious?) beard overcome all.

Because there is very little news coming from Winter Park this time of the year, I wanted to hand out some end of the year ‘awards’ for the heck of it. This is the first part of a series where that leads up to naming the 2014 Vikings MVP.

Today, we’ll look at two categories specifically.

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Purple For The Win Podcast

If you haven’t noticed in my “Links of the Week” segments, I am a big fan of a somewhat recent addition to the plethora of Vikings entertainment options, the Purple For The Win Podcast masterminded by Andy Carlson.

Now I am pleased to announce that Vikings Territory has added Purple FTW! to our arsenal of awesomeness on a full time basis.  By visiting VT on a regular basis you will never again miss one of Andy’s episodes, but in case you are really super worried about that you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or on YouTube.

We are all ecstatic to welcome Andy to the VT family and hope our readers genuinely enjoy this newest addition.  To get started, you can listen to Andy interview some hack blogger on Tuesday:

 

The next episode will feature Arif and multiple writers from our friends at Daily Norseman.  The first part, which featured Luke Inman of eDraft, can be found by CLICKING HERE.

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When it comes to football coaching positions the State of Florida has a lot of “Help Wanted” ads being placed these days.

One vacancy, the offensive coordinator position with the Jacksonville Jaguars, could end up being a landing spot for a guy currently employed by the Minnesota Vikings.

Reports indicate that Vikings running backs coach Kirby Wilson is in consideration for the open spot.  Wilson just finished his first season with the Vikings and earned some praise for navigating the wavey waters that was Minnesota’s backfield this season.

Wilson has never been an offensive coordinator in the NFL and his main competition reportedly includes the likes of Greg Roman.

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Photo Credit: Morehouse College and Barry Gossage/Arizona Rattlers

In addition to signing cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke, the Vikings announced they have signed two other players. One is former Texas Tech defensive end Leon Mackey and the other is former Tennessee Titan, Indianapolis Colt and Morehouse college defensive tackle Chigbo Anunoby. What I can glean from them as we head into the offseason and build a 90-man roster below.

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The Vikings have signed DeMarcus Van Dyke, according to Rand Gettlin at Yahoo! Sports.

Van Dyke is largely known for his speed, as Gettlin alludes to, having had run a 4.25 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine in 2011 (officially a 4.28). This isn’t quite a Josh Robinson, however, as Van Dyke is not as physically adept overall as Robinson, with a low vertical and a bad weight for a CB (on the other hand, he isn’t short).

The weight and speed both come from a track background, where he was more committed to running track than football, though he wasn’t bad at Miami (FL) as a football player. He recorded two interceptions his senior year. He only returned one kick at Miami (unusual for his speed) for 26 yards.

That obviously isn’t the entirety of his contributions, but it does put his physical talent into some perspective. Van Dyke, like Josh Robinson, was picked in the third round though this time predictably by the Oakland Raiders and lasted a year on their roster. He was released on September of the following year after making it through training camp, where the Pittsburgh Steelers picked him up. There, he stayed on the roster until he was waived with an injured designation on the cutdown to 75, and put on injured reserve until he reached an injury agreement with the Steelers.

 

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