Monday, May 30, 2016

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Projecting the Vikings' Final 53-Man Roster
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The 2016 season inched forward a bit when the Vikings opened their OTA offseason workouts. With that came plenty of early optimism about the Vikings’ talented roster. Teddy is ready to throw for 10,000 yards. Adrian Peterson is in the best shape of his life. 2015 top pick Trae Waynes is thriving and Aaron Boone looks great in purple.

If you listen closely, you can hear the faintest of claims that the Vikings are a true Super Bowl contender.

It is too early to say most of these things, but when you start to stack Minnesota’s roster, you can see why the hype exists. I struggled with my first attempt to pencil in a final 53-man roster, mostly because there will be talented players who will inevitably be cut. The front office won’t have an easy task on their hands, but I’d take a loaded roster over a barren one any day of the week.

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final 53-man roster for the Vikings
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The bubble; the void at the bottom of an NFL roster where a player’s season can sink or swim. Minnesota Vikings punt returner Marcus Sherels has made a living on the bubble, scraping his way onto the final 53-man roster like clockwork each year. Journeymen and undrafted free agents spend most of their careers on the edge, but they’re not the only ones in fear of the eventual ‘pop.’

When a team like the Vikings consistently builds through the draft and retains young talent each offseason, they make it more difficult for those at the bottom of the depth chart to stick around. Sometimes, it’s a matter of circumstances; when Rick Spielman uses a first round pick on a wide receiver, another will have to go to make room on the roster. Other times, it’s a matter of players wearing out their welcome; think Gerald Hodges last year, and possibly, Cordarrelle Patterson this offseason.

Front offices have to make sacrifices when constructing a roster. It’s the reality of life in the NFL, where starting positions are only guaranteed if your name is Adrian Peterson or Teddy Bridgewater. Spielman’s cuts, as they do each year, will include a few surprising names. Who, exactly? That’s what the Vikings Territory team is going to try and answer today!

Fill in the blank — ‘Player X’ will not make the final 53-man roster for the Vikings.

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Bold Vikings Predictions for the 2016 Season
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With the news cycle at an offseason low, it’s time to start thinking big. The Minnesota Vikings begin organized team activities (OTAs) next week, marking the high-point in what’s been a frustratingly quiet period since the conclusion of the 2016 NFL Draft.

We’re tired of waiting for the action to begin, though; pull out the crystal balls and put on your thinking caps. The Vikings Territory team — and a special guest — are sharing their bold predictions for the 2016 season. Will Rick Spielman make a surprising trade? Does Moritz Böhringer crack the starting lineup? Read after the jump and see what we think!

What’s your way-too-early bold prediction for the 2016 season?

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The Mortiz Boehringer (aka Mortiz Böhringer) story continues as the NFL will allow Borat to rock the umlaut on his uniform this season. He’s still a long-shot to make the roster and the feel-good story is over (Mike Zimmer said so, not me), but he’ll still be a fan favorite in Mankato for training camp. Plus if he makes a few plays, the fans will be like “Öööööööööööööhhhhhhh!”

Töday’s Töpics Include
• Laquön Treadwell is Signed
• Vikings Up tö 90 Men ön the Röster
• Öne Punter tö Watch För tö Cömpete with Jeff Löcke…
• Adrian Petersön Says the Vikings Can “Win Everything”
• AP Removes Cap ön Flööd Dönatiöns
• Keep an Eye ön Jayrön Kearse
• Will the Vikings Carry 2 Quarterbacks in 2016?
• Randy Möss Replaces Cris Carter (Again)
• Super Böwl LII Date Officially Set
• 2 Minutes ön Every Vikings Pösition Gröup (Excerpt from The Andy Luke & Arif Football Machine)

All that and other “Why isn’t Moritz nicknamed “Jager Bomb” yet?” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

Laquon Treadwell signs contract
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The Vikings signed seven of their eight draft picks last week and wrapped up the group by getting wide receiver Laquon Treadwell under contract on Thursday. As a first-round pick, Treadwell signed a four-year deal with a team option for a fifth season. Further terms have not been released.

The Vikings selected Treadwell with the 23rd overall pick in the draft hoping the 6’2” 221 pound wide receiver will add production to their passing game. Treadwell hauled in 202 career receptions for 2,393 yards and 21 touchdowns for Ole Miss.

Treadwell isn’t the fastest receiver in the class, but his great hands and extreme physicality more than made up for it during his college career. Stefon Diggs is established at one receiver spot and Treadwell should see plenty of playing time lined up opposite Diggs this season.

Treadwell has elite-level ball skills giving Teddy Bridgewater a big reliable weapon to target. The SEC-leading receiver will also provide physical blocking in the running game for Adrian Peterson.

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