Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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March was an interesting month that included a whole lot of wheel-spinning on the Adrian Peterson front, a trade that brought deep threat Mike Wallace to town and sent Greg Jennings packing, and also an extremely measured approach to free agency.

Before we get going on this week’s links, I want to take a look back at March and the most popular articles penned by each of our writers here at VT:

ARIF HASANA month ago, we published a sourced report that the Vikings were determined to get rid of Adrian Peterson.

DARREN PAGEAn incredibly detailed comparison of Teddy Bridgewater’s rookie season to those of other NFL quarterbacks.

ADAM WARWASTwist number 78 (give or take) in the Adrian Peterson “news” cycle was a report that the Arizona Cardinals were prepared to make a trade offer to acquire the superstar running back.

BRENT LABATHE: A look at how the fates of the Minnesota Vikings and the Cleveland Browns have been intertwining in recent years.

LINDSEY YOUNG: Defensive end Michael Johnson is once again “the one that got away” for the Minnesota Vikings.

AUSTIN BELISLE: There is a perception out there that the Vikings have backed Adrian Peterson into a corner.

BRETT ANDERSON: Partnering with Luke Inman to produce scouting reports of 2015’s top draft prospects has been a fun addition for the draft geeks around here (I love them, anyways). DeVante Parker’s scouting report has been the most popular of them all.

CARL KNOWLESOur “Sleeper Sunday” events have seemed like a nice distraction during these quiet weekends, but the evaluation of quarterback Brandon Bridge was particularly popular.

ANDY CARLSON: Taking the leap into the deep end of the pool, Andy gave us his first written opinion articles during the month of March, including one about the release of Greg Jennings being a justified move.

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Okay, onto our Links of the Week:

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Last week we talked all about defense, so you can guess where we’re headed this week …

Which Offensive Player will Have the Most Standout Season for the Vikings in 2015?

Lindsey: Teddy Bridgewater
From Day 1, I’ve been a Bridgewater believer. I was pumped when we drafted him, and last season just affirmed his potential. Bridgewater got thrown into the fire last year when Cassel got injured, and the AP fiasco didn’t make things any easier. However, the QB still finished with incredibly solid numbers for a rookie: 2,919 passing yards, a 64.4 percent completion rate and only three fumbles. Bridgewater has a quiet confidence about him, and he’s not easily rattled. He grew his confidence in a rocky 2014 situation, and I expect him to come out ready to rock for 2015.

Andy: Kyle Rudolph
People always talk about how Norv’s offense being so “tight end friendly.” If Rudy can stay healthy for a full season, I think he and Teddy will do some good things together and he’ll make his extension look like a bargain. A lot of variables, but we all believe Rudolph has the ability to be a top-five tight end in the league. It’s just a matter of putting it all together. Plus, we know Teddy loves his tight ends. #Reisner

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Spielman meeting Teddy
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[NOTE FROM ADAM: We are thrilled to welcome back the knowledge and insight we’ve grown to expect out of Ryan Boser. Ryan contributes a number of places, with very valuable draft and fantasy takes, and we encourage you to follow him on Twitter to keep track of everything he is doing.]

BY RYAN BOSER

From Adrian Peterson to Jabari Price, Rick Spielman has had varying degrees of involvement in 65 rookie selections during his eight-draft Minnesota Vikings tenure. While “need” is an ever-changing variable, we have a large enough sample size to begin to glean some of his general philosophical tendencies.

1. Spielman is fearlessly aggressive with offensive skill position players in the first two rounds.

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With his first pick as VP of Player Personnel, Spielman eschewed infinitely more pressing defensive needs to select a supremely talented RB with durability concerns. Meanwhile, Chester Taylor had just eclipsed 1,500 YFS in the first year of his 4-year contract.

Two drafts later, Spielman & Co. snatched Percy Harvin in R1 despite a failed Combine drug test.

Spielman reached wildly for Christian Ponder, and traded up for backup Toby Gerhart, an ultra-raw Cordarrelle Patterson and Pro Day flop Teddy Bridgewater.

What it Means: Kevin White almost certainly ran himself out of the Vikings’ range, but if Amari Cooper slips, he’d be the odds-on favorite at 11. If both White and Cooper are gone, DeVante Parker would surely get a long look, and I wouldn’t count out stud RB Todd Gurley (pending Peterson) despite last season’s ACL tear — the precedent is there for such a pick. Monstrous WR Dorial Green-Beckham is a textbook Spielman pick in R2 (or late R1 via trade-up). He comes with drug and violence-against-women baggage, which will make him an especially tough sell at this juncture, but the team is officially kicking the tires.

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The NFL Draft is a month away and the question on the minds of Vikings fans is “What are the Vikes gonna do at #11?” Convincing arguments can be made for nearly every prospect outside of QB, so we had our man Luke Inman (@luke_spinman) of eDraft back on the show with a basic premise: If you were Rick Spielman, what would you do in these scenarios?

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Spoiler: We get different answers for each — including trades — and the wild card scenario even features an Adrian Peterson trade.

Full episode after the jump! 

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This week’s Vikings Fan Spotlight is Part II of a 3-segment series. I had such an amazing response on Twitter from Vikings fans all over the world, and I decided to break this feature into three separate parts. 

Kristian L. G. Nielsen – Havdrup, Denmark – @klgn

kristianQ: How did you first become a Vikings fan?
A: This a bit funny, actually. In the early 90’s a lot of the kids at my school bought NFL caps. I bought one as well. The first one was actually a Giants cap, but it broke. The next one I bought was a Vikings cap, it was a grey one. I got teased a bit at school, because the Raiders were the popular team. Back then NFL was only shown in a weekly highlight show, and I must admit I didn’t watch it. Actually thought it was a weird sport. I watched a lot of soccer instead. Soccer is the most popular sport over here. As every Vikings fan know Atlanta made it to the Super Bowl in 1999, and the Falcons kicker at that time, Morten Andersen, is Danish, so that Super Bowl was broadcast back here and was the beginning of NFL being broadcast over here live every kristian2Sunday. […] I have a tough time watching a sport and not cheering for a specific team, and since I still had (and have) my grey Vikings cap, the choice was easy for me. I don’t know at what spcific date it happened, but I would probably say the Vikings @ Packers playoff game in 2005 where Moss mooned at Lambeau is the first one I remember cheering vividly for the Vikings. […] Before we had kids I would watch every game live, I would even go to bed early, set an alarm and get up at 2.30 AM to watch the late night games. Now I’ll have to catch those games OnDemand instead. I also listen to a lot of the Minnesota sports radio stations […] and love listening to fan podcasts and discussing Vikings stuff on twitter. I’m spending way too much time being a Vikings fan, but once you’re hooked you can’t get rid of it.

Q: Who is your favorite player on the current Vikings roster?
A: This is a tough one. A year ago I would have said Adrian Peterson, but now it’s a bit tougher. I’m going to go with John Sullivan. He seems like a great dude, and I love listening to him on various radio shows. He’s very articulate and the insights he gives are very good, I think.

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