Monday, December 18, 2017

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Vikes Over Beers feat. Matt Helgeson and Logan Lafferty (ep. 409)

Actual FOOTBALL football is upon us! As the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings prepare to take on the New Orleans Saints led by future Hall of Fame running back Mark Ingram, we’re preparing for the season as well by jamming as much talk in as we can. To help us out, we welcomed in life-long Vikings fans Matt Helgeson (@MattHelgeson) and Logan Lafferty (@MrLeviathan) of the Strother Communications Group to hoist a couple of beers and enjoy some Blue Door deliciousness while talking Purple. We covered Adrian Peterson returning to Minnesota, why Alex Boone being kicked to the curb is no big thing, how Dalvin Cook could be the next big thing, and of course the mandatory Teddy vs Bradford talker.

All that and more “The Strothers Brothers!” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Cook Gives Vikings Offensive Flexibility
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There’s no need to harp on Adrian Peterson‘s lack of versatility. Minnesota Vikings fans know, after years of watching him barrel through opposing defenses, that Peterson’s most valuable attribute was just that — his ability as a pure, north-to-south runner.

As Father Time gains ground and offensive philosophies shift to more wide-open, dynamic attacks, patience wears thin for players of Peterson’s unique, if limited skill set. While still a major draw on Sunday afternoons, the proof is on the paper; the Vikings’ all-time leading rusher sits behind Mark Ingram — and potentially rookie Alvin Kamara — on the New Orleans Saints’ depth chart.

Back in Minnesota, it’s clear Peterson’s replacement, second-round pick Dalvin Cook, brings a welcome, refreshing dynamic to the Vikings’ backfield. Though not the workhorse of his predecessor, it was clear from the start of training camp that Cook’s ceiling — in all other facets of a running back’s repertoire — is much higher than Peterson’s was from 2012 on.

Last Thursday’s preseason opener gave the organization a glimpse of the offensive flexibility Cook brings to Pat Shurmur’s scheme. Against the Buffalo Bills, he enjoyed a lion’s share of touches — almost all manufactured to put the ball in his hands — and reminded the Vikings of the possibilities created by having a do-it-all player in the backfield.

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According to the team website, Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform List Monday. He practiced with the team but did not take part in contact drills.

It was the first time Murray officially practiced as a Viking. The team acquired the back knowing he needed offseason ankle surgery. He was placed on the PUP list when the team reported to training camp.

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Episode 85

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald give their thoughts on training camp and the heralded Mr. Mankato award with discussions on Eric Kendricks, Chunky Clements and slow golfers as well.

Episode 85 is sponsored by BlackStack Brewing, SoCom Creative and local stand-up comic Brendan Gay.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Intro: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Advertising: BlackStack Brewing & SoCom Creative, LLC (1:20)
  3. Rookies Report: Initial Takeaways & Thoughts (2:22)
  4. Excited About AP: Eric Kendricks Can’t Wait to Face Adrian Peterson (5:55)
  5. Final Roster Fix: Vikings Sign Chunky Clements, Release Caleb Kidder (11:55)
  6. Advertising: See Brendan Gay LIVE August 10th (17:15)
  7. Mr. Mankato: Odds Report, Predictions (17:45)
  8. Training Camp Preview: Most Important “Stuff” to Keep an Eye on (25:15)
  9. Twitter Takes: How Many Rookies Will Start in 2017? (34:30)
  10. Take 5: Emojis (39:06)
  11. Advertising: Beer Pong Tournament on August 5th at BlackStack Brewing (46:35)
  12. Drew’s Final Take: Slow Golfers (47:09)
  13. Sign-Out: Football is Back! (48:50)

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Running Backs
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Welcome to the latest installment of the Vikings Territory Training Camp Primer series focusing on Dalvin Cook, Latavius Murray, and the Minnesota Vikings’ running back position.

It’s an odd thing to say, but the Vikings are arguably better off at running back without Adrian Peterson in the backfield. With Peterson, Minnesota tied itself to a player stuck in the past, a player too stubborn to advance his game where the team needed it to go.

Thus, the Vikings moved forward without him this offseason, allowing the future Hall-of-Fame running back to take his immense (if limited) talents to New Orleans. And when the Saints come to U.S. Bank Stadium Week 1, the Vikings know exactly what they’ll see in Peterson — a square peg in the round hole that is New Orleans’ pass-happy offense.

But in Minnesota, the backfield situation is one of fluidity. Any of the three players at the top of the depth chart — Murray, Cook, and Jerick McKinnon — can line up from the shotgun or under center. Not only that, they can catch out of the backfield and split carries when asked — elements Peterson didn’t seem to grasp in his final years as the Vikings’ lead back.

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