Friday, July 3, 2015

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Andy’s off this week taking care of a baby that is apparently his. But we have a week full of classic Purple FTW! episodes for your rube ears!

Note: This is a throwback episode from August 5, 2014. Thoughts are still applicable though!

The Minnesota Vikings have a fresh start with new head coach Mike Zimmer and future franchise QB Teddy Bridgewater.

I believe the Vikings have a 4-year window to win a Super Bowl.

Listen in and find out why.

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Adrian Peterson’s return dominated headlines this week, and rightfully so, but the Minnesota Vikings are a team of 89 players — giving fans plenty to read , watch, and listen to as we inch closer to Training Camp. I’m excited that Peterson is back in purple and gold, but I can’t wait to see how T.J. Clemmings develops at right guard, how Scott Crichton has grown in his second year with the Vikings, and how a slew of other players perform come July 24 — the start of training camp in Mankato.

Before I jump into some of the week’s best stories from around the Internet, I want to give a quick shoutout to Lindsey Young. I only started writing for Vikings Territory in February, but in four short months, I’ve come to appreciate the effort, enthusiasm, and excellence that Lindsey pours into every post. That comment goes for everyone at Vikings Territory — this is an absolutely awesome group of people — but you don’t have to look further than Lindsey’s two most recent stories to see what I’m talking about. Give her profile of Bud Grant and this morning’s piece on “Babs” a read when you get the chance; it’s definitely worth your time!

And now, a collection of some of this week’s Vikings work from our community of writers, bloggers, and reporters:

In Zimmer We Trust

Images courtesy of Vikings.com

Adrian Peterson graced the Vikings’ practice field on Tuesday, and everything was suddenly right in the world. After months of heated speculation, the disgruntled running back finally returned to Minnesota and appeared comfortable taking handoffs from Teddy Bridgewater — as if no time had passed since his suspension last season.

Below, a look at Adrian’s first day back with the Vikings, courtesy of the team’s outstanding photographer, Andy Kenutis:

But a different Adrian Peterson stood in front of the media on Tuesday afternoon, where he discussed his time away from the team, the terrible incident with his son, and his relationship with head coach Mike Zimmer. This Peterson appeared humbled, sincere, and authentic; a man comfortable addressing his past mistakes and looking optimistically to a long future with the Minnesota Vikings.

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UPDATE: The Vikings have announced that Mike Zimmer and Adrian Peterson will be available at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday for a press conference at Winter Park. You can view the live stream at Vikings.com

 

The Adrian Peterson saga is settling down… at least for now.

According to ESPN’s Ben Goessling, Peterson re-joined the Vikings at OTA’s Tuesday morning.

Goessling reported that the running back’s return has been in the works since last week, and that Peterson “greatly respects” Coach Zimmer, which is probably instrumental in his appearance this week.

The move came just five days after AP’s rather absurd rant on Twitter, and it’s nice to see that he’s [seemingly] turning his focus back onto the field. Peterson said the following in an email to ESPN:

I’ve been watching this game from the sidelines for far too long,” Peterson said. “My teammates and coaches are important to me. Those relationships matter, and I owe it to those guys. I knew I wanted to come in this week. I had a family obligation last week but I’m ready to put on a Vikings uniform again and get back to work.

Although the initial push looked to be a trade, it became clear that wouldn’t be an option for Peterson. Now, some of the recent issues are supposedly related to Peterson’s contract with Minnesota.

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Image courtesy of Vikings.com

I know, I know… you’re sick of Adrian Peterson, the drama surrounding him, and our inability to not post about it. As true as that might be for a lot of you, I can promise you that we are not exactly enjoying this particular storyline, and we’ll have a very special article posted Friday morning that will be a great chance to take a break from the Peterson nonsense.

Seriously, you’ll want to be here tomorrow morning to witness one of the best, if not the best, articles we’ve ever posted here at VT.

In the meantime, our star running back took to Twitter Thursday afternoon to vent some frustrations and the result was a cyclone of speculation spewing venom in just about every possible direction.

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