Monday, November 20, 2017

adrian peterson

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The Adrian Peterson saga has officially come to an end.

Or is it just beginning?

The former Minnesota Vikings star has officially signed a two-year, $7 million contract (with an option on the second year) with the New Orleans Saints, according to Josina Anderson of ESPN.

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This post originally appeared on Purple PTSD.

The Minnesota Vikings opened voluntary workouts at Winter Park this week, marking the beginning of “official” offseason activities. Each year, the climax of the Super Bowl seems to be followed more closely by the start of these workouts and team activities.

What we consider the “offseason” is just one part of the NFL’s shift to a year-round schedule. As soon as the winner hoists the Lombardi trophy, analysts turn to the college tapes in anticipation of the NFL Draft. The start of free agency may come before the rush of collegiate speculation, but this is the time of the year to fawn over favorite players and potential picks.

A name oft-floated around the Vikings is Joe Mixon — the troubled, yet über-talented running back out of Oklahoma. For some, he’s a surefire selection if available when the Vikings pick at No. 48. But for others, he’s an untouchable prospect with too many disqualifying questions to land in Minnesota.

Joe Johnson of Purple PTSD recently asked me to investigate Mixon; what I thought of him as a player, whether I think he’s a good fit for the offense, and whether or not the team’s interest in the former Sooner is more than “smoke.” After the jump, I’ll break it down, one question at a time.

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Respect the Heinicke — About the Labor: Episode 53

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss Sharrif Floyd’s career being in doubt, search for the value of Ted Thompson and take a good hard look at the most important quarterback competition.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Adrian Peterson: New England Patriot?
  • Sharrif Floyd, Datone Jones and a Need a 3-Techique
  • Case Keenum, Taylor Heinicke and the most important QB debate in Minnesota
  • Random Rants: What do you do well, Ted Thompson?!

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Out with the old (No. 28), in with the new (No. 25)

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Mark Twain once said this of humans: “Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it.”

I think back to childhood and remember picking scabs. You’d cut yourself, watch the blood coagulate into a rough piece of skin, then rip the protective layer away with your finger. Why’d we do it? And why do so many people continue to interrupt the body’s natural healing process?

For me, there was something oddly satisfying about the slight rush of pain and the “resetting” of the biological clock. I marveled at my skin’s ability to heal itself time and time again, but as I grew up, I grew out of the habit — or so I thought.

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