Sunday, July 24, 2016

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Vikings free agency targets
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The NFL League Year officially begins on March 9th, but there really are no timeouts when it comes to professional football. Once the final whistle blows at the end of the Super Bowl, front offices ramp up their efforts to improve rosters by making cuts, trades, and adding new talent.

That starts during Free Agency, which coincides with the beginning of the “new” year. Top-tier players, journeymen, and sleepers become available to the highest-bidding, and at times, most desperate teams. The Minnesota Vikings and general manager Rick Spielman generally take a cautious approach to the free-for-all extravaganza, finding value in lesser-known names who don’t dominate the headlines.

It’s an approach that recently brought players like Linval Joseph and Captain Munnerlyn to Minnesota; free agency additions that make an impact at a reasonable price. This year’s crop of players is filled with a few high-profile names, many of whom fans would like to see in purple and gold. But who would the VT Team like to see in Minnesota next year? I asked, and they answered!

Who is one player you’d like to see the Vikings sign in Free Agency?

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Mike Zimmer named one of NFL's Most Influential
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Mike Zimmer has long been respected by NFL coaches. Now, after he led the Vikings to an 11-5 record and a division championship, the national media are starting to catch on. Peter King’s The MMQB has named him one of the NFL’s 100 Most Influential People of 2015. Zimmer came in at #65 on the list, the 10th highest rated head coach.

Gary Grambling of The MMQB writes of Zimmer:

It took too long for someone to hire Zimmer as a head coach. Now he’s showing why he deserved the job. In his second season, he took the Vikings to an NFC North title, its first since 2009.

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Thanksgiving for Minnesota Vikings
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The NFL’s slate of games won’t be released for another two months, but schedule-makers are already planning an exciting Thanksgiving for Minnesota Vikings fans. According to a report from the Sports Business Journal, the Vikings are “likely” to play the Detroit Lions on Turkey Day.

Minnesota hasn’t played on Thanksgiving since 2000, when they defeated the Dallas Cowboys 27-15. The Vikings are 5-1 all-time in Thanksgiving Day games, with both of their most recent victories coming against the Cowboys. In 1998, Randy Moss famously caught three passes, all of which resulted in touchdowns. That dominating team would go on to win the game 46-36 and finish the season 15-1.

Below, a look at the results from each of Minnesota’s Turkey Day games, per the team’s official website:

  • 11/27/1969 vs. Detroit, 27-0 W
  • 11/26/1987 vs. Dallas, 44-38 W OT
  • 11/24/1988 vs. Detroit, 23-0 W
  • 11/23/1995 vs. Detroit, 38-44 L
  • 11/26/1998 vs. Dallas, 46-36 W
  • 11/23/2000 vs. Dallas, 27-15 W

Historically, the Vikings have fared well against the Lions on Thanksgiving. Although their lone loss came at the hands of Detroit in 1995, they’ve outscored the Lions 88 to 44 in three total games.

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Tre Madden missed four games down the stretch in 2015 because of knee soreness. He played in the final two regular season games for USC but only carried the ball eight times in those contests. Madden underwent knee surgery following the season and missed the Holiday Bowl.

He was originally recruited by the Trojans to play linebacker before switching to running back in 2012. Madden has complied 1,155 yards and eight touchdown on 223 career rushing attempts. His 32 receptions for 334 yards and five touchdowns in the passing game will certainly catch the eye of Norv Turner.

Tre Madden | Running Back, USC

Measurements

Height: 6’1
Weight: 225
Age: 22

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The offseason is a time for some serious discussions on multi-million dollar contracts, the character and integrity of numerous young men, and the metrics of a hundreds of new potential Vikings prospects. As some folks far more clever than I remind us on an annual basis, however, there is always time to have a little fun. That is especially true if it involves a little NFL Lip Reading.

I’m not ashamed to admit that I love these videos and have watched each one repeatedly.

If nothing else, here is a reminder to have a little bit of fun on this football-less Saturday.

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