Friday, August 18, 2017

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Welcome to the latest installment of the Vikings Territory Training Camp Primer series focusing on Harrison Smith, Andrew Sendejo, and the safeties.

Amidst all of the turnover throughout the Vikings roster from 2016 to 2017, the safety position has changed very little from where it was a year ago. The five men who will compete at training camp in 2017 were all in the same position a year ago.

However, that doesn’t mean there won’t be camp battles or important roles that need to be filled. The safety position’s significance is listed right there in its name — these players are the safety valve for the defense. If they screw up, it’s likely six points for the opposition.

We know what Harrison Smith brings to the table. We know what Andrew Sendejo brings to the table. But who will emerge as a reliable depth filler behind them?

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Vikings Territory Roundtable — Episode 15

VT Roundtable Episode 15

Welcome Back to the VT Roundtable!

Episode 15 marks the first recording broadcasted live on YouTube featuring a full crew of Adam Warwas (@VikingTerritory), Austin Belisle (@austincbelisle), BJ Reidell (@RobertReidell), Brett Anderson (@brettAnderson87), Drew Mahowald (@DrewMahowald), Ham Neumann (@NeumSamN) and Sean Borman (@SeanBoarMan) fielded questions from a live viewing audience, discussing everything from the safety position opposite Harrison Smith to the Laquon Treadwell hype train on yet another action-packed episode of the VT Roundtable.

Check out Episode 15 after the jump and subscribe to the Vikings Territory YouTube channel to ensure that you never miss a VT Roundtable discussion, the latest installment of Bump & Run or and other VT/TV videos!

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Crossroads with safety Andrew Sendejo
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Are the Minnesota Vikings at a crossroads with safety Andrew Sendejo?

In 2016, the Minnesota Vikings signed soon-to-be free agent Andrew Sendejo to a four-year, $16 million contract extension. It was quite the deal for a safety who hadn’t even started a full season in the NFL.

However, the Vikings protected themselves. The terms of the contract gave the team a potential out after just two years. That time is almost here. Considering Sendejo’s remaining deal is both hefty and no longer guaranteed, his future as a Viking may be in doubt after the season.

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According to Tommy Armstrong on Twitter, the Minnesota Vikings will not sign the former Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback to the 90-man roster.

Armstrong participated in the Vikings’ recent rookie minicamp, where he shifted from quarterback to running back, and then again to safety.

Despite being recruited as a safety out of high school, Armstrong became a decorated signal-caller in college. He finished his Cornhuskers career first in Nebraska history in passing yards (8,871) and touchdowns (67). Armstrong is a natural athlete that should latch on with another NFL team before training camp begins in August.

Minnesota Vikings Fanspeak Mock Draft
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I took to Twitter on Tuesday night to pose a vital question to my followers.

I thought, “Hey, only nine percent said no, so why not give it a shot?”

Fanspeak’s On The Clock feature allows fans to simulate the 2017 NFL Draft by acting as general manager of any team. It brings together several different variables that NFL front offices consider when selecting — and it allows the user to choose which reputable big board to use for the simulation.

For this simulation, I used the Dan Brugler big board from CBS Sports. And, I stuck with Fanspeak’s free On The Clock feature instead of paying for the Premium feature, which allows users to make trades in the draft.

You can view the full results of my simulation HERE.

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