Friday, June 23, 2017

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Surmising the Starters
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They’re in every front office; sprawling white boards checkered with placards and magnets. On these tags are player names, positions, and a smattering of notes, all meant to make sense of the jumble inside a general manager’s mind.

The job of an NFL franchise’s personnel department is no easy task; outside of scouting the future, they must develop the players within, slotting each into the correct position and role. Everyday tasks appear black-and-white, but most decisions made behind closed doors come amidst the gray.

Outside of a pure talent evaluation, there are the issues of locker room chemistry, salaries, tenure, and above all else, market value. The pressure to start a high-profile rookie, for example, may force the more talented, less exciting veteran out of a long-occupied place on the field.

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Fortunately, not all front offices function this way. The Minnesota Vikings—specifically, general manager Rick Spielman—operate in a more judicious manner. Rookies don’t automatically see the field in their first year, veterans are rarely released out of the blue, and the 22 available positions in the starting lineup are never “on lock.”

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Vikings OTAs: 7 Positions Up For Grabs

The Minnesota Vikings’ organized team activities, or OTAs, began Tuesday. OTAs are offseason training sessions run with the purpose of developing players; or, simply put, practices without tackling. There are no 1-on-1 drills, only team drills.

OTAs can be a good barometer of how the team’s roster is going to shape up come the regular season. Generally, the players who practice together play together. Certainly, there are exceptions.

Lets take a look at several key position battles that will unfold during the Vikings preseason.

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Thursday's ICYMI
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Good evening, everyone. Welcome to Thursday’s ICYMI: We discuss the Will Sutton signing, the Vikings’ “face of the franchise,” and predict which receivers make the roster. 

“VT’s In Case You Missed It” intends to funnel news reports, general information and a handful of the best analysis articles about the Minnesota Vikings into one all-encompassing write-up. If you don’t have the time to follow the Purple and Gold as much as you may like, allow Vikings Territory to do the dirty work for you with our catch-all Vikings recap of everything you may have missed.

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About the Labor Podcast — Episode 65

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BJ Reidell and Jordan Reid — filling in for a vacationing Drew Mahowald — discuss Vikings players who need to step up in 2017, veterans officially put on notice following NFL free agency/draft, answer a few questions from Twitter concerning Teddy Bridgewater and Minnesota’s running back depth chart and finish up with a Take 5 on the most under-appreciated Vikings since the turn of the millennium.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Intro: Jordan Reid steps in as co-host for a vacationing Drew Mahowald (0:00-1:47)
  • Time to Step Up: Anthony Barr, Trae Waynes and More (1:48-14:49)
  • Veterans on Notice: Jarius Wright, Emmanuel Lamur and More (14:50-20:30)
  • Twitter Question: The Running Back Depth Chart via Brew_Crew23 (20:31-29:00)
  • Twitter Question: Next Vikings Jersey Purchase via Brew_Crew23 (29:01-31:22)
  • Twitter Question: Teddy’s Fit in Pat Shurmur’s Offense via esramsvik (31:23-36:32)
  • Take 5: Jim Kleinsasser and the Most Under-Appreciated Vikings Since 2000 (36:33-46:19)
  • Sign-Out: You Know How This Goes (46:20-47:10)

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