Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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Wow, what a fun day! Lots of action. With roster cuts already in progress, here’s a last-minute Vikings 53-man roster projection, which includes Friday’s trade for cornerback Tramaine Brock:

Quarterback
  • Sam Bradford
  • Case Keenum
  • Teddy Bridgewater (PUP)

The Vikings rolled with two quarterbacks last year and I don’t see that changing this year. Taylor Heinicke is practice squad eligible and I don’t see teams lining up to snag him off waivers. Plus, there’s always Mitch Leidner.

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    Minnesota Vikings safety Jayron Kearse has been fighting an uphill battle since the moment he was drafted during the seventh round of the 2016 NFL draft.

    Kearse, a former standout safety at Clemson University, entered camp last season with greater expectations than most late-round draft selections due to his incredible size-athleticism combination. He delivered to some extent, making the 53-man roster out of training camp last season and contributing a total of 77 snaps on defense — second to only first-round pick Laquon Treadwell among Vikings rookies.

    The results were not always there for Kearse, however, as he often appeared to struggle with his positioning and overall understanding of Mike Zimmer’s complex defensive scheme. Entering his second training camp in Minnesota following a full offseason with the Vikings, Kearse is feeling considerably more comfortable both with the training camp process and his understanding of his role on defense.

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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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    BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald roll out a 90-minute LIVE show in order to finish off their Minnesota Vikings Training Camp position-by-position breakdown. Linebackers, Cornerbacks and Safeties are put under the microscope with tidbits on Dalvin Cook returning kicks, Mike Zimmer’s detailed interview with Hannah Storm and a handful of various talking points provided by an elite group of LIVE listeners. Broadcasted live on MixIr Thursday, July 20th.

    Episode 84 is sponsored by local stand-up comic Brendan Gay — Catch the LIVE recording of his first comedy special at the Joke Joint Comedy Club (Lilydale, Minn.) on August 10th! Use to the promo code “BRENDAN” to get 40% off your ticket on the Joke Joint Comedy Club official website!

    PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

    1. Intro: The Agenda (0:00)
    2. Advertising: See Local Comic Brendan Gay Perform LIVE August 10th (1:22)
    3. Kick Returner Cook?: Mike Priefer Adds Dalvin Cook to the Kick Return Conversation (2:00)
    4. Training Camp Preview: Linebackers (7:00)
    5. Zimmer Talks: Mike Zimmer Gives Timeline of Eye Issues & Details Current Health Standing (28:25)
    6. Training Camp Preview: Cornerbacks Part I (35:00)
    7. Waynespickaphobia: Fear of Trae Waynes Intercepting [Fun with Drew] (48:09)
    8. Training Camp Preview: Cornerbacks Part II (48:41)
    9. Live Commentary Break: Could Trae Waynes Bolt for Green Bay? – via @SkolSees – and more! (54:54)
    10. Training Camp Preview: Safeties Part I (59:40)
    11. Moment of Clarity: Double Brain Fart (1:08:06)
    12. Training Camp Preview: Safeties Part II (1:08:46)
    13. Take 5: Episode 84 … Our Best Randy Moss Moments, Clearly (1:10:44)
    14. Final Takes & Questions: Old Dog, New Tricks? Sub-Package Sendejo? Creativity on O? Norv?! (1:17:10)
    15. Drew’s Final Take & Sign-Out Combo: 1-Year Anniversary Show Plus Big News Next Monday (1:29:32)

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    Purple FTW! Podcast: 9 Under the Radar Vikings Training Camp Questions (ep. 381)

    Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings Training Camp is less than two weeks away and all of the main storylines have already been beaten to death. Will Laquon Treadwell rebound in year 2? Will Teddy Bridgewater start the year on the PUP? Can Anthony Barr earn his 5th year option? Can the offensive line not be garbage this season? Blah blah blah. So today we decided to take a deeper dive into 9 under the radar training camp questions that I’m interested in.

    Today’s Talkers Include:
    • What if Trae Waynes or Mackensie Alexander are bad?
    • What’s gonna happen with Taylor Heinicke?
    • Is Joe Berger still #Good?
    • What’s B-Rob’s role in 2017?
    • Is this finally the year for Marcus Sherels?
    • Does Tre Roberson crack the 53-man roster?
    • Is this it for Antone Exum?
    • Which UDFA will make the roster?
    • Who’s the punter/kicker gonna be?

    All that and more “How’s Teddy Look?” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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