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Mankato Lovin' LIVE from the Boulder Tap House [PODCAST] - 1500 ESPN Twin Cities

The Purple FTW! Podcast has descended upon Mankato for Minnesota Vikings Training Camp. We set up shop at Boulder Tap House, our home away from home, and Andy and Producer Allie welcomed in Eric Thompson (The Daily Norseman) and Arif Hasan (Zone Coverage) to recap some random Purple tidbits. The crew chatted about Sam Bradford and Mike Zimmer’s dap fail, Laquon Treadwell’s hamstring injury (which may or may not have been caused by Antone Exum), Riley Reiff’s back “twinge”, Dalvin Cook living up to the hype, and the Michael Floyd Redemption Tour. Plus who would prevail in a Twin Cities sports media Anchorman-style rumble.

All that and more “Hi, Megyn Kelly” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Vikings Territory staffer Drew Mahowald was on hand for the Aug. 3 Minnesota Vikings training camp practice and delivers his takeaways.

August in Mankato. The visual image likely popping into your head is one that includes sweat, humidity and heat.

However, such image was a completely inaccurate description of what Thursday’s practice was for the Vikings. The temperature fluttered in the mid-50s and the wind was steady around 20 miles per hour. It was a wonderful retreat from the typical uncomfortableness that comes with Vikings training camp.

Below are major takeaways from Thursday’s practice.

David Morgan dominates

Second-year tight end David Morgan turned in a dominating performance on Thursday. He was an unstoppable force as a run blocker, particularly in red zone drills. During one play, he practically de-cleated linebacker Emmanuel Lamur and drove him across the field and opened a hole for Dalvin Cook.

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Episode 86

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the initial word from Minnesota Vikings training camp in Mankato including George Edwards calling plays, Antone Exum at nickel cornerback and Marshall Koehn kicking his way into our hearts.

Originally broadcasted LIVE via MixIr on July 25th.

Episode 86 is sponsored by Blackstack Brewing, Socom Creative – The Twin Cities Directory and local stand-up comic Brendan Gay.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Intro: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Sponsor Note: Win FREE BEER for an Entire Year Playing Beer Pong! (1:37)
  3. Injury Designations: Latavius Murray on PUP; Sharrif Floyd on NFI (2:25)
  4. Edwards Enthusiasm: George Edwards Calling Plays During Training Camp/Preaseason (11:15)
  5. Antone Exum: From Mike Zimmer’s Dog House to Nickel Cornerback (21:47)
  6. Sponsor Note: See Brendan Gay LIVE at Joke Joint Comedy Club August 10th (32:23)
  7. Camp Takeaways: Marshall Koehn Hype Train (32:58)
  8. Rhodes Closed: New Contract Looming for X? (53:40)
  9. Sign-Out: New Episodes Monday-Wednesday-Friday; Lives Shows at 8 PM CT on Tuesdays (59:51)

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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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