Sunday, July 23, 2017

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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)

Image courtesy of Vikings.com
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Vikings Training Camp Preview

In just 11 days, the Minnesota Vikings open training camp on the Minnesota State, Mankato campus. Rookie practices begin on Monday, July 24th and full team practices start Thursday, July 27th.

As usual, this time of year has brought optimism to the Vikings and their fans. But this year, things seem different. There’s good reason to be excited, as the offseason resulted in refreshing roster replacements, an influx of young talent, and a promising outlook on lovable quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

To recap the offseason moves, Minnesota added free agents Latavius Murray, Riley Reiff, Datone Jones, Michael Floyd, and Mike Remmers.

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Vikings Coach "Not Opposed" to a Young Replacement for Greenway

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Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer has officially announced an open tryout for the third and final starting linebacker position. Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks not-so-secretly compose two-thirds of the Vikings’ starting rotation — but the third and final spot is officially up for grabs.

Veterans Emmanuel Lamur and Edmond Robinson both have starting experience, but neither has been recognized as a strong candidate to win the job.

When asked which of the two former role players would ultimately receive a promotion to the weak-side linebacker position vacated by Chad Greenway’s retirement this offseason, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer responded with a noncommittal answer, effectively leaving the job up for grabs this summer:

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Vikings 2017 Rookies
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Three days and seven trades later, Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman netted his franchise 11 new players. Without a first round pick—and his preferred 10 selections—Spielman was, as expected, one of the league’s more active draft participants.

Over the course of three days, he executed trades with seven teams, swapping 20 total draft picks in a convoluted string of transactions. When he was finally happy with his draft board and the team’s position each round, Spielman settled, garnering a class you’ve come to know well thanks to the Welcome to the Big Show series.

After the jump, I’ll compile each of the breakdowns with links and helpful graphics. This landing page should become an instant bookmark for you; an easy-to-reference guide on the 2017 Vikings rookies.

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