Sunday, December 17, 2017

Bishop Sankey

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Road to 100 — Episode 93

Graphic designed by Brett Anderson

Minnesota Vikings Football is Back!

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald give their initial, pre-film review thoughts on what certainly appeared to be an extremely sloppy, “working out the kinks” effort by both the Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Thursday.

Episode 93 is sponsored by BlackStack Brewing and The Twin Cities Directory.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Instant Thoughts & Brief Analysis: Dalvin Cook, Bishop Sankey, Trae Waynes, Mike Remmers, Stacy “Diggs-Lite” Coley, Super Random Story About High School Joe Mauer, Rodney Adams and more!
  2. Understand the Territory: Textbook Preseason Week 1 Football — Getting Hiccups Out Now.
  3. Warning: Episode 93 is a BJ Rant Episode — Please Plan Accordingly.

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Running Backs
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Welcome to the latest installment of the Vikings Territory Training Camp Primer series focusing on Dalvin Cook, Latavius Murray, and the Minnesota Vikings’ running back position.

It’s an odd thing to say, but the Vikings are arguably better off at running back without Adrian Peterson in the backfield. With Peterson, Minnesota tied itself to a player stuck in the past, a player too stubborn to advance his game where the team needed it to go.

Thus, the Vikings moved forward without him this offseason, allowing the future Hall-of-Fame running back to take his immense (if limited) talents to New Orleans. And when the Saints come to U.S. Bank Stadium Week 1, the Vikings know exactly what they’ll see in Peterson — a square peg in the round hole that is New Orleans’ pass-happy offense.

But in Minnesota, the backfield situation is one of fluidity. Any of the three players at the top of the depth chart — Murray, Cook, and Jerick McKinnon — can line up from the shotgun or under center. Not only that, they can catch out of the backfield and split carries when asked — elements Peterson didn’t seem to grasp in his final years as the Vikings’ lead back.

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