Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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    Top 30 - 20 to 11 - Jerick McKinnon
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    The Minnesota Vikings have one of the NFL’s most talented rosters, making it difficult to narrow down the team’s top players. But we at Vikings Territory decided to tackle the task anyway, wrangling up some of the best Vikings writers around to help us name the the Top 30. If you missed the first entry of this series, check it out HERE.

    Follow the jump for selections 20-11!

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    Projecting the Vikings' Final 53-Man Roster
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    The 2016 season inched forward a bit when the Vikings opened their OTA offseason workouts. With that came plenty of early optimism about the Vikings’ talented roster. Teddy is ready to throw for 10,000 yards. Adrian Peterson is in the best shape of his life. 2015 top pick Trae Waynes is thriving and Aaron Boone looks great in purple.

    If you listen closely, you can hear the faintest of claims that the Vikings are a true Super Bowl contender.

    It is too early to say most of these things, but when you start to stack Minnesota’s roster, you can see why the hype exists. I struggled with my first attempt to pencil in a final 53-man roster, mostly because there will be talented players who will inevitably be cut. The front office won’t have an easy task on their hands, but I’d take a loaded roster over a barren one any day of the week.

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    The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are back in the hood that is Eden Prairie as the Purple begin preparation for the 2016 season. Nothing is more meaningless than OTAs, but the only thing getting more attention than them is than lady and her damn Chewbacca mask. But I digress, let’s talk some football! (Which we apparently do not do on The Andy Luke & Arif Football Machine.)

    Today’s Topics Include
    • Vikings OTAs Kicked Off Tuesday
    • Why Adrian Peterson Showed Up
    • Players Present But Not Participating
    • BJ Dubose Lost For the Season with an ACL
    • Mortiz Böhringer Can’t Catch the Ball Apparently
    • Blair Walsh Got a Lot of Emotional Support
    Arif’s Willie Beavers Piece
    • Who’s Going to Start at the Other Safety Spot?
    • High Praise for Laquon Treadwell
    • Two Vikings on the NFL Top-100 So Far
    • Mankato Plans

    All that and other “I bought a JUGS machine” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

    An Andy Carlson Joint

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    Vikings Announce 2016 Preseason Schedule
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    Minnesota Vikings fans are anxious for the return of football. After the way the 2015 season ended, it’s long past time to hit the “reset” button and begin again. While the preseason isn’t the official start of the 2016 campaign, it’s a chance to see Mike Zimmer’s team take the field for the first time in nearly eight months. And now, we know exactly who the Vikings will play when the preseason kicks off in August:

    Preseason Week 1 (Aug. 12-14): @ Cincinnati Bengals
    Preseason Week 2 (Aug. 19-21): @ Seattle Seahawks
    Preseason Week 3 (Aug. 28): vs. San Diego Chargers
    Preseason Week 4 (Sept. 1): vs. Los Angeles Rams

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    most important players
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    This time of year, with the Scouting Combine just wrapping up and the Draft rapidly approaching, we spend a lot of time focusing on the future. The Vikings are coming off an 11-5, division championship season, and look to be firmly headed in the right direction. So, before any draft picks or free agency additions, I thought it was a good time to look at the future within the organization. Below is a countdown of the 10 most important players to the Vikings’ future:

    (NOTE: This list only includes players currently on the team’s roster. It takes into account skill level, positional importance, age, contract, and the team’s investment in the player. It’s more than a list of best players; rather, it focuses on who will be counted on to play major roles in the next five to eight years if the team is to continue to compete for division championships and playoff berths. For example, a player who is talented and productive but approaching the end of his career would be given less consideration than a young, high draft pick who has shown good ability in a short time.)

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