Friday, September 22, 2017

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    Antone Exum Continues to Impress

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    Antone Exum has brought quite a bit of attention on himself during Minnesota Vikings training camp this year.

    The former sixth-round pick out of Virginia Tech grabbed headlines earlier this week for his role in a fight with wide receiver Laquon Treadwell. Treadwell, potentially as a result, has not been in pads for each of the past two practices leading to plenty of negative comments about Exum.

    But the bout with Treadwell isn’t the only reason Exum should be in the news. He has made a fluid transition from zone safety to nickel cornerback this offseason and has produced a somewhat unexpectedly strong training camp performance.

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    Vikings Training Camp
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    The Minnesota Vikings first preseason game is only eight days away!

    Vikings at Buffalo Bills. Thursday, August 10th @ 6pm CT

    The Vikings have had six days of full team practices in Mankato. The good news is the team has avoided major injury, plus two playmakers on defense have been locked up long-term. The bad news is there have been minor, but potentially nagging injuries to report.

    Let’s recap the team news that has come out of training camp since our last Loose Ends take.

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    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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    Episode 76

    Graphic designed by Brett Anderson

    BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald talk about the Minnesota Timberwolves’ deal to acquire Jimmy Butler, debate the Minnesota Vikings’ biggest offseason additions and departures rank the NFC North division’s safeties and list their top video games of all time.

    PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

    1. Intro: The Agenda (0:00)
    2. Advertising: Comic Brendan Gay to Record 1st Special at St. Paul’s Joke Joint Comedy Club (1:09)
    3. Timberwolves: Jimmy Butler to Minnesota (1:41)
    4. Arrivals: Vikings Biggest Offseason Acquisitions (8:41)
    5. Departures: Vikings Biggest Offseason Losses (16:54)
    6. NFC North Rankings: Safeties (26:05)
    7. NFC North Rankings: Instinctive Takeaways (33:56)
    8. Take 5: Best Video Games (36:46)
    9. Sign-Out: Back to Our Regular Tuesday-Thursday Schedule Next Week (47:00)

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    Vikings OTAs: 7 Positions Up For Grabs

    The Minnesota Vikings’ organized team activities, or OTAs, began Tuesday. OTAs are offseason training sessions run with the purpose of developing players; or, simply put, practices without tackling. There are no 1-on-1 drills, only team drills.

    OTAs can be a good barometer of how the team’s roster is going to shape up come the regular season. Generally, the players who practice together play together. Certainly, there are exceptions.

    Lets take a look at several key position battles that will unfold during the Vikings preseason.

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