Thursday, July 27, 2017

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Welcome to the first installment of the Vikings Territory Training Camp Primer series — leading off with Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater and the quarterback position.

Quarterback has always been and likely always will be the most important and most polarizing position in football. The Minnesota Vikings certainly aren’t exempt from this general rule of thumb — and this offseason likely represents a climax in team history with regard to the inherently polarizing nature that comes with the territory.

It has almost been a year since a Teddy Bridgewater was lost for the 2016 season and, at the time, the foreseeable future as a result of potentially the most catastrophic injury the football world has ever seen.

A lot has changed in Vikings Territory since Minnesota lost its heart and soul this past August. Sam Bradford, who will close out his first calendar year with the organization on September 3rd, is now firmly entrenched as the Vikings’ starting quarterback. Taylor Heinicke, who, like Bridgewater, missed all of the 2016 campaign following an absurd foot injury.

But, likely as a result of the uncertainty surrounding the Old Dominion product following a full-year layoff, he will once again be forced to compete for a spot on the 53-man roster against newcomer Case Keenum, formerly of the Los Angeles Rams.

Rounding out Minnesota’s training camp quarterback depth chart is undrafted rookie and former Illinois signal-caller Wes Lunt. While a number of questions regarding the future of the position in Minnesota have been answered this offseason, quarterback remains as much of a question mark as ever — yielding a handful of intriguing storylines to keep an eye on during training camp and throughout the 2017 season.

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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 80

Graphic designed by Brett Anderson

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald tackle the quarterback and running back positions in the first installment of a segment geared to get Minnesota Vikings fans prepared for training camp. Also included is a discussion regarding where Sam Bradford should rank relative to his peers and some Adrian Peterson speculation.

Episode 80 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 (1:09)
  3. Bradford Blasphemy: 24th-Best Quarterback in the NFL?! (1:39)
  4. Training Camp Preview: Quarterbacks (13:50)
  5. Training Camp Preview: Running Backs (32:43)
  6. Twitter Takes: Adrian Peterson Week 1 Projections (46:05)
  7. Drew’s Final Take: Parody in Sports is Overrated (55:06)
  8. Sign-Out: Potential Live Show Coming Wednesday (57:48)

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Vikings Territory Roundtable — Episode 16

VT Roundtable Episode 16

Welcome Back to the VT Roundtable!

Episode 16 features a six-man team made up of Austin Belisle (@austincbelisle), BJ Reidell (@RobertReidell), Brett Anderson (@brettAnderson87), Drew Mahowald (@DrewMahowald), Ham Neumann (@NeumSamN) and Sean Borman (@SeanBoarMan). The crew collectively amps up the energy for discussions surrounding Pro Football Focus’ polarizing player evaluation system, the Vikings quarterback poised to emerge victorious at The Battle Behind Bradford and plenty more in yet another thrilling installment of the VT Roundtable!

Check out Episode 16 after the jump and subscribe to the Vikings Territory YouTube channel to ensure that you never miss a VT Roundtable discussion, the latest installment of Bump & Run or and other VT/TV videos!

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