Monday, August 21, 2017

Cayleb Jones

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Brothers Cayleb and Zay Jones Set for Battle

Image courtesy of elite photographer, BJ Reidell

Let the Games Begin!

The Minnesota Vikings are set to compete in their first matchup of the NFL preseason tonight against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Quarterback Sam Bradford, Stefon Diggs and Co. are scheduled to go head-to-head with an imposing Buffalo defense led by nose tackle Marcell Dareus, one-time bust defensive end Jerry Hughes and former Florida State cornerback and 2015 second-round pick Ronald Darby following a much-anticipated coin toss set to take place at 6 p.m. Central/7 p.m. Eastern.

Following — what certainly appeared to be — a very successful final training camp in Mankato, Mike Zimmer and his staff will continue their positional evaluations tonight. Plenty of impact roles remain up-for-grabs, as Minnesota has the luxury of rostering 90 players up until the beginning of the 2017 season following a change made by league office this offseason to eliminate the late-summer 75-man roster cut check point.

As a result, the preseason has never been more important than it is in 2017 — extra days for 15 players should result in more competition, higher intensity and, above all, this change should create a better on-field product during the month of August (while also increasing NFL revenue, shocker).

Minnesota is matched up against Buffalo tonight, on paper, but the preseason uniquely is less about who the opponent is and more about determining how to best prepare the entire 90-man depth chart for September based on what the Bills’ strengths and weaknesses.

Week 1 of the NFL preseason, generally speaking, yields between three and five series for projected starters, roughly two quarters of second- and third-team “bubble” players and, per standard, the final 15 minutes is typically reserved for the players that, in the words of the great Lou Brown (Major League), “Guys that will be bagging groceries in a couple weeks”.

As hysterically blunt as it is, Brown’s point stands true — 47 of these players must go come September. Minnesota’s brain trust has roughly one month to make a handful of decisions regarding which players will take the field against the New Orleans Saints but, more importantly, Zimmer and Co. will need to determine an optimal 53-man depth chart this coming season while still managing to hold onto the surplus of raw talent at the back end of the roster.

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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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Episode 81 — Recorded Live

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald preview the wide receiver position with the Minnesota Vikings set to hit Mankato in a little over a week, discuss a report that then-rookie Laquon Treadwell was “playing” injured in 2016, rebuttal former Viking Nate Burleson’s take that Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen combine to form the 17th-best wide receiver duo in the NFL and field a few questions in the first official LIVE broadcast of the About the Labor Podcast.

Episode 81 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 (1:46)
  3. Treadwell Lightly: Laquon Treadwell reportedly was “playing” injured in 2016 (2:22)
  4. Burleson (re)Buttal: Nate Burleson Ranks Stefon Diggs & Adam Thielen 17th-Best WR Duo (16:30)
  5. Training Camp Preview: Wide Receivers (29:20)
  6. Live Commentary: You are Rick Spielman… (48:35)
  7. Take 5: Time Killers While Waiting in the Doctor’s Office (54:46)
  8. Drew’s Final Take: Strong Words on the Season of Summer (1:01:19)
  9. Sign-Out: Monday-Wednesday-Friday Podcast Schedule Begins Next Week (1:04:02)

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

Which Vikings receivers will make the team in 2017?

After failing to sign any free agent receivers before the draft, the Minnesota Vikings were able to land a quality wideout in Michael Floyd last Wednesday. By adding Floyd, the Vikings are suddenly deep at wideout. Very deep. Now the question becomes, who will make the team?

Here’s a quick look at the top receivers currently on the Vikings offseason roster:

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