Saturday, June 25, 2016

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Laquon Treadwell

School’s finally out for summer. Well…. At least 6 weeks.

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings wrapped up mini-camp Thursday at Winter Park by cancelling practice and letting the Purple get a jump on their summer vacations a few hours early. We’re still on our grind here though bringing you a ten-pack of Vikings talkers to take you into Father’s Day weekend and the official start to summer.

Today’s Topics Include
• Vikings Mini-Camp Wrapped Up a Day Early
• Joint Practices Announced with the Bengals
• Only 10 Days in Mankato
• Adrian Says to Trade Anyone Not Thinking Super Bowl
• Laquon Treadwell Got Hazed with…. Fruit Snacks?
• Will This be the Year for Cordarrelle?
• Why Linval & Sharrif Benefit from Fletcher Cox’s Mega-Deal
• What if Xavier Rhodes Becomes Good at Off Coverage?
• Decoding What Everyone’s Saying About Mortiz Boehringer
• Vikings Cut DT Bruce Gaston & LB Travis Lewis

All that and other “Madison Treadwell’s School Lunches are the REAL Winner” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

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It seems as though the stream of Minnesota Vikings news has reached its slow period at this point in the NFL offseason. Soon enough, the NFL Draft will be taking place and the first sessions of offseason workouts will begin.

Even with the lack of news, there still seems to be plenty of topics to explore within the Vikings world.

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The Vikings announced Tuesday morning that the team has released safety Taylor Mays.

Mays signed with Minnesota on March 24, and he has been working with the reserves during this spring’s OTA’s. Tuesday marked the kickoff of the team’s three-day mandatory mini camp.

Mays played in Cincinnati from August 2011, and he reunited with coach Mike Zimmer when he joined the Vikings. His size (6’3″) and speed combined added to his previous experience with Zimmer looked to make him a strong candidate, but he wasn’t getting many reps at safety thus far.

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It seems as if the Vikings are in the running for 27-year-old safety Taylor Mays.

According to the Pioneer Press’ Chris Tomasson, the Vikings, Bengals, and Redskins are all vying to bring Mays in. The safety has played for Cincinnati since 2011, and Tomasson said the Bengals are “desperately” wanting Mays to stay on the roster.

John Day is a Bengals fan who would like to see Mays stay in Cincinnati at the right price. He feels there are some challenges to Mays, but he also offers a lot of upside to a team:

“[Mays is] more of a straight line type of guy.  Hes a good athlete […] Perfect depth guy who could fill a couple spots in a pinch.”

Mays is yet another free agent whose interest in the Vikings relates directly to his past experience with head coach Mike Zimmer. Zimmer served as Cincinnati’s defensive coordinator during Mays’ first three seasons, so he is widely familiar with Zimmer’s coaching style and system.

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According to Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, the Vikings are making their case to bring Cincinnati guard Clint Boling to Minnesota. The acquisition would benefit Minnesota in more ways than one.

After releasing Charlie Johnson last week, the team absolutely needs a strong guard added to the roster, and bringing in a free agent like Boling would be a great solution. Boling also has a history with head coach Mike Zimmer, as the guard overlapped three seasons with the coach when Zimmer was Cincinnati’s defensive coordinator.

Even though he didn’t play directly under Zimmer, bringing Boling into a general system and coach that he is already familiar with would be significant for both him and the Vikings.

“[Boling] has a lot of interest in the Vikings,” said his trainer Ryan Goldin. “I know he likes the Vikings organization. It’s going to be an interesting 24 hours.”

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