Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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Cordarrelle Patterson
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Welcome to our first installment of “Three Questions.” This is a fairly simple series we plan to run throughout January where we are going to be soliciting answers to our questions from a wide-ranging group of Vikings personalities with hopes of passing along some fun speculation, opinions, and stories to you all.

First up is Matthew Coller of 1500 ESPN fame.

1. Can you connect some dots for us and theorize what the actual reason was for Norv Turner’s abrupt departure this season?
 

Sure. It seems to stem back to last offseason in which Mike Zimmer sought advice of other coaches about his offense, then hired Pat Shurmur as his tight ends coach. Shurmur has a long and impressive history working with the West Coast offense, dating back to his days under Andy Reid. When Sam Bradford was acquired by the Vikings, they were forced to stick with a lot of those concepts considering Shurmur and Bradford had just worked together in Philly and before in St. Louis. After the bye week, the Vikings went back to Norv’s old school seven-step drops and intermediate routes. The results were disastrous because of the Vikings’ sad offensive line. My best guess would be that Zimmer chose Shurmur’s ideals over Turner’s, which caused Norv to walk away.  

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This past summer, one of the hot Vikings related topics was associated with trying to figure out what former player was asked to work with Minnesota wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson in the offseason. The Vikings coaches felt their young receiver could benefit from working out with an experienced former professional player.

Minnesota fans and media spent a decent amount of time trying to figure out who the player was, but no definitive answer could be found. At least until earlier this morning.

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The Vikings are 5-2, sit comfortably atop of the NFC Wild Card race, and yet, may find themselves in the thick of negotiations when the NFL trade deadline closes at 4 pm ET today. General manager Rick Spielman — known draft pick hoarder and trade aficionado — could very well be planning to swap a player like Chase Ford for future late-round picks. Or, he may do the unexpected and use some of the team’s $3.49 million cap space to add a veteran offensive lineman to a struggling unit.

Fortunately for the Vikings, making a “splash” move this afternoon isn’t a necessary evil. Teams gasping for life this season, like the 49ers, Browns, and Chargers, have been at the center of trade rumors and  speculation in recent days. Their playoff hopes are all but dashed, and the trade deadline offers hope as those franchises shift their focus to rebuilding in the offseason. The Vikings, meanwhile, are a team built for long-term success — 16 of their 22 starters were drafted and developed in Minnesota, per CBS Sports.

The trade deadline, then, is a chance for Rick Spielman to go “window shopping.” If something catches his eye or makes him stop and evaluate, there’s no harm in asking for a price. Is he willing to spend a little more and add to the quality of his roster now, or will Spielman barter for the future and accumulate even more draft picks?

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Why are we featuring Cordarrelle Patterson in the image below? Read more to find out.

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**Update: Unfortunately, our league did not fill in time and therefore we will not be having a Week 4 Contest. DraftKings does not allow the contest to start if the league doesn’t completely fill. We’ll be back at it next week and get started a little earlier to make sure we have better participation. All entry fees will be fully returned for this contest.**

I swear I’m not horrible at fantasy football.

Actually, I consider myself pretty dang good at it. When I’m not listening to Vikings Radio or the PurpleFTW! Podcast, I’m usually tuning in to a number of Fantasy Football podcasts (including some shows that focus specifically on daily formats). I do my homework every week – consulting a bevy of sites. I create about 10 different lineups weekly and then narrow it down to the ones I feel the best about.

I mean it! I am not horrible at fantasy football!

Nevertheless, the first three weeks of the Vikings Territory fantasy football contest I’ve placed 19/20, 15/25 and 18/20. Absolutely embarrassing…

But I refuse to give up ladies and gentleman. Week 4 will be the week I get back on top and finally win some money in our weekly contest. Who’s with me?

JOIN THE WEEK 4 VIKINGS TERRITORY FANTASY CONTEST

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Never is the business of the NFL more evident, and harsh, than these two days as hundreds of NFL players will lose their jobs and possibly their football careers.

The dream will end for 21 players for the Minnesota Vikings as they make their roster decisions to make Saturday’s 53-man roster limit. Cornerback Jabari Price will go on the suspended list, delaying any decision on his future and leaving one spot for another player.

Mike Zimmer, Norv Turner and Minnesota’s coaches and personnel staff will have some tough decisions. I believe there are about 45 players who can be considered set on the roster, leaving 29 players for eight spots. Here’s a look at what I believe the Vikings roster might look at, come Saturday afternoon before any potential additions from other teams:

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