Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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Vikings Territory staffer Drew Mahowald spoke with David Morgan about his role increasing as he approaches his second season.

For nearly 20 years now, the Minnesota Vikings have boasted a blue-chip, jack-of-all-trades tight end in their offense.

This role features a player who can line up in several different formations and fulfill many blocking roles and still be effective as a receiver.

Jim Kleinsasser first occupied this role when he was drafted in 1999. As his 13-year career concluded, Rhett Ellison gained control of the role for the next five seasons before signing with the New York Giants this offseason.

That role is now open for the taking, but second-year man David Morgan and his luxurious locks have the inside track on the role in 2017, both via his skill set and his experience. Morgan has a lot of respect for what Ellison brought to the table for the Vikings.

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Vikings Territory staffer Drew Mahowald was on hand for the Aug. 3 Minnesota Vikings training camp practice and delivers his takeaways.

August in Mankato. The visual image likely popping into your head is one that includes sweat, humidity and heat.

However, such image was a completely inaccurate description of what Thursday’s practice was for the Vikings. The temperature fluttered in the mid-50s and the wind was steady around 20 miles per hour. It was a wonderful retreat from the typical uncomfortableness that comes with Vikings training camp.

Below are major takeaways from Thursday’s practice.

David Morgan dominates

Second-year tight end David Morgan turned in a dominating performance on Thursday. He was an unstoppable force as a run blocker, particularly in red zone drills. During one play, he practically de-cleated linebacker Emmanuel Lamur and drove him across the field and opened a hole for Dalvin Cook.

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Interior Offensive Line
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Welcome to the last installment of the Vikings Territory Training Camp Primer series focusing on Alex Boone, Pat Elflein, Joe Berger, and the Minnesota Vikings interior offensive line.

It’s no secret the Vikings’ offensive line had a rough 2016 season. Multiple players who were expected to make an impact up front were lost for a variety of reasons; Mike Harris didn’t play a snap all year due to an undisclosed illness or injury, Phil Loadholt retired before the season, and tackles Matt Kalil, Andre Smith and Jake Long all suffered season-ending injures.

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Episode 82

Graphic designed by Brett Anderson

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald react to Michael Floyd’s four-game suspension, continue their training camp preview segment with tight ends and the offensive line and finish up with a Take 5 on their favorite television shows.

Episode 82 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 (1:08)
  3. Floyd Focus: Reaction to Mike Floyd’s Four-Game Suspension (1:45)
  4. Training Camp Preview: Tight Ends (7:45)
  5. Training Camp Preview: Offensive Line (20:25)
  6. Twitter Questions: Would You Rather… and a Mini Cornerbacks Preview (39:30)
  7. Take 5: Best Television Shows (45:36)
  8. Drew’s Final Take: Use Your Blinker! (53:47)
  9. Sign-Out: New Posting Schedule — Monday-Wednesday-Friday (55:35)

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