Thursday, September 1, 2016

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Minnesota Vikings Mankato Training Camp
Photo Courtesy of Luke Inman

The annual dead period between the Saturday morning walk-through and the famous Night Practice is upon us. No worries though as we’ve set up at Boulder Tap House again with Sam Ekstrom (@SamEkstrom), Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman), and Eric Thompson (@Eric_J_Thompson) to talk a little Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings and what we’ve seen from the squad as they round out their final weekend in Mankato this season. (Note: Eric’s audio kicked out about 3/4 of the way through the show. Ah well.)

All that and other “THIS. IS. NIGHT PRACTICE.” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Mankato Minnesota Vikings

Another picturesque day in sunny and 77 degree Mankato. I welcomed in Josh Zimmer (@JZimmer_NFL) of NGSC Sports and Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman) in to have a frank and open conversation about the latest happening with the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings as Training Camp draws to a close.

Today’s Topics Include:
• Why Tre Roberson is Impressing
• Trae Waynes Made a Leap in Year 2
• Vikings Have the Deepest Defensive Line Unit in the NFL
• Thoughts on Matt Kalil
• The Great Berger or Sully Debate
• Andre Smith has Locked up the Starting Right Tackle Job
• What Chad Greenway Can Give This Team in 2016
• Who’s Going to be the Backup QB?
• #FreePruitt and #FreeMorganII
• How’s Teddy’s Deep Ball Look?
• Adrian Peterson Looks Like 2007 Adrian
• How Treadwell Can Contribute Early (Even Without Starting)

All that and other “Was That a Bang 8?” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Image courtesy of Chris Price

Over the course of the last few weeks, Austin Belisle and myself have asked you to make predictions about how the Minnesota Vikings’ 2016 training camp will play out. Meanwhile, Adam Patrick compiled consensus rankings of the “Top 30” most important Vikings players of 2016, with help from 14 knowledgable Vikings writers. Below is the genesis of all that work.

We’ve used your votes, combined with the rankings, to try and assemble one of the most collaborative roster predictions you’ll be able to find anywhere.

Of course, a few questions remain despite the compilation of input, so Austin and I did our best to fill in the blanks. That leads us to our final installment of “10 Camp Questions” in which the tenth question for you, the readers of Vikings Territory, are invited to answer.

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Checking our 2015 predictions
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

We here in the sports blogosphere like making bold predictions. It’s fun, and it gives us something to do in the football-starved summer months. But what’s the point of making predictions if we don’t occasionally check back and see how we did? So we thought it would be fun (and/or disheartening) to take a look at our* guesses from last offseason and compare them to what actually happened. Cheers to accountability.

*Okay, I technically wasn’t on the VT staff until this year, so I wasn’t actually involved in any of these predictions. But what could make me a better, more independent ombudsman for this process? Nothing, I say.

To the predictions!

Will Hunter Outmuscle Robison?
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

This 10-part series focuses on the biggest questions facing the Vikings as they head into Mankato for their training camp festivities. Be sure to answer the first six questions HEREHEREHEREHERE, HERE, and HERE.

CAMP QUESTION #7 – ‘Hunting’ for a starting spot?

In the weight room, Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter is a man amongst boys. He’s one of the team’s strongest, most explosive players. But on the field, Hunter is still learning the intricacies of the game. The second-year defensive end has all of the gifts to be a special defender in the NFL, and head coach Mike Zimmer knows his ‘project’ is close to a breakthrough.

“One of the big things that I’ve been talking to him all the time is being low and coming off the ball,” Zimmer said, per ESPN’s Ben Goessling. “His first step, he’s got a great first step and he’s got to make sure he threatens the offensive line with that and being an athlete, really.”

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