Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Welcome to the latest installment of the Vikings Territory Training Camp Primer series focusing on Linval JosephSharrif Floyd and the Minnesota Vikings interior defensive linemen.

UPDATE: The Vikings signed DT Chunky Clements Friday and released DE Caleb Kidder.

As the Vikings open their last training camp in Mankato, they appear at-first-glance to be in pretty good shape along the defensive front. They have one of the best defensive tackles in football and employ a stable of talent for depth. However, there are still important questions to be answered. Like for instance, who is the starter next to Linval Joseph?

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Welcome to the latest installment of the Vikings Territory Training Camp Primer series focusing on Everson Griffen, Danielle Hunter and the Minnesota Vikings’ Defensive End position.

Minnesota has long been home to a handful of the most talented and devastating defensive ends in NFL history. Players such as Chris Doleman and Carl Eller began a lasting tradition that was reinvigorated by the acquisition of Jared Allen in 2008 following roughly a decade of substandard play. All three Vikings greats are gone now, but their legacy remains intact, and a new wave of purple and gold defensive ends has begun to make its mark since Mike Zimmer took control in 2014.

Since Zimmer’s arrival, Everson Griffen has established himself as one of the most well-rounded and effective 4-3 defensive ends in professional football; Brian Robison has continued to play at a high level well into his 30s; and former third-round pick Danielle Hunter has only scratched the surface of a potential that appears destined to dominate opposing offensive tackles for the next decade.

Who will join these three Vikings mainstays as part of potentially the best 4-3 defensive end group in the NFL? Well, that is what training camp is for, my friends.

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Episode 83

Graphic designed by Brett Anderson

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the Minnesota Vikings’ move from Mankato to Eagan and preview the defensive line positions ahead of Training Camp. This show was broadcasted live on MixIr on Tuesday, July 18th.

Episode 83 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 (2:14)
  3. Mankato Move: Reaction to Vikings’ Shift from Mankato to Eagan (3:00)
  4. Training Camp Preview: Defensive Line (17:30)
  5. Take 5: Favorite Non-Vikings Players (51:00)
  6. Drew’s Final Take: Aaron Rodgers Propaganda (58:25)
  7. Live Commentary: Andre Patterson & Ben Gedeon (1:01:00)
  8. Sign-Out: Grab Your ATL T-Shirt on Amazon NOW! (1:11:32)

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Episode 79

Graphic designed by Brett Anderson

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss Datone Jones’ remarks about changing positions in Minnesota, explore the Vikings’ ‘Blue Chip’ roster pieces and also debate the best players at each defense and special teams position in the NFL before finishing off a rather long show with an Independence Day-themed Take 5.

Episode 79 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 (1:42)
  3. Mr. Jones’ Position Change: You Can Ride, All Day Long (2:40)
  4. Blue Chip Vikings: Pegging Minnesota’s Best Building Blocks (11:55)
  5. Final NFL Rankings: LONG TALK on The Best in the Business — Defense (23:30)
  6. Final NFL Rankings: SHORT TALK on The Best in the Business — Special Teams (1:07:30)
  7. Take 5: The Best Independence Day Activities (1:10:27)
  8. Drew’s Final Take: Fireworks are Overrated (1:15:55)
  9. Sign-Out: About the Labor T-Shirts Coming Soon! (1:17:34)

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Surmising the Starters
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They’re in every front office; sprawling white boards checkered with placards and magnets. On these tags are player names, positions, and a smattering of notes, all meant to make sense of the jumble inside a general manager’s mind.

The job of an NFL franchise’s personnel department is no easy task; outside of scouting the future, they must develop the players within, slotting each into the correct position and role. Everyday tasks appear black-and-white, but most decisions made behind closed doors come amidst the gray.

Outside of a pure talent evaluation, there are the issues of locker room chemistry, salaries, tenure, and above all else, market value. The pressure to start a high-profile rookie, for example, may force the more talented, less exciting veteran out of a long-occupied place on the field.

RELATED: VIKINGS SHOULD CONSIDER ADDING COLIN KAEPERNICK

Fortunately, not all front offices function this way. The Minnesota Vikings—specifically, general manager Rick Spielman—operate in a more judicious manner. Rookies don’t automatically see the field in their first year, veterans are rarely released out of the blue, and the 22 available positions in the starting lineup are never “on lock.”

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