Friday, September 22, 2017

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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.

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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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Vikings Territory Roundtable — Episode 15

VT Roundtable Episode 15

Welcome Back to the VT Roundtable!

Episode 15 marks the first recording broadcasted live on YouTube featuring a full crew of Adam Warwas (@VikingTerritory), Austin Belisle (@austincbelisle), BJ Reidell (@RobertReidell), Brett Anderson (@brettAnderson87), Drew Mahowald (@DrewMahowald), Ham Neumann (@NeumSamN) and Sean Borman (@SeanBoarMan) fielded questions from a live viewing audience, discussing everything from the safety position opposite Harrison Smith to the Laquon Treadwell hype train on yet another action-packed episode of the VT Roundtable.

Check out Episode 15 after the jump and subscribe to the Vikings Territory YouTube channel to ensure that you never miss a VT Roundtable discussion, the latest installment of Bump & Run or and other VT/TV videos!

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Crossroads with safety Andrew Sendejo
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Are the Minnesota Vikings at a crossroads with safety Andrew Sendejo?

In 2016, the Minnesota Vikings signed soon-to-be free agent Andrew Sendejo to a four-year, $16 million contract extension. It was quite the deal for a safety who hadn’t even started a full season in the NFL.

However, the Vikings protected themselves. The terms of the contract gave the team a potential out after just two years. That time is almost here. Considering Sendejo’s remaining deal is both hefty and no longer guaranteed, his future as a Viking may be in doubt after the season.

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According to Tommy Armstrong on Twitter, the Minnesota Vikings will not sign the former Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback to the 90-man roster.

Armstrong participated in the Vikings’ recent rookie minicamp, where he shifted from quarterback to running back, and then again to safety.

Despite being recruited as a safety out of high school, Armstrong became a decorated signal-caller in college. He finished his Cornhuskers career first in Nebraska history in passing yards (8,871) and touchdowns (67). Armstrong is a natural athlete that should latch on with another NFL team before training camp begins in August.

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