Monday, August 21, 2017

Isaac Fruechte

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A Baker's Dozen Thoughts from the Vikings Night Practice [PODCAST] - 1500 ESPN Twin Cities

The final edition of the Minnesota Vikings famous Saturday Night Training Camp Practice from Mankato is in the books. We take the time to comb through a handful of pressing topics from the practice and the week leading up, including stories from our shows at Boulder Tap House and a few from the Mankato night life. #Ribfest

Today’s Talkers Include
• Stefon Diggs is Ready for Primetime
• Sam Bradford’s Accuracy is Still His Hallmark
• Dalvin Cook & Jerick McKinnon Will Be a Dynamic Duo
• Who Knew Rashod Hill’s Health Would Be Paramount
• Ben Gedeon is Legit
• Xavier Rhodes is NOT a Practice Player
• The Vikings Need a Big Year from Trae Waynes
• Rodney Adams is Back in the Derby
• Anthony Barr is Back
• Teddy is Still a Fan Favorite
• Why I’m in on Isaac Fruechte
• Big Linval’s Contract Extension

All that and more “Goodbye, Mankato” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Welcome to the second installment of the Vikings Territory Training Camp Primer series — focusing on Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen and the wide receiver position.

Ever since Randy Moss left town following the 2004 season, the Minnesota Vikings have thoroughly lacked production at the wide receiver position. Sidney Rice‘s 2009 season and Percy Harvin‘s four-year stint represented bright spots, but other than that, Minnesota has tried to scrape by without much from the group.

That narrative appears to be hanging in the balance as the 2017 season comes to fruition.

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Episode 81 — Recorded Live

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald preview the wide receiver position with the Minnesota Vikings set to hit Mankato in a little over a week, discuss a report that then-rookie Laquon Treadwell was “playing” injured in 2016, rebuttal former Viking Nate Burleson’s take that Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen combine to form the 17th-best wide receiver duo in the NFL and field a few questions in the first official LIVE broadcast of the About the Labor Podcast.

Episode 81 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 (1:46)
  3. Treadwell Lightly: Laquon Treadwell reportedly was “playing” injured in 2016 (2:22)
  4. Burleson (re)Buttal: Nate Burleson Ranks Stefon Diggs & Adam Thielen 17th-Best WR Duo (16:30)
  5. Training Camp Preview: Wide Receivers (29:20)
  6. Live Commentary: You are Rick Spielman… (48:35)
  7. Take 5: Time Killers While Waiting in the Doctor’s Office (54:46)
  8. Drew’s Final Take: Strong Words on the Season of Summer (1:01:19)
  9. Sign-Out: Monday-Wednesday-Friday Podcast Schedule Begins Next Week (1:04:02)

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Image courtesy of Vikings.com
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Vikings OTAs: 7 Positions Up For Grabs

The Minnesota Vikings’ organized team activities, or OTAs, began Tuesday. OTAs are offseason training sessions run with the purpose of developing players; or, simply put, practices without tackling. There are no 1-on-1 drills, only team drills.

OTAs can be a good barometer of how the team’s roster is going to shape up come the regular season. Generally, the players who practice together play together. Certainly, there are exceptions.

Lets take a look at several key position battles that will unfold during the Vikings preseason.

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Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Which Vikings receivers will make the team in 2017?

After failing to sign any free agent receivers before the draft, the Minnesota Vikings were able to land a quality wideout in Michael Floyd last Wednesday. By adding Floyd, the Vikings are suddenly deep at wideout. Very deep. Now the question becomes, who will make the team?

Here’s a quick look at the top receivers currently on the Vikings offseason roster:

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