Sunday, April 30, 2017

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Cordarrelle Patterson
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Welcome to the next installment of our Vikings Free Agency Primer series: the wideouts. Check out our other primers on tight ends, defensive ends, cornerbacks, safeties, and the quarterbacks.

For the first time in ages, the Vikings head into free agency with very little attention paid to the wideout position. However, the group is full of question marks, and sometimes, question marks equate to surprising moves.

One of those question marks is how new wide receivers coach Darrell Hazel views the group he is inheriting, with the somewhat surprising departure of George Stewart leaving us to wonder what sort of circumstances he is walking into exactly.

We don’t know enough about the inner-workings of Winter Park to know the details of what led to this coaching change, or how the current staff views its players, but we do know the team has a number of situations to address: a first-rounder that barely played football in 2016; a relatively expensive veteran that seemed to be in the dog house in 2016; and a pending free agent whose best value comes on special teams.

Three Questions

Aj Mansour on Jarius Wright, Midseason Drama, and the 2017 NFL Draft
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Aj Mansour is practically a household name among Minnesota Vikings fans. Long a contributor at kfan.com, he’s making like Lebron James and taking his talents to another Internet “city.” Only this time, it’s not Miami or Cleveland.

Mansour’s joining the growing team at Purple PTSD, where our friend Joe Johnson serves up daily reminders of the struggle of being a Vikings fan. Like good neighbors, we asked Aj to participate in the final installment of “Three Questions,” and he happily obliged.

Before we get to his answers, though, here’s a rundown of every interview…

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Two Cornerbacks Out as Vikings Take on Redskins
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The revolving door that is the Minnesota’s Vikings’ inactive list continues to swing. Last week, it was Eric Kendricks and Alex Boone on the sidelines for the Vikings. And this week, two more starters take their place.

As announced on the team’s official website, both Captain Munnerlyn and Marcus Sherels are out for today’s game against the Washington Redskins. Munnerlyn hurt his ankle in Minnesota’s Week 10 loss, as did Sherels. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs are capable of returning punts, while Terence Newman and Mackensie Alexander can slide into the Nickel corner spot if need be.

The rest of the team’s inactive players include:

  • QB Taylor Heinicke
  • WR Laquon Treadwell
  • CB Captain Munnerlyn
  • CB Marcus Sherels
  • G Willie Beavers
  • C Zac Kerin
  • DT Sharrif Floyd

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Marcus Sherels' Place
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With Minnesota Vikings punt returner Marcus Sherels out against the Chicago Bears, a few players may see extra special teams playing time on Monday Night. Sherels injured his wrist in the team’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last week and will miss his first game since 2011 when he began fielding punts in purple and gold.

One player who could take his place is Cordarrelle Patterson, who was questionable entering the night but passed the NFL’s concussion protocol in time for Monday Night Football. He’s returned punts before but has primarily been a kick returner for the Vikings. Adam Thielen also fielded punts during the preseason but has never taken a regular season snap at the position.

The rest of Minnesota’s inactive players include:

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