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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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Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Vikings Training Camp Preview

In just 11 days, the Minnesota Vikings open training camp on the Minnesota State, Mankato campus. Rookie practices begin on Monday, July 24th and full team practices start Thursday, July 27th.

As usual, this time of year has brought optimism to the Vikings and their fans. But this year, things seem different. There’s good reason to be excited, as the offseason resulted in refreshing roster replacements, an influx of young talent, and a promising outlook on lovable quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

To recap the offseason moves, Minnesota added free agents Latavius Murray, Riley Reiff, Datone Jones, Michael Floyd, and Mike Remmers.

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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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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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About the Labor Podcast — Episode 65

Graphic designed by Brett Anderson

BJ Reidell and Jordan Reid — filling in for a vacationing Drew Mahowald — discuss Vikings players who need to step up in 2017, veterans officially put on notice following NFL free agency/draft, answer a few questions from Twitter concerning Teddy Bridgewater and Minnesota’s running back depth chart and finish up with a Take 5 on the most under-appreciated Vikings since the turn of the millennium.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Intro: Jordan Reid steps in as co-host for a vacationing Drew Mahowald (0:00-1:47)
  • Time to Step Up: Anthony Barr, Trae Waynes and More (1:48-14:49)
  • Veterans on Notice: Jarius Wright, Emmanuel Lamur and More (14:50-20:30)
  • Twitter Question: The Running Back Depth Chart via Brew_Crew23 (20:31-29:00)
  • Twitter Question: Next Vikings Jersey Purchase via Brew_Crew23 (29:01-31:22)
  • Twitter Question: Teddy’s Fit in Pat Shurmur’s Offense via esramsvik (31:23-36:32)
  • Take 5: Jim Kleinsasser and the Most Under-Appreciated Vikings Since 2000 (36:33-46:19)
  • Sign-Out: You Know How This Goes (46:20-47:10)

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