Thursday, March 23, 2017

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Jarius Wright
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With the deadline fast approaching for the Vikings to cut their roster to 53 players today, there is plenty of intrigue regarding what the Vikings will and won’t do, but the Minnesota Vikings trade rumors continue to steal the show in the aftermath of Teddy Bridgewater’s injury.

As Rick Spielman indicated, the Vikings appear to be checking in on the availability of quarterbacks, and Wade Phillips (perhaps mistaking his tweet for a text message) made an interesting appearance today.

Phillips quickly deleted his tweet, however, but not before the internet made it permanent leaving Vikings fans to wonder if Sam Bradford could soon be joining the team.

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Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings mercifully put an end to the preseason Thursday night against the St. Louis Los Angeles Rams of Anaheim. A few story lines emerged as many 4th preseason game participants did their best to scrape together a roster spot (OMG TOBY JOHNSON!), but the main story still hovering over the Purple is the quarterback void left by Teddy Bridgewater and his freak practice injury.

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Today’s Talkers Include:
• The Teddy Bridgewater Injury
• Possible Teddy Replacements (Besides Shaun Hill)
• Some Joel Stave…. Love???
• Toby Johnson is a Legit Talent
• Jhurrell Pressley Dazzles
• CJ Ham is a Legit NFL Running Back
• The 4 Safeties for the Vikings Are…
• Mackenzie Alexander Did Not Have a Great Night
• Backup O-Line is Trash
• Why Was Jarius Wright Playing?
• The Moritz Boehring Experiment is Over
• Treadwell Could Be Odd Beneficiary
• Loose Thoughts

All that and other “It’s Over. It’s Really Really Over.” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Minnesota Vikings Jerick McKinnon Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt is cool and all, but he’s no Jerick McKinnon. I open the show with an opining love letter to #21 and how I hope the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings will actually use him this year. Then we turbo through a couple roster battles that I’m keeping an eye on. There’s a lot of suss out over the next few weeks for the Vikes.

Battle Talking Points Include
• Joel Stave vs Taylor Heinicke
• Matt Asiata vs CJ Ham
• Adam Thielen vs Jarius Wright
• David Morgan II vs Rhett Ellison
• Willie Beavers vs Everyone
• Scott Crichton vs Everyone
• Emmanuel Lamur vs Edmond Robinson
• Marcus Sherels vs Everyone
• Antone Exum vs Jayron Kearse

All that and other “Two Men Enter, One Man Leaves” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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A Testing Ground for Minnesota
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Tonight will mark quite the occasion. The Minnesota Vikings will begin the much anticipated 2016 season by taking on the Cincinnati Bengals in a preseason exhibition game that means very little in so many ways.

However, that doesn’t mean this game is meaningless.

Preseason injuries can immediately and dramatically shift a team’s outlook and is always a primary concern this time of year. Many Minnesota Vikings are going to play their first live-action NFL football under the Paul Brown Stadium lights tonight. A number of roster spots, and even some starting spots, are up for grabs on this highly talented and competitive roster that Rick Spielman and Mike Zimmer have assembled.

So, with all of that being said, I wanted to take some time before packing up my purple-clad family and heading to Cincinnati and jot down a list of the five things I am hoping to see out of our Vikings tonight.

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Vikings' Depth Chart Begins to Take Shape
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Training Camp for the Minnesota Vikings hasn’t been all that exciting this year. Save for a few one-handed catches from Stefon Diggs and some specular deep shots from Teddy Bridgewater, much remains the same in Mankato. Roster turnover isn’t an issue for the team, free agent acquisitions are performing as advertised, and trust in the organization is at an all-time high.

There’s plenty to be certain about in Minnesota; the strength of the defense, Adrian Peterson’s rushing ability, and Blair Walsh’s renewed confidence. Uncertainty, in a sense, isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The Vikings have so much young talent that difficult depth chart decisions won’t make or break the team’s season.

In Minnesota, the front office isn’t asking, “Who’s our quarterback;” they’re debating the hierarchy of a loaded roster. And no matter the final decision, the result will be a 53-man roster with more potential than any Vikings team since 2009.

This morning during walkthroughs, head coach Mike Zimmer gave the media a sneak preview of the team’s ‘Cincinnati’ depth chart. It’s the first unofficial roster of the 2016 preseason and reveals exactly where the Vikings stand after two weeks in Mankato.

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