Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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Image courtesy of Vikings.com
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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Episode 71 — Featuring Chris Kluwe

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald welcome former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe to discuss the intricacies of the position and determine how fans should best evaluate performance without being privy to the situational coaching assignment. The trio also discusses the most dangerous punt returners of this generation, punter mentality and persona as well as the “price” Kluwe made former quarterback Donovan McNabb pay to don his No. 5 jersey in 2011.


  1. Intro: Former Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe Joins the Show (0:00-7:22)
  2. Nightmare Punt Returners: Devin Hester & Reggie Bush (7:23-9:27)
  3. Post-Punt Defense: Last Man to Beat (9:28-13:21)
  4. The Greatest: Kick Return vs. Punt Return (13:22-17:53)
  5. Pre-Punt Preparation: Neutralizing Danger (17:54-21:48)
  6. Punter Flops: How to Sell It (21:49-25:47)
  7. Evaluating Punters: Taylor Symmank vs. Ryan Quigley (25:48-33:41)
  8. Jeff Locke Review: Influence of Pressure, Situation & Coaching Style (33:42-41:04)
  9. Number Change: Donovan McNabb’s Payment Plan (41:05-45:00)
  10. Punter Persona: Not Taking Yourself Too Seriously (45:01-47:17)
  11. Special Teams Weapons: Johnny Hekker and Co. (47:18-51:54
  12. Sign-Out: Twilight of the Gods & Tripping Icarus (51:55-55:26)

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VT Roundtable - Episode 004 Teddy vs Sam
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This week’s episode of the VT Roundtable hits on all the important offseason topics: Boneless vs. bone-in wings, the value of Pro Football Focus, and, of course, Teddy vs. Sam. Vikings Twitter rages on around these age-old questions, and today, we hope to provide a few answers.

Amidst the serious discussion, there were bandanas, eye black, and increasingly difficult cast-off votes. This week’s edition features the familiar VT faces you know and love, plus, a couple of new additions to the show. Be sure to check it out after the jump and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more Vikings videos.

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Back in early February, Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee announced his retirement from the NFL in order to join Barstool Sports. This set off a chain of events, which ultimately left the Minnesota Vikings without a punter following Jeff Locke’s decision to join the Colts during free agency.

Locke bolting for Indianapolis left the Vikings without a battle-tested punter on their active roster  — until now. According to the team website, Minnesota has agreed to terms with former New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals punter Ryan Quigley:

The Road to 50 — About the Labor: Episode 50 (!!!!!)

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the Minnesota Vikings’ signings of Latavius Murray and Datone Jones, re-signing Adam Thielen and Terence Newman, the team’s six remaining internal free agents, the departures of Jeff Locke, Cordarrelle Patterson and Andre Smith and plenty more on Episode 50 (!) of About the Labor.


  • The New Guys: Reviewing free-agent signings of EDGE Datone Jones and RB Latavius Murray
  • The Old Guys: Discussing the re-upped contracts of WR Adam Thielen and CB Terence Newman
  • The Exodus: Thoughts on the departures of P Jeff Locke, WR Cordarrelle Patterson and OT Andre Smith
  • The Other Stuff: Hashing over the Minnesota Vikings’ six remaining internal free agents