Thursday, July 28, 2016

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On Monday morning, it was announced that longtime Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Phil Loadholt had decided to retire. With his retirement, Loadholt’s spot on the Vikings roster is presumably vacant.

Minnesota now has three openings on their roster before their total number reaches the NFL’s 90-man limit. The Vikings can decide to leave those spots empty before they start training camp later this week, but that would not be any fun would it?

Surprisingly enough, there are still plenty of talented free-agents available that could produce for Minnesota during the 2016 season.

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The Mortiz Boehringer (aka Mortiz Böhringer) story continues as the NFL will allow Borat to rock the umlaut on his uniform this season. He’s still a long-shot to make the roster and the feel-good story is over (Mike Zimmer said so, not me), but he’ll still be a fan favorite in Mankato for training camp. Plus if he makes a few plays, the fans will be like “Öööööööööööööhhhhhhh!”

Töday’s Töpics Include
• Laquön Treadwell is Signed
• Vikings Up tö 90 Men ön the Röster
• Öne Punter tö Watch För tö Cömpete with Jeff Löcke…
• Adrian Petersön Says the Vikings Can “Win Everything”
• AP Removes Cap ön Flööd Dönatiöns
• Keep an Eye ön Jayrön Kearse
• Will the Vikings Carry 2 Quarterbacks in 2016?
• Randy Möss Replaces Cris Carter (Again)
• Super Böwl LII Date Officially Set
• 2 Minutes ön Every Vikings Pösition Gröup (Excerpt from The Andy Luke & Arif Football Machine)

All that and other “Why isn’t Moritz nicknamed “Jager Bomb” yet?” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

VT QOTW

2016 NFL Draft is Finally Here
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The long hiatus from football is finally over, and in a little under five hours, Roger Goodell will take the stage in Chicago to kick off the 2016 NFL Draft. Fans have waited months for this night, when the 32 NFL franchises jostle, negotiate, and maneuver their way through the first round. Trades will be made, teams will reach for players, and picks will shock the football world — it’s just the cyclical nature of the draft.

Some general managers will surprise, but others, like the Minnesota Vikings’ Rick Spielman, will likely make the most of their limited draft picks. Spielman has an opportunity to make a splash — like drafting a top-tier wide receiver — with the 23rd-overall selection, but he also has seven other picks at his disposal.

At Vikings Territory, we’ve focused on the pick he’ll make tonight, not the players Spielman could draft on Friday and Saturday. So today, we’re each looking ahead and picking one player we believe the Vikings will select at some point this weekend.

Who is one player the Vikings will select in the 2016 draft?

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Vikings NFL Draft Sleepers
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Every Sunday during Draft Season, Carl and the team at Vikings Territory release scouting reports on sleeper prospects. They’re players many may not recognize, but should get to know as the 2016 NFL Draft approaches. This time of the year, the biggest names dominate the headlines, but other players taken in the later rounds can often have more of an impact than the top-32 picks.

Players like Danielle Hunter (3rd-round) and Stefon Diggs (5th-round) were more important to the Minnesota Vikings in 2015 than Trae Waynes, the team’s 11th-overall selection. Each made significant contributions on defense and offense, while Waynes was relegated to a role as the punt team’s gunner. He played well in spot duty, especially against the Seattle Seahawks, but to say he outperformed his teammates would be lying.

Sometimes, it’s the players we least expect who have the most immediate success in the NFL. That’s why I’ve asked the team here to name their favorite under-the-radar prospects; the players they love that no one’s talking about.

Who is one draft prospect you love that no one is talking about?

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