Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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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.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • 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

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Our next installment of our Vikings Free Agency Primer series: The Defensive Ends

At first glance, defensive end is the least of the Vikings’ concerns heading into 2017. Everson Griffen, Danielle Hunter, and Brian Robison are all under contract through next season, and the team’s only unrestricted free agent at the position—Justin Trattou—can likely be signed for the veteran’s minimum or replaced by another bargain player (Trattou appeared in all 16 games last season, but did not record a tackle).

The other Viking who could be a factor at defensive end is Stephen Weatherly. Weatherly appeared in just two games as a rookie, and it’s difficult to gauge if/how he’ll factor into the conversation in 2017.

From the outset, the Vikings look set at end; the rotation is comprised of three of the better players not just on the defense, but the entire team. But at closer examination, Robison’s contract and age, plus the emergence of Hunter, raise the question of whether the team will make a move to clear cap space and move the third-year phenom into the starting lineup.

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings officially opened US Bank Stadium with an impressive showing over the San Diego Super Chargers. Teddy Bridgewater put a lot of people’s minds at ease as he performed well in what looks to be his final preseason action before the 2016 regular season. We talk about him and some of the other headlines to come out of US Bank Stadium officially (kinda) being open for business.

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Today’s Talkers Include:
• All the Teddy Haters Can Kick Rocks
• US Bank Stadium, I Love You
• Who Starts At Center?
• TJ Clemmings at Left Tackle
• Kyle. Rudolph.
• Stefon Diggs is Ready to Go
• The Treadwell 2-Point Conversion is What We Got Him For
• The Run Defense Legit Scares Me
• Jusitin Trattou Appreciation
• When Do We Start Worrying About Eric Kendricks?
• Trae Waynes and Xavier Rhodes
• Ballhawking Secondary One Time?
• Safety Picture Still Unclear
• My 14 Cuts to Get to 75

All that and other “$8.25 for half a slice of pizza?” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

Vikings sign free agent defensive end Justin Trattou

The Minnesota Vikings have one of the youngest, most sustainable rosters in the entire NFL. It’s a group of players that helped the Vikings finish 11-5 and atop the NFC North for the first time since 2009. When a team is built to last, such as Rick Spielman’s in Minnesota, it’s hard to argue blowing that team up through free agency.

Spielman’s most recent moves — signing Alex Boone and building depth at linebacker — signal his efforts to retain core contributors and fill necessary holes only when necessary. That’s why today’s announcement from veteran defensive end Justin Trattou comes as no surprise; he’s returning to the team on a one-year deal.

Trattou shared via Instagram that he’s “excited and proud” to “pick up” where the Vikings left off last year and told Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press that the Vikings are the “best young team in the NFL.”

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(photo courtesy of Vikings.com)
Vikings Injury Report
NamePositionInjuryWed.Thur.Fri. Status
Floyd, SharrifDTKnee/ankleDNPDNPDNPOUT
Trattou, JustinDEFootDNPDNPDNPOUT
Asiata, MattRBRibLimitedLimitedFullProbable
Clemmings, T.J.TKneeLimitedLimitedFullProbable
Griffen, EversonDEIllnessDNPFullFullProbable
Johnson, CharlesWRRibFullFullFullProbable
Munnerlyn, CaptainCBThumb_____FullFullProbable
Newman, TerenceCBAnkleLimitedLimitedFullProbable
Peterson, AdrianRB FingerLimitedLimitedFullProbable
Wright, JariusWRHandFullFullFullProbable

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