Monday, September 25, 2017

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Surprise Vikings fans! Teddy Bridgewater tosses today during Vikings OTAs.

There was a bit of a surprise on the first day of Vikings OTAs. Only nine months after suffering a potentially career-ending injury, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater returned to the field. The team posted a video of Bridgewater throwing this afternoon:

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Friday’s ICYMI: Bud Grant turns 90, your easy-to-reference guide on the 2017 Vikings rookies and their paths to the purple the gold.

VT’s “In Case You Missed It” intends to funnel every news report, the most general of informational notes and a handful of the best analysis articles pertaining to the Minnesota Vikings into one all-encompassing write-up. If you don’t have the time to follow the Purple and Gold as much as you may like, allow Vikings Territory to do the dirty work for you with our catch-all Vikings recap of everything you may have missed.

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Purple FTW! Podcast: NOW That's What I Call Vikings! Volume 373! (ep. 373) - Minnesota Vikings - 1500 ESPN

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings showed off their plans for the new Eagan headquarters to the media this week. What does this mean for the future of training camp in Mankato? We dive into that as well as some chart topping Purple topics. [SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL!]

Today’s Talkers Include:
• The New Vikings Facility Looks PIMP
• Training Camp Leaving Mankato Sucks
• Michael Floyd House Arrest Update UPDATE
• Why I Believe in Rodney Adams (USF Video We Referenced)
• Signed Tryout Freddie Tagaloa, Cut BJ DuBose
• Signed Will Sutton, Cut Toby Johnson
• BOLD PREDICTION: Danielle Hunter Will Lead the NFL in Sacks in 2017
• What Is Kyle Rudolph’s Future in Purple?
All that and more “I Miss CDs” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph had his best season as a pro last year, but that didn’t stop the team from adding another weapon in the sixth round of the NFL Draft. After trading with the Washington Redskins, the Vikings used pick No. 201 on Bucky Hodges, an athletic tight end out of Virginia Tech.

Hodges was the third-highest rated player left on VT’s consensus board (87) and a free-faller in this year’s class of premium tight ends. Why? Well, it wasn’t his measureables. The former quarterback led tight ends in the vertical jump (39 inches) and the broad jump (11’2″) at ths year’s scouting combine. The 6’6,” 257-pound Hokie also ran a 4.57-second 40-yard dash and used that athleticism to score 20 touchdowns over the last three seasons.

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Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman is a restless man during the NFL Draft. When he’s not on the clock, he’s frantically making calls with other teams to improve Minnesota’s draft position. He has operated that way since he took over full reigns as general manager in 2012.

In his first three NFL Drafts, Spielman either moved Minnesota’s place in the draft or added a selection in the first round. He swooped an extra couple of picks from Cleveland in 2012 to move down one spot and was still able to get the guy he wanted in Matt Kalil. In 2013, Spielman selected three times in the first round, making trades with Seattle (before the draft) and New England to acquire picks that turned into Sharrif Floyd, Xavier Rhodes and Cordarrelle Patterson.

Spielman then pulled the trigger on a trade that moved the Vikings back into the last slot of the first round in 2014 to select Teddy Bridgewater.

“Slick Rick” didn’t make any such moves in the previous two drafts, but his track record indicates that type of maneuver is on his mind a week before the draft. It’s important to keep in mind that Spielman would likely need to give up the 48th overall pick and the 79th overall pick to move up into the bottom of the first. Depending on the prospects available, it might require more than that.

With all of this in mind, the question must be asked: If Spielman does pull the trigger on a trade into the first round, which prospects should he target?

The fundamental answer is easy: trade up for a guy with top-tier first round talent who has slipped through the cracks. Several candidates fit that bill in this year’s draft class.

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