Sunday, November 19, 2017

Lindsey Young

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Michael Floyd's Coming Home and Stuff with Darren Wolfson & Lindsey Young (ep. 372) - Minnesota Vikings - 1500 ESPN

Minnesota native Michael Floyd was officially brought back home by the Vikings on Wednesday. We touched on what that means for the team and the wide receiver depth chart (in-depth in our YouTube video below). Plus we have great macro Vikings chats with our friends Darren “Doogie” Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) of KSTP Sports/1500 ESPN and Lindsey Young (@LindseyMNSports) of Vikings.com.

[Note: Both interview were recorded before the Floyd signing was official. But speculation on fit in 2017 still applicable]

All that and more “Step It Up, Treadwell” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

A Carlson Digital Joint

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Here we are, finally and officially having reached the NFL offseason. Let’s take a moment to watch the above video, Xavier Rhodes mic’d up in the Pro Bowl, before moving on to a revival of the ol’ links of the week post. One takeaway on the Rhodes video: he certainly has the temperament of a top-flight cornerback, so we have that going for us. The segment is worth watching just to see him shoot the breeze with some of the best receivers in the game, like Odell Beckham and Dez Bryant.

Now, let’s see what’s happening in the rest of Vikings land.

  • Matt Vensel wrote a quick blog examining what it would take for the Vikings to move back into the first round of the Draft. He uses the 29th pick as a hypothetical target, because the end of the round is the most attainable and realistic scenario. Basically, Vensel says it’s possible the Vikings could use their second- and third-round picks to get back into round one, which doesn’t sound too bad, considering they possess two third- and fourth-rounders. So under this hypothetical, they could end up with a late first, one third, one fourth, and so on. Chances are they’d have to throw in a late rounder to sweeten the pot, but I don’t think anyone would complain.

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    Photo courtesy of Chris Price.

    Training camp is an intense grind day in and day out, for all who are involved. What the practice highlights don’t show you is the mass of people who are a part of the machine that produces an NFL product every Sunday.

    The modern day NFL, however, is a 24/7 job for so many others who are a part of the Vikings organization, including Viking Territory’s good friend Lindsey Young. You wouldn’t have to spend much time hanging around these parts to bump in Young’s work.

    For more than two years, Young brought a unique perspective to your day-to-day Vikings coverage and explored the personal stories tied to the team. Her work became so well known and respected, it caught the attention of the Vikings themselves, and she departed Vikings Territory to become the first female writer in Vikings history.

    After a little less than a year with the organization, I thought it would be fun to highlight Young’s transition to the NFL. After sharing so many stories with us, it might be nice to hear hers.

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    Sam Neumann

    When the Minnesota Vikings stole Lindsey Young away from us by offering her, you know, money… we thought we might have to just call it quits, turn off the lights, and lock the doors behind us.

    We didn’t, though, and as of today I’m happy to let you all know that we are officially back up to full strength.

    Please join me in welcoming Sam Neumann to the family here at Vikings Territory and learn more about our free agent acquisition after the jump.

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    (photo credit: Joe Lemke)

    I can’t believe this is my 188th post for Vikings Territory.

    As some of you may already know per my Twitter post this morning, I have officially accepted a full-time position with the Minnesota Vikings as an assistant editor/staff writer, and I will be starting with them on Dec. 14. I’m so grateful for the many people who have mentored me and supported my goal of being a writer, and the fact that I’ll soon be starting a position with my hometown team is nothing short of a dream come true!

    That said, this site has played a large part in my story, and it’s certainly bittersweet to step away from the VT team and the great group of contributors (as well as readers!) I’ve gotten to know in my time here. Just over two years ago, I interviewed former Vikings wide receiver Jake Reed, was looking for a solid platform on which to post the feature story, and Adam W. graciously hosted me as a guest writer. Adam brought me on permanently just a few months later, and the rest is history.

    Each and every one of my VT colleagues is a classy and talented individual, and it’s been such a pleasure to work with all of them. Because I’m the sentimental type, I absolutely have to offer my thanks.

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