Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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Vikings Territory content maker Drew Mahowald recaps the preseason and delivers the fifth Skol Scale reading of 2017 and shares his thoughts on the Vikings Week 1 victory over the Saints.

The Minnesota Vikings have been labeled as one of the biggest wild cards in the NFL entering the 2017 season. The 2016 season brought anomaly after anomaly and never allowed for a fair evaluation of the team.

Most semi-knowledgeable football fans can recognize the greatness on the Minnesota defense. Legitimate Pro-Bowl talent on all three levels of the defense. But the concern this offseason and throughout the preseason has been the offense. How will the brand new offensive line perform? Will a running game of any kind exist or will this offense be one-dimensional again? Can the Vikings still win if the offense performs at the same level as last season?

We got some answers to those questions Monday night, though they are temporary answers. The offensive line stepped up tremendously, especially in pass protection, to provide polarizing quarterback Sam Bradford time to pick apart a lackluster New Orleans secondary. Rookie tailback Dalvin Cook snapped Adrian Peterson’s rookie debut franchise record with Peterson watching from the other sideline. And that last question? Well, for now, the answer is N/A.

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The Vikings turned heads over the weekend by cutting one of their highest-rated offensive linemen of 2016. Alex Boone, who signed a four-year deal with the Vikings last March, was released by the team after just one season in Minnesota.

According to multiple reports, Boone refused a pay cut as the Vikings trimmed their roster to 53 players. The team then attempted to trade Boone before waiving him. There were reportedly multiple reasons why the team parted ways with the veteran, but the one-year stop raises questions as to whether the team did its due diligence before signing Boone to a long-term deal.

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Wow, what a fun day! Lots of action. With roster cuts already in progress, here’s a last-minute Vikings 53-man roster projection, which includes Friday’s trade for cornerback Tramaine Brock:

  • Sam Bradford
  • Case Keenum
  • Teddy Bridgewater (PUP)

The Vikings rolled with two quarterbacks last year and I don’t see that changing this year. Taylor Heinicke is practice squad eligible and I don’t see teams lining up to snag him off waivers. Plus, there’s always Mitch Leidner.

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Episode 92

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald finish up their Minnesota Vikings training camp discussion by talking about the defensive side of the football in Mankato, Linval Joseph’s contract and the trend the team has set, review the first unofficial depth chart and finally look forward to the preseason with some tidbits on the Buffalo Bills.

Recorded LIVE on MixIr on August 8th.

Episode 92 is sponsored by Blackstack Brewing, The Twin Cities Directory and stand-up comedian Brendan Gay.


  1. Intro: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Sponsor Note: BlackStack Brewing & The Twin Cities Directory (1:18)
  3. Joseph Extended: Contract Details & Rob Brzezinski’s Extension Model (2:00)
  4. Murray and Reiff Return: Reaction and What it Means (11:55)
  5. Sponsor Note: Comedian Brendan Gay (22:45)
  6. Unofficial Depth Chart: Takeaways (23:30)
  7. Training Camp Review: Defense (35:10)
  8. Game Preview: Buffalo Bills (1:01:10)
  9. Sign-Out: Regular YouTube Reaction/Analysis Videos Coming! (1:07:09)

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A Baker's Dozen Thoughts from the Vikings Night Practice [PODCAST] - 1500 ESPN Twin Cities

The final edition of the Minnesota Vikings famous Saturday Night Training Camp Practice from Mankato is in the books. We take the time to comb through a handful of pressing topics from the practice and the week leading up, including stories from our shows at Boulder Tap House and a few from the Mankato night life. #Ribfest

Today’s Talkers Include
• Stefon Diggs is Ready for Primetime
• Sam Bradford’s Accuracy is Still His Hallmark
• Dalvin Cook & Jerick McKinnon Will Be a Dynamic Duo
• Who Knew Rashod Hill’s Health Would Be Paramount
• Ben Gedeon is Legit
• Xavier Rhodes is NOT a Practice Player
• The Vikings Need a Big Year from Trae Waynes
• Rodney Adams is Back in the Derby
• Anthony Barr is Back
• Teddy is Still a Fan Favorite
• Why I’m in on Isaac Fruechte
• Big Linval’s Contract Extension

All that and more “Goodbye, Mankato” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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