Thursday, July 27, 2017

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One year ago Minnesota Vikings players were still unpacking their bags and preparing for morning walkthroughs at Blakeslee Stadium in Mankato. In 2017, however, Mike Zimmer ordered his young and inexperienced troops to report three days early.

“Last year, a lot of the rookies didn’t play as much as they had in the past,” Zimmer told Chad Graff of the Saint Paul Pioneer Press. “I just figured, let’s give these guys every opportunity we possibly can to get them up to speed a little quicker. We want to get them back in here, get them back doing the techniques that we’ve been working on in the spring. Kind of refresh another three days of practice with the terminology. Then when the vets get here, they’ve heard it four or five times now as opposed to just two or three.”

As a result, fans have had the luxury of enjoying an extra three days of Vikings football — and what a three days it has been. While Dalvin Cook, Pat Elflein and the rest of Minnesota’s star-studded rookie class were finding their footing, general manager Rick Spielman has been busy solidifying the future of the organization.

Everson Griffen captured headlines with a massive contract extension, but his new deal wasn’t the only pertinent information disclosed this week. So, before Sam Bradford, Harrison Smith and the rest of the Vikings veteran take the field this afternoon, let’s first catch up on the developments of the past three days.

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Miss Start of Training Camp
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In a move not totally unexpected, Latavius Murray and Sharrif Floyd will miss the start of Minnesota Vikings training camp. This morning, the team placed Murray on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list and Floyd on the Active/Non-Football Injury list.

Joining Murray on the PUP is rookie linebacker Shaan Washington, who is sidelined with a leg injury he suffered during Vikings minicamp.  Murray declared himself healthy upon his arrival to Mankato yesterday, but the PUP designation is one likely out of precaution by Eric Sugarman and team doctors.

As for Floyd, he’s still working back from a potentially career-threatening nerve issue in his knee. When head coach Mike Zimmer spoke to the media yesterday, he told reporters he’s heard Floyd is “improved,” but wouldn’t offer any further insight.

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Welcome to the latest installment of the Vikings Territory Training Camp Primer series focusing on Linval JosephSharrif Floyd and the Minnesota Vikings interior defensive linemen.

UPDATE: The Vikings signed DT Chunky Clements Friday and released DE Caleb Kidder.

As the Vikings open their last training camp in Mankato, they appear at-first-glance to be in pretty good shape along the defensive front. They have one of the best defensive tackles in football and employ a stable of talent for depth. However, there are still important questions to be answered. Like for instance, who is the starter next to Linval Joseph?

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Purple FTW! Podcast: One Last Mankato Party (ep. 382)

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings announced this week that this season’s training camp (the 52nd edition in Mankato) will be the final year at The Crown Jewel of South Central Minnesota. Today on the show, we’ll run through some Mankato memories as well as some Vikings training camp talkers to get you ready for when the Purple descends upon Mankato one last time.

Today’s Talkers Include:
• Vikings Leaving Mankato After 52 Training Camps
• Dalvin Cook to Return Kicks?
• Michael Floyd Suspended 4 Games
• Who’s the Most Irreplaceable Player on the Roster?
• 1 Got To Go: Teddy, Xavier, Danielle, Diggs
• What to Expect Out of 2017 Anthony Barr
• What if Nick Easton is #Good?
• Rookies Reporting Early
• Mankato Plans & Dates
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All that and more “The Crown Jewel of South Central Minnesota” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Episode 83

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the Minnesota Vikings’ move from Mankato to Eagan and preview the defensive line positions ahead of Training Camp. This show was broadcasted live on MixIr on Tuesday, July 18th.

Episode 83 is sponsored by local stand-up comic Brendan Gay — Catch the LIVE recording of his first comedy special at the Joke Joint Comedy Club (Lilydale, Minn.) on August 10th! Use to the promo code “BRENDAN” to get 40% off your ticket on the Joke Joint Comedy Club official website!

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Intro: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Advertising: See Local Comic Brendan Gay Perform LIVE August 10th (2:14)
  3. Mankato Move: Reaction to Vikings’ Shift from Mankato to Eagan (3:00)
  4. Training Camp Preview: Defensive Line (17:30)
  5. Take 5: Favorite Non-Vikings Players (51:00)
  6. Drew’s Final Take: Aaron Rodgers Propaganda (58:25)
  7. Live Commentary: Andre Patterson & Ben Gedeon (1:01:00)
  8. Sign-Out: Grab Your ATL T-Shirt on Amazon NOW! (1:11:32)

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