Friday, February 24, 2017

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About the Labor: A Minnesota Vikings Podcast — Episode 38

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald review the Minnesota Vikings’ 2016 special teams performance and take a look at what might be to come in the future.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Remembering Blair Walsh
  • How good was Kai Forbath?
  • Jeff Locke’s impressive season
  • Marcus “cockroach” Sherels becoming one of the best punt returners in the league
  • Who returns kicks if Cordarrelle Patterson leaves?

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The Minnesota Vikings will face off against the Jacksonville Jaguars without one of their best, Harrison Smith.

Harrison Smith Cowboys Color Rush
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There are no major surprises this week on the Vikings inactives for their game in Jacksonville against the Jaguars.

Though it was anticipated Marcus Sherels would suit up for today’s game, thus spawning this excellent article by Austin Belisle, the homegrown punt return specialist will miss his fourth game of the last five weeks.

Harrison Smith, who is dealing with a left ankle injury, will also miss today’s game. His spot will be filled by Anthony Harris who will be making his first start of the season.

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A Welcome Return for Marcus Sherels
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Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs are fine football players, but they’re no Marcus Sherels. And that’s an odd thing to say, as Sherels is a player who seemingly lives on the Minnesota Vikings’ roster bubble each year. But in the context of punt returns, Sherels’ abilities are unmatched.

He’s been with the Vikings since 2010, and in that time, has returned 165 punts for 1,734 yards and five touchdowns, good for 10.5 yards per return. Despite the annual doubts surrounding Sherels’ place on Minnesota’s roster, he’s earned the trust of special teams coordinator Mike Priefer and thus, the endorsement of the team.

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It is now or never for the Minnesota Vikings and their 2016 playoff chances. Every remaining game this season is a must-win for the Vikings, even this Sunday against the 2-10 Jacksonville Jaguars.

At first glance, this seems like an easy win for Minnesota as the Jaguars have not won a game since Week 6. But this is the Vikings we are talking about and anyone who has spent more than a second rooting for this team knows that almost anything is capable of happening when Minnesota takes the field.

Besides preventing head coach Mike Zimmer from tearing his other eye out this weekend, there are a few things that the Vikings should emphasize in order to ensure a better outcome than what Hillary Clinton had in the state of Florida back in November.

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Two Cornerbacks Out as Vikings Take on Redskins
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The revolving door that is the Minnesota’s Vikings’ inactive list continues to swing. Last week, it was Eric Kendricks and Alex Boone on the sidelines for the Vikings. And this week, two more starters take their place.

As announced on the team’s official website, both Captain Munnerlyn and Marcus Sherels are out for today’s game against the Washington Redskins. Munnerlyn hurt his ankle in Minnesota’s Week 10 loss, as did Sherels. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs are capable of returning punts, while Terence Newman and Mackensie Alexander can slide into the Nickel corner spot if need be.

The rest of the team’s inactive players include:

  • QB Taylor Heinicke
  • WR Laquon Treadwell
  • CB Captain Munnerlyn
  • CB Marcus Sherels
  • G Willie Beavers
  • C Zac Kerin
  • DT Sharrif Floyd

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