Thursday, August 17, 2017

Matt Kalil

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Riley Reiff Trumps Matt Kalil
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

The Matt Kalil project is done. It’s time for the reign of Riley Reiff.

Matt Kalil is no longer a member of the Minnesota Vikings. He’s a Carolina Panther. It still hasn’t sunk in for me yet. Probably because he missed almost all of last year with a hip injury. Looking back, the fourth overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft really only had one great season in Minnesota — his first. The past few seasons, a growing number of Vikings fans labeled Kalil as an overpaid, average lineman with an attitude problem.

Kalil simply wasn’t the left tackle the Vikings needed him to be. The team confirmed such when they replaced him this offseason with another 2012 first-round pick, Riley Reiff, who will now anchor the left side of Minnesota’s offensive line.

Image courtesy of Vikings.com
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Vikings Training Camp Preview

In just 11 days, the Minnesota Vikings open training camp on the Minnesota State, Mankato campus. Rookie practices begin on Monday, July 24th and full team practices start Thursday, July 27th.

As usual, this time of year has brought optimism to the Vikings and their fans. But this year, things seem different. There’s good reason to be excited, as the offseason resulted in refreshing roster replacements, an influx of young talent, and a promising outlook on lovable quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

To recap the offseason moves, Minnesota added free agents Latavius Murray, Riley Reiff, Datone Jones, Michael Floyd, and Mike Remmers.

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Vikings strength and conditioning coach
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Vikings Once Again Searching For Strength and Conditioning Coach

According to Field Yates’ Twitter feed, Minnesota Vikings strength and conditioning coach Brent Salazar has left the team and has taken a position with the USTA. The United States Tennis Association is where Salazar wanted to be in light of his tennis background, as he played tennis in college at New Mexico.

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Zimmer

Mike Zimmer met with reporters for an hour Wednesday, touching on a number of topics, but one that stood out was an offhand comment about the analytics website Pro Football Focus. Zimmer can be guarded in his answers at times, but is candid when he wants to be, and much of what was he said Wednesday fell on the side of the latter, including his assessment of PFF after a question about Jeremiah Sirles:

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Purple FTW! - Remix to Position by Position Evaluations (ep. 364)

PurpThe first few waves of free agency have washed ashore some new faces and taken some old out with the tide. Before the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings Warship sets sail for the NFL Draft, let’s take stock of the the current roster and rule if General Manager Rick Spielman has improved each position groups or still has a need for the April Volunteering of NFL Tributes.

Today’s Upgraded Talkers Include:
• Position-by-Position Evaluations.
• Ranking Positional Needs Heading Into the Draft
• Why Y’all Should Calm Down About Latavius Murray’s Ankle Surgery.
• It’s Sink or Swim Time for Mackensie Alexander in 2017.
• Hall of Fame Odds Are Out. Where Does Randy Moss Stack Up?
• Sam Bradford Has Leverage.
• Why I Root for Teddy Bridgewater.

All that and more “No One Uses a Fullback Anymore” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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