Saturday, September 5, 2015

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The 2015 Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings preseason is in the books and now we are only 10 long days away from actually FOOTBALL football when the boys in Purple head out to Santa Clara to take on the San Francisco Shells of Their Former Selves next Monday night.

Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) stops in for his weekly spot to touch on the upcoming season, who’s in/out for the final 53 man roster, and we make fun of RG3.

Other “We’re Lucky We Got Kalil Instead of RG3” Talkers Include
• Andy The Yellow
• New Rating System – The #AndySnorkel Rating
• Minnesota State Fair Food PFF Ratings
• The Washington Dumpster Fire
• What has Arif done for a scoop?
• Will RG3 get cut?
• Brady Free. What does this mean for Goodell?
• Movement on the 53 Man Roster projections? (Spoiler: Nah)
• Tyrus Thompson vs David Yankey at backup LT
• Dominique Williams vs Matt Asiata
• Fullback or Taylor Heinicke on the 53???
• Will Matt Kalil & Mike Harris’ decent preseason play translate?
• Arif: Bad signs in Clemmings play
• Robert Blanton is Denny’s… I explain why
• Heinicke love & analysis
• What to expect from Adrian Peterson
ESPN Top 100 Rankings. ONLY ONE VIKING? Who got snubbed?
• Adrian is #11. Too high?
• 2015 Season W/L Predictions Week-By-Week
• Weekly Hypothetical – NFL Players as Presidential Candidates – Who Be Who?
• Donald Trump is Cordarrelle/RG3
• Visit our new sponsor Victiv for Daily Fantasy Sports!
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All that and other “See You In Santa Clara!” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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[Editor’s Note: As you all know, it’s important to us at Vikings Territory to provide a platform for voices other than ours to be heard through Guest Posts. This time around, we’re welcoming Adam Patrick, who currently writes about the Vikings at Pro Football Spot. You can follow Adam on Twitter at @Str8_Cash_Homey, and make sure to be on the lookout for more of his work!]

At 12:45 am on Monday July 7, 2014, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson was pulled over by police on Bush Lake Road in Bloomington, Minnesota. During the traffic stop, Simpson was given citations for possession of marijuana, violating the guidelines for driving on a limited license, and for driving while in possession of an open bottle of alcohol.

A few months later, on September 18, Simpson was informed that his services were no longer needed by the Vikings as the team had decided to release him. With Simpson’s release, Minnesota now had an open spot on its roster.

Before he landed with the Vikings in 2014, Minnesota’s offensive coordinator Norv Turner had spent the previous season running the offense for the Cleveland Browns. When Simpson’s release created an opening on the Vikings roster, Turner had a very good idea of who the team should consider bringing into Minnesota to fill that spot.

At the time of Simpson’s release, Charles Johnson was a young wide receiver awaiting his call up to the big leagues as a member of the Browns practice squad. Turner and his son, current Vikings quarterback coach Scott Turner, had developed an admiration for Johnson when they were all in Cleveland in 2013.

The Vikings and head coach Mike Zimmer had faith in the Turner’s recommendation of Johnson and decided to offer the young receiver a contract. Despite the Browns still wanting to keep Johnson in Cleveland, the opportunity to work with the Turners ultimately became the determining factor in Johnson’s decision to sign with Minnesota.

Signing with the Vikings was Johnson’s latest step in his long journey to the NFL. A journey that began almost 11 hours away from his current employer in Minnesota.

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The Minnesota Fighting Vikings have one (ONE!) freaking preseason game left before the 2015 Season of Believin’ kicks off two Monday nights from now in Santa Clara (and hopefully ends there too).

Di Murphy (@DiMurphyMN) stops by to talk some Purple talking points, gust about Danielle Hunter, and play a lil Ya or Nah.

Other “One More Free Skate Til Showtime” Talkers Include
• Vikings down to 75. Were at 78 for Monday’s show
• ♫ Bye Bye Little Mike Kafka ♫
• The Taylor Heinicke Show premieres Thursday
• Di Murphy – How’s school?
• Cordarrelle gets repieve from the Governor
• Teddy to Wallace & CJ
• Danielle Hunter finally made a splash
• I don’t get the Trae Waynes over analysis.
• Dominique Williams or Matt Asiata
• Mike Mauti is done
• The #Vikings are #23 on ESPN’s Football Power Index. Good.
• Sports reporting should be more than just reciting PFF ratings
• Hodges, Barr, Greeway, Kendricks – LET’S GO
• What’s up with Blair Walsh?
• Tennessee Titans: What are you excited to see?
• DAVID COBB IS GONNA BE REALLY GOOD
• Game Time: Ya or Nah? – 53 Man Roster Edition
• Shoutout to Master Tesfatsion heading to the Washington Post
• LOL RG3. Although I kinda feel bad for him.
• I Love/Hate Fantasy Football
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All that and other “Watch Your Back, Teddy” on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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The Minnesota Fighting Vikings prevailed 28-14 Saturday night in Dallas. The team also trimmed 11 names from their roster as the 75-man deadline looms on Tuesday afternoon. We recap the talkers from the game, who got cut (who should still be cut), and if you should feel bad for the Packers’ injury woes.

Other “8-0 in the preseason and a Dollar will get you a cup of coffee” Talkers Include
• Zimmer goes 8 in a row for Mike Yeo
• 11 Vikings cut. Banyard is the most surprising to me.
• Who are the other 3 possible cuts to get to 75?
• Roster trimming schedule
• WTF, Blair Walsh?
• Why not have the kicker & punter be the same guy?
• Teddy To Wallace. Finally
• Taylor Heinicke Love
• Cordarrelle is NOT Back
• Time to trade CP?
• Secondary Hot Takes
• Xavier Rhodes is becoming a corner you don’t throw at
• The Four Linebackers of the Apocalypse
• 2nd Team Vikings Defensive Line vs Cowboys 1st Team O-Line
• Tom Johnson Appreciation
• The Run Game is Worrysome?
• Why Isn’t Zach Zenner a Viking?
• Green Bay Injuries
• Jordy Nelson is underrated because he’s white
• At Tennessee Thursday night to round out the Preseason
• Visit our new sponsor Victiv for Daily Fantasy Sports!
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All that and other “Kendricks & Barr in the Nickel is unfair” on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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And much, more more

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The rhetoric around quarterbacks, especially young quarterbacks, is that they need to make every “NFL throw.” From the 10-yard out to the end zone fade, a quarterback in today’s league has to be able to “thread the needle” and hit their target with near-perfect accuracy. Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater understands this — he’s aiming to complete more than 70 percent of his passes this season.

If Saturday’s preseason game against the Cowboys was any indication, Bridgewater is well on his way to exceeding his lofty goal. He was 7-of-7 passing for 76 yards, and despite his “struggles” throwing deep, connected with Mike Wallace for a beautiful 39-yard reception down the right sideline. It was the duo’s first “wow” play of the preseason, and an overdue step in the right direction for the Vikings’ deep threat receiver.

For Bridgewater, it was a proverbial “hush” to those who doubted his ability to throw the ball deep. And for head coach Mike Zimmer, it was just one of Bridgewater’s impressive plays from the night:

“It was a great throw,” Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer said. “It’s important for us, I know everybody wants to see Wallace get a bunch of deep throws and so do I, but it’s important for us to go through our progressions and make the reads, make the correct throws. That’s why his completion percentage was 100 percent, because he continues to do those things. It’s not always about throwing the ball to one guy. It’s about making the reads, making the correct throws and taking a 4-yard gain as opposed to throwing incompletions.”

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