Monday, August 29, 2016

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It’s no real surprise that a triple-option quarterback from Georgia Southern has been overshadowed in his first two seasons in the NFL by future Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson. Last season, Jerick McKinnon was limited to just 73 touches for the Minnesota Vikings as Peterson went on to win his third career rushing title while toting the rock a league leading 327 times. Peterson is ninth all-time in rushing touchdowns (97) and 17th all-time in rushing yards (11,675) and his quest to climb the NFL leader board could fleece more snaps away from McKinnon again this season.

It’s true McKinnon’s opportunities were slighted in 2015, yet the 5’9” 205 pound speedster was anything but lost in the shadows of an icon. A lack of playing time hasn’t stopped McKinnon from flashing his unbelievable athletic ability. For a smaller running back known for his breakaway speed, McKinnon has shown some surprising power as well. He is recognized as a freak in the weight room who can bench press twice his weight and squat three times his weight. His incredible work ethic is beginning to translating to the gridiron as he continues to develop strength as a pass blocker and improved power as a runner.

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Minnesota Vikings Bengals

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings got their first free skate of the year out of the way Friday night in Cincinnati getting a win 17-16. There was some good, bad, and ugly to go around and we talk about it all in tonight’s recap as we also get in some preseason reps. Also order Purple FTW! SWAG here!

Preseason Feeling Talking Points Include:
• The “Teddy Can’t Throw the Deep Ball” Party is OVER
• Trae Waynes is Your Starting LCB
• 1st Team Offensive Line is Still a Concern
• John Sullivan is Not the Same Player. Accept That.
• We Don’t Really Know about the 1st Team Defense
• Who’s Going to Start at Safety?
• Laquon Treadwell Update (UPDATE)
• JAYRON
• Kentrell Brothers is Going to Be Good
• CJ Ham is an NFL RB
• The Backup QB Situation is _____…..
• Two Minute Drill

All that and other “On to Seattle” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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    Photo courtesy of Chris Price.

    Training camp is an intense grind day in and day out, for all who are involved. What the practice highlights don’t show you is the mass of people who are a part of the machine that produces an NFL product every Sunday.

    The modern day NFL, however, is a 24/7 job for so many others who are a part of the Vikings organization, including Viking Territory’s good friend Lindsey Young. You wouldn’t have to spend much time hanging around these parts to bump in Young’s work.

    For more than two years, Young brought a unique perspective to your day-to-day Vikings coverage and explored the personal stories tied to the team. Her work became so well known and respected, it caught the attention of the Vikings themselves, and she departed Vikings Territory to become the first female writer in Vikings history.

    After a little less than a year with the organization, I thought it would be fun to highlight Young’s transition to the NFL. After sharing so many stories with us, it might be nice to hear hers.

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    Minnesota Vikings 53 Man Roster
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    The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings begin their two days of practice with the Cincinnati Bengals before Friday’s first preseason game in Southern Ohio (but really Northern Kentucky). Mankato Training Camp is in the rear view mirror. Impressions were made, but still plenty of time for jobs to be won or lost. But that won’t stop us from recklessly speculating who will (Teddy Bridgewater) and who won’t (Antone Exum) be in Purple to start the 2016 season.

    Follow along with our 53-man roster projection on the Google Doc.

    All that and other “I MADE THE ROOSTER!” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

    An Andy Carlson Joint

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    Minnesota Vikings Mankato Training Camp Stefon Diggs
    Photo Courtesy of Luke Inman

    My time at Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings Training Camp has concluded. I enjoyed my time watching the team in the Crown Jewel of South Central Minnesota. Everyone loved Ribfest, but it’s time to get serious about some football. Here’s 14 observations from Mankato.

    Today’s Topics Include
    • How’s Teddy Look?
    • Everson Griffen Might Be a Top-5 Edge Player
    • I Don’t Know About Xavier Rhodes – Elite or Just a Guy
    • Adrian Peterson Is Ready to Go
    • MyCole Pruitt & David Morgan II Look to Be Big Factors
    • I Believe in Matt Kalil 2016
    • Sully/Berger Will Be a Matchup to Watch
    • Charles Johnson is Going to Start. Deal with It
    • Laquon Treadwell is Not Going to Start. Deal with It
    • Stefon Diggs is Disgusting
    • Trae Waynes is Massively Improved
    • I Think the Vikings Keep 4 Safeties
    • Blair Walsh and Jeff Locke Update
    • BONUS: Moritz Jerome Boehringer Is…

    All that and other “Damn You, Ribfest” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

    An Andy Carlson Joint

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