Friday, May 26, 2017

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

Vikings OTAs: 7 Positions Up For Grabs

The Minnesota Vikings’ organized team activities, or OTAs, began Tuesday. OTAs are offseason training sessions run with the purpose of developing players; or, simply put, practices without tackling. There are no 1-on-1 drills, only team drills.

OTAs can be a good barometer of how the team’s roster is going to shape up come the regular season. Generally, the players who practice together play together. Certainly, there are exceptions.

Lets take a look at several key position battles that will unfold during the Vikings preseason.

Zack Johnson — OG, North Dakota State University

Measurements

Height – 6’4″

Weight – 331 lbs.

Age – 23

At First Glance

Johnson graduated from Eastview High School in 2012 with a destination already set in stone; he’d committed to North Dakota State on October 4, 2011. The 6’3,” 305-pound tackle from St. Paul, Minnesota was named to the Associated Press and Minnesota Coaches Association all-state second team his senior season and arrived in Fargo with plenty of local pedigree.

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Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings have nothing to play for Sunday versus the Chicago Bears, a few statistical milestones aside, but that doesn’t halt our non-sense here at Purple FTW! (nothing every does) as we roll through Episode Tree Fiddy. We talk about why it would be smart to sit Sam Bradford, why the TJ Clemmings experiment needs to end, and take an early look at how the Vikings can rebuild the much maligned offensive line through free agency at the draft before revealing our DREAM 2017 O-Line.

All that and more “Whitworth or Bust” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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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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Minnesota Vikings-Dallas Cowboys

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are heading for a showdown at Historic US Bank Stadium with the NFC leading Dallas Cowboys. The Vikes need to wrassle out an improbable win to help save the season and keep their playoff hopes alive. To help us take a look at the team with an actual offensive line is show favorite Shea in Irving. We chat with Shea about the emergence of rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott and if he’s made peace with The Ginger (Jason Garrett). Our show wraps with a few loose Purple thoughts and a look at key matchups I’m excited about.

All that and more “I’m your Huckleberry” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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