Monday, December 18, 2017

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Bucky Hodges on the Rise

Historically, the Minnesota Vikings have lacked a one-two punch at tight end. The last time the Vikings had two tight ends catch more than 30 passes in a season was in 2013, when Kyle Rudolph missed eight games due to injury. That season, Rudolph had 30 catches and John Carlson had 32. Before that, the last occurrence was in 2002, when Jimmy Kleinsasser had 37 receptions and Byron Chamberlain had 34.

Fast forward to 2016. Starting tight end Rudolph enjoyed a breakout season, catching 83 passes for 840 yards and seven touchdowns. But Rhett Ellison, the team’s number two tight end, caught only nine passes.

This offseason, after Ellison signed with the New York Giants, the Vikings attempted to add another weapon to their tight end arsenal. Free agent Jared Cook, known for his downfield pass-catching skills, came to Minnesota for a visit, but he ultimately joined the Oakland Raiders.

Enter rookie Bucky Hodges. The raw-but-talented receiver that plays tight end may be just the player the Vikings have been searching for. Realistically, it’s too early to predict a 30-plus catch season for Hodges in 2017, but if he can make strides developing his technique, the sky is the limit for the 22 year-old.

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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Minnesota Vikings Free Agency

General manager Rick Spielman and the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings have been spending in free agency like there’s No Limit (not really, but anytime we can shoehorn in Master P references, we do it). We run through all the free agency goings on with the Purple People Eaters and pontificate on how the moves affect the draft and the outlook on 2017.

Today’s “Bye, Adrian” Talkers Include:
• Latavius Murray (Finally) Signed
• What Does This Mean For Adrian Peterson and Jerick McKinnon
• Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers are Bookend Tackles (Maybe)
• Vikings Who Are Now Former Vikings
• Adam Thielen Got His Extension
• Terence Newman Back in the Mix
• Datone Jones Brings some DL Depth
• Anthony Barr and Teddy Bridgewater’s 5th Year Options
• Vikings Who Have an Opportunity to Step Up Post FA
• Vikings Cap Space Situation

All that and more “Everyone is on one-year deals if you think about it” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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The Road to 50 — About the Labor: Episode 49

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the Minnesota Vikings’ free-agent signings of Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers, the departures of Cordarrelle Patterson, Matt Kalil, Captain Munnerlyn and Rhett Ellison, key issues that remain up in the air and speculate on what still may be to come on Episode 49 of About the Labor.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • The New Guys: Reviewing free-agent signings of LT Riley Reiff and RT Mike Remmers
  • The Old Guy(s): Brief thoughts on decision to retain OT/OG Jeremiah Sirles
  • The Exodus: Discussing losses of CB Captain Munnerlyn, OT Matt Kalil and WR Cordarrelle Patterson
  • The Future: Overview of RB Eddie Lacy and other free agents that have met with the Vikings
  • The Dream: Speculating on a few potential options that would look good in Purple for the right price
  • The Questions: Examining thoughts from @VikingKing888, @JReidDraftScout and @BrownJayson
  • The End: Final takes, some weird static noises and a Drew Mahowald sign-out

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