Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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Vikings Bookends Need To Stay Off The Shelf

Under head coach Mike Zimmer, the Minnesota Vikings have quietly become one of the best NFL teams on paper. In reality, the defense is legitimate. Last season the Vikings ranked third in the NFL in total defense.

Today, three of the team’s best defenders are the beneficiaries of contract extensions, making them Vikings for life. Furthermore, the Vikings offense, which sputtered last season, now has the personnel to establish a refreshing new identity, post Adrian Peterson.

So, what could keep this ‘great’ team from reaching the playoffs and making a run at Super Bowl 52 in their home state? The Vikings’ Achilles heel…the offensive line.

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Episode 92

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald finish up their Minnesota Vikings training camp discussion by talking about the defensive side of the football in Mankato, Linval Joseph’s contract and the trend the team has set, review the first unofficial depth chart and finally look forward to the preseason with some tidbits on the Buffalo Bills.

Recorded LIVE on MixIr on August 8th.

Episode 92 is sponsored by Blackstack Brewing, The Twin Cities Directory and stand-up comedian Brendan Gay.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Intro: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Sponsor Note: BlackStack Brewing & The Twin Cities Directory (1:18)
  3. Joseph Extended: Contract Details & Rob Brzezinski’s Extension Model (2:00)
  4. Murray and Reiff Return: Reaction and What it Means (11:55)
  5. Sponsor Note: Comedian Brendan Gay (22:45)
  6. Unofficial Depth Chart: Takeaways (23:30)
  7. Training Camp Review: Defense (35:10)
  8. Game Preview: Buffalo Bills (1:01:10)
  9. Sign-Out: Regular YouTube Reaction/Analysis Videos Coming! (1:07:09)

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Vikings Release First Unofficial Depth Chart
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The release of first unofficial depth chart of the season means very little in the grand scheme of a six-month campaign. But for fans of the Minnesota Vikings, it’s the tangible result of training camp’s most competitive battles. The order of names listed on today’s chart will surely change, but there’s plenty to glean from our initial glimpse into makeup of the 2017 Vikings.

First Unofficial Depth Chart

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Mankato Lovin' LIVE from the Boulder Tap House [PODCAST] - 1500 ESPN Twin Cities

The Purple FTW! Podcast has descended upon Mankato for Minnesota Vikings Training Camp. We set up shop at Boulder Tap House, our home away from home, and Andy and Producer Allie welcomed in Eric Thompson (The Daily Norseman) and Arif Hasan (Zone Coverage) to recap some random Purple tidbits. The crew chatted about Sam Bradford and Mike Zimmer’s dap fail, Laquon Treadwell’s hamstring injury (which may or may not have been caused by Antone Exum), Riley Reiff’s back “twinge”, Dalvin Cook living up to the hype, and the Michael Floyd Redemption Tour. Plus who would prevail in a Twin Cities sports media Anchorman-style rumble.

All that and more “Hi, Megyn Kelly” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Vikings Training Camp
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The Minnesota Vikings first preseason game is only eight days away!

Vikings at Buffalo Bills. Thursday, August 10th @ 6pm CT

The Vikings have had six days of full team practices in Mankato. The good news is the team has avoided major injury, plus two playmakers on defense have been locked up long-term. The bad news is there have been minor, but potentially nagging injuries to report.

Let’s recap the team news that has come out of training camp since our last Loose Ends take.

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