Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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Friday’s ICYMI: Bud Grant turns 90, your easy-to-reference guide on the 2017 Vikings rookies and their paths to the purple the gold.

VT’s “In Case You Missed It” intends to funnel every news report, the most general of informational notes and a handful of the best analysis articles pertaining to the Minnesota Vikings into one all-encompassing write-up. If you don’t have the time to follow the Purple and Gold as much as you may like, allow Vikings Territory to do the dirty work for you with our catch-all Vikings recap of everything you may have missed.

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Vikings 2017 Rookies
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Three days and seven trades later, Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman netted his franchise 11 new players. Without a first round pick—and his preferred 10 selections—Spielman was, as expected, one of the league’s more active draft participants.

Over the course of three days, he executed trades with seven teams, swapping 20 total draft picks in a convoluted string of transactions. When he was finally happy with his draft board and the team’s position each round, Spielman settled, garnering a class you’ve come to know well thanks to the Welcome to the Big Show series.

After the jump, I’ll compile each of the breakdowns with links and helpful graphics. This landing page should become an instant bookmark for you; an easy-to-reference guide on the 2017 Vikings rookies.

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Purple FTW! Podcast: NOW That's What I Call Vikings! Volume 373! (ep. 373) - Minnesota Vikings - 1500 ESPN

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings showed off their plans for the new Eagan headquarters to the media this week. What does this mean for the future of training camp in Mankato? We dive into that as well as some chart topping Purple topics. [SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL!]

Today’s Talkers Include:
• The New Vikings Facility Looks PIMP
• Training Camp Leaving Mankato Sucks
• Michael Floyd House Arrest Update UPDATE
• Why I Believe in Rodney Adams (USF Video We Referenced)
• Signed Tryout Freddie Tagaloa, Cut BJ DuBose
• Signed Will Sutton, Cut Toby Johnson
• BOLD PREDICTION: Danielle Hunter Will Lead the NFL in Sacks in 2017
• What Is Kyle Rudolph’s Future in Purple?
All that and more “I Miss CDs” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

A Carlson Digital Joint

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Which Vikings receivers will make the team in 2017?

After failing to sign any free agent receivers before the draft, the Minnesota Vikings were able to land a quality wideout in Michael Floyd last Wednesday. By adding Floyd, the Vikings are suddenly deep at wideout. Very deep. Now the question becomes, who will make the team?

Here’s a quick look at the top receivers currently on the Vikings offseason roster:

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Spielman & Zimmer
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Spielman & Zimmer Let Important Players Leave … Which Is New.

Since Rick Spielman and Mike Zimmer joined forces in Minnesota, as general manager and head coach, respectively, the masses have scrutinized the on-field performances with a watchful eye. The reviews have largely been positive when it comes to talent acquisition, and save for a few clock management hiccups and a suspicious stuffed animal rumor, Zimmer has enjoyed a Minnesota honeymoon that has been almost unanimously celebrated by Vikings fans.

This season will mark the beginning of a new era, however, and Vikings fans will be analyzing decisions in a way that has yet to occur since their head coach was hired in 2014.

This is the first year of Zimmer’s tenure that a substantial number of highly-regarded Vikings players have left for other teams, some of whom are amid the prime of their career from an age standpoint. The franchise’s best running back of all time, a left tackle selected in the top five, a popular and gritty veteran nickel corner, a kick returner that could be the NFL’s best before his career is over, a punter that finally seemed to be grooving and a blocking tight end whose dad might be inclined to describe this as an “exodus.”

Their presumed replacements have now been acquired through free agency and the draft, but only 16 games of football can give us all a real idea as to whether or not this has all been a net upgrade.

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