Sunday, December 17, 2017

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Vikings Success 2017
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A large factor in the Minnesota Vikings’ 2017 success might be what they’ve learned from a disastrous 2016.

Watching the Vikings in 2016 was like watching the Metrodome roof collapse of 2010. The loss of Teddy Bridgewater, victim of a catastrophic knee injury a week before the season, took the air out of a team that had Super Bowl aspirations heading into the new year.

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Wow, what a fun day! Lots of action. With roster cuts already in progress, here’s a last-minute Vikings 53-man roster projection, which includes Friday’s trade for cornerback Tramaine Brock:

Quarterback
  • Sam Bradford
  • Case Keenum
  • Teddy Bridgewater (PUP)

The Vikings rolled with two quarterbacks last year and I don’t see that changing this year. Taylor Heinicke is practice squad eligible and I don’t see teams lining up to snag him off waivers. Plus, there’s always Mitch Leidner.

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Vikings Moneyball with Former Agent Joel Corry of CBS Sports (ep. 401)

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings made it rain over the offseason extending stalwarts pieces Xavier Rhodes, Linval Joseph, and Everson Griffen. But were they player-friendly deals or team-friendly? To answer that, we brought in former agent and friend of the show Joel Corry (@CorryJoel) of CBS Sports to breakdown the numbers and also drop knowledge bombs about how Teddy Bridgewater can avoid his contract tolling even while starting the season on the PUP and how the Philadelphia Eagles may have screwed the Vikings out of the option of franchise tagging Sam Bradford in 2018. Also Joel fills us in about his experience negotiating with Vikings general manager Rick Spielman and EVP of football operations Rob Brzezinski. Plus thoughts on Jaleel Johnson, the offensive line, and I fire up the Trade Machine 3000 to try and find some cornerback depth.

All that and more “You. Complete. Me.” 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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Miss Start of Training Camp
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In a move not totally unexpected, Latavius Murray and Sharrif Floyd will miss the start of Minnesota Vikings training camp. This morning, the team placed Murray on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list and Floyd on the Active/Non-Football Injury list.

Joining Murray on the PUP is rookie linebacker Shaan Washington, who is sidelined with a leg injury he suffered during Vikings minicamp.  Murray declared himself healthy upon his arrival to Mankato yesterday, but the PUP designation is one likely out of precaution by Eric Sugarman and team doctors.

As for Floyd, he’s still working back from a potentially career-threatening nerve issue in his knee. When head coach Mike Zimmer spoke to the media yesterday, he told reporters he’s heard Floyd is “improved,” but wouldn’t offer any further insight.

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