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Road to 100 — Episode 96

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald review the Minnesota Vikings’ 20-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at Century Link Field during Week 2 of the NFL preseason.

Episode 96 is sponsored by BlackStack Brewing and The Twin Cities Directory.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Into: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Sponsor Note: BlackStack Brewing & The Twin Cities Directory (1:20)
  3. 1st-Team Offense Review: Takeaways & Standout Individual Efforts (1:53)
  4. 1st-Team Defense Review: Takeaways & Standout Individual Efforts (13:58)
  5. Adams & Coley: Rodney Adams Struggling (28:08)
  6. Backup Battle: Case Keenum vs. Taylor Heinicke Review (31:00)
  7. Takeaway Sandwich: Positive-Negative-Positive (40:50)
  8. Blair Walsh: Thoughts on Blair Walsh’s “Antics” (45:13)
  9. Sign-Out: Subscribe on iTunes & Stitcher (47:20)

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Cook Gives Vikings Offensive Flexibility
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There’s no need to harp on Adrian Peterson‘s lack of versatility. Minnesota Vikings fans know, after years of watching him barrel through opposing defenses, that Peterson’s most valuable attribute was just that — his ability as a pure, north-to-south runner.

As Father Time gains ground and offensive philosophies shift to more wide-open, dynamic attacks, patience wears thin for players of Peterson’s unique, if limited skill set. While still a major draw on Sunday afternoons, the proof is on the paper; the Vikings’ all-time leading rusher sits behind Mark Ingram — and potentially rookie Alvin Kamara — on the New Orleans Saints’ depth chart.

Back in Minnesota, it’s clear Peterson’s replacement, second-round pick Dalvin Cook, brings a welcome, refreshing dynamic to the Vikings’ backfield. Though not the workhorse of his predecessor, it was clear from the start of training camp that Cook’s ceiling — in all other facets of a running back’s repertoire — is much higher than Peterson’s was from 2012 on.

Last Thursday’s preseason opener gave the organization a glimpse of the offensive flexibility Cook brings to Pat Shurmur’s scheme. Against the Buffalo Bills, he enjoyed a lion’s share of touches — almost all manufactured to put the ball in his hands — and reminded the Vikings of the possibilities created by having a do-it-all player in the backfield.

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Out of Our Depth feat. JReidDraftScout (ep. 390)

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings released their first unofficial depth chart officially on Monday morning. We take a hack at overreacting to some of the player placements as well as dip into the mailbag, hash out Matt Kalil’s recent comments about offensive line coaches, and have our first weekly visit with Jordan Reid (@JReidDraftScout) to chew on a little Purple.

All that and more “FIRST TEAM DEFENSE!!!” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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A Baker's Dozen Thoughts from the Vikings Night Practice [PODCAST] - 1500 ESPN Twin Cities

The final edition of the Minnesota Vikings famous Saturday Night Training Camp Practice from Mankato is in the books. We take the time to comb through a handful of pressing topics from the practice and the week leading up, including stories from our shows at Boulder Tap House and a few from the Mankato night life. #Ribfest

Today’s Talkers Include
• Stefon Diggs is Ready for Primetime
• Sam Bradford’s Accuracy is Still His Hallmark
• Dalvin Cook & Jerick McKinnon Will Be a Dynamic Duo
• Who Knew Rashod Hill’s Health Would Be Paramount
• Ben Gedeon is Legit
• Xavier Rhodes is NOT a Practice Player
• The Vikings Need a Big Year from Trae Waynes
• Rodney Adams is Back in the Derby
• Anthony Barr is Back
• Teddy is Still a Fan Favorite
• Why I’m in on Isaac Fruechte
• Big Linval’s Contract Extension

All that and more “Goodbye, Mankato” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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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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