Sunday, June 25, 2017

Stefon Diggs

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Surmising the Starters
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They’re in every front office; sprawling white boards checkered with placards and magnets. On these tags are player names, positions, and a smattering of notes, all meant to make sense of the jumble inside a general manager’s mind.

The job of an NFL franchise’s personnel department is no easy task; outside of scouting the future, they must develop the players within, slotting each into the correct position and role. Everyday tasks appear black-and-white, but most decisions made behind closed doors come amidst the gray.

Outside of a pure talent evaluation, there are the issues of locker room chemistry, salaries, tenure, and above all else, market value. The pressure to start a high-profile rookie, for example, may force the more talented, less exciting veteran out of a long-occupied place on the field.

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Fortunately, not all front offices function this way. The Minnesota Vikings—specifically, general manager Rick Spielman—operate in a more judicious manner. Rookies don’t automatically see the field in their first year, veterans are rarely released out of the blue, and the 22 available positions in the starting lineup are never “on lock.”

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Law & Vikings Organized Team Activities (ep. 374) - Minnesota Vikings - 1500 ESPN

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings were back in town this week to start the first of three sets of Organized Team Activities before mid-June’s mandatory mini-camp. Tuesday’s practice lit #VikingsTwitter ablaze with video of Teddy Bridgewater taking snaps. I pontificate about that along with several other OTA talkers. Later in the show, we bring in Joshua Johnson (@DFF_Cog) of Dynasty Football Factory to talk some fantasy implications about the young Vikes. Plus a clip of Matt Vensel (@MattVensel) of the Star Tribune and I chatting about Mike Zimmer’s absence from OTAs due to his 8th eye surgery and both his short and long-term prospects with the team. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL!

All that and more “Breath. It’s Just OTAs.” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Episode 67 — "He's Just Not Teddy Bridgewater"

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss their thoughts on the most recent Teddy Bridgewater rehabilitation video, review Laquon Treadwell’s depth chart situation after taking first-team reps in three-wide receiver sets, name their favorite NFL celebrations since 2000 and plenty more on Episode 68 of About the Labor.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Intro: Table of Comments (0:00-1:26)
  • The Video: Bridgewater Breaks the Internet … Again (1:27-9:15)
  • Never Enough: Bradford Will Never Win Over Vikings Fans (9:16-15:34)
  • Bad Luck: Bradford Always Finds Himself Stuck in Unfavorable Situations (15:35-16:50)
  • Jersey Sales: Find a No. 8 Jersey on NFLShop.com … You Can’t (16:51-18:15)
  • Next Step or Nothing: Treadwell takes first-team reps in 3-WR sets at OTAs (18:16-25:00)
  • Weird Tangent: James Harrison Instagram Workouts (25:01-26:18)
  • Treadwell Takeaways: Way-Too-Early Numbers to Expect (26:19-29:42)
  • Take 5: Favorite NFL Celebrations — Touchdown, Sack, etc. (29:43-41:05)
  • Smooooooooot: Quick Edit to BJ’s Top-5 All-Time Favorite Vikings (41:06-42:24)
  • Sign-Out: New Shows Post Every Tuesday & Thursday (42:25-43:13)

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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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