Monday, October 23, 2017

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Vikings-Dolphins Recap: The Preseason is Dead. Long Live the Preseason. (ep. 407)

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings mercifully wrapped up the preseason Thursday getting boatraced by the Miami Dolphins at Historic US Bank Stadium. Even though the game was an exhibition, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t important for the bottom of the roster players. We talk about who made some dough and who’s going to be kneeding dough at Domino’s next week.

Today’s Talkers Include:
• Dissecting Rick Spielman’s Comments
• Cayleb Jones Made Himself Some Money
• Eric Wilson is Making the 53
• The Mandatory Mitch Leidner Talking Point
• Taylor YOLO Heinicke
• Mackenzie Alexander. Bruh.
• Rodney Adams is Not Making the Team
• Other Jabronis Not Making It
• Loose Ends

All that and more “NFL Participant Mitch Leidner” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Cayleb Jones Explodes for 9 Catches and 127 Yards

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It has been a rather uninspiring preseason for the Minnesota Vikings.

Between the first-team offense mustering a grand total of three points and the first-team defense allowing multiple long touchdown drives, the Vikings have given fans few reasons for optimism heading into the regular season. The preseason should never be taken too seriously, but Minnesota definitively failed with regard to adding to a hype train that was buzzing around draft time.

The projected starters took a backseat to the bubble players in Vikings’ final preseason matchup against the Miami Dolphins at U.S. Bank Stadium, and the result was a lot of the same. Vikings quarterback Taylor Heinicke struggled with his accuracy while Dolphins wide receiver Jakeem Grant torched Minnesota’s secondary en route to a 30-9 Miami victory on Thursday night.

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Bucky Hodges on the Rise

Historically, the Minnesota Vikings have lacked a one-two punch at tight end. The last time the Vikings had two tight ends catch more than 30 passes in a season was in 2013, when Kyle Rudolph missed eight games due to injury. That season, Rudolph had 30 catches and John Carlson had 32. Before that, the last occurrence was in 2002, when Jimmy Kleinsasser had 37 receptions and Byron Chamberlain had 34.

Fast forward to 2016. Starting tight end Rudolph enjoyed a breakout season, catching 83 passes for 840 yards and seven touchdowns. But Rhett Ellison, the team’s number two tight end, caught only nine passes.

This offseason, after Ellison signed with the New York Giants, the Vikings attempted to add another weapon to their tight end arsenal. Free agent Jared Cook, known for his downfield pass-catching skills, came to Minnesota for a visit, but he ultimately joined the Oakland Raiders.

Enter rookie Bucky Hodges. The raw-but-talented receiver that plays tight end may be just the player the Vikings have been searching for. Realistically, it’s too early to predict a 30-plus catch season for Hodges in 2017, but if he can make strides developing his technique, the sky is the limit for the 22 year-old.

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Road to 100 — Episode 94

Graphic designed by Brett Anderson

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald welcome Eli Hartman-Seeskin of Last Word on Sports onto the show to help them give a more in-depth breakdown of the Minnesota Vikings’ performance against the Buffalo Bills last Thursday.

Episode 94 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 (1:39)
  3. Quarterback Competition: Case Keenum vs. Taylor Heinicke in Buffalo (2:15)
  4. Coley Killin’ It: Wide Receiver Group Continues to Impress (16:48)
  5. Linebacker Competition: Is Edmond Robinson the Favorite? (24:12)
  6. Backup Safeties: Solid Night for Jayron Kearse (30:08)
  7. Bower Power: Tashawn Bower Looking Like the Real Deal (37:18)
  8. Takeaway Sandwich: Positive + Negative + Positive (38:35)
  9. Sign-Out: Special Thanks to Eli for Joining Us! (45:10)

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Vikings-Bills Recap - As Coley as the Other Side of the Pillow (ep. 393)

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings prevailed on the field of battle Thursday night vanquishing the Bills of Buffalo in a contest that means nothing. But plenty of story lines from the game! We react (and over react) to a number of them in the first Purple FTW game recap of the season.

Today’s Talkers Include
• The 1st Team Offense Was…..
• The 1st Team Defense Was…..
• Dalvin Cook is Apparently #Good
• Stacy Coley Shined
• Rodney Adams Rollercoaster
• Tashawn Bower Earned Himself Some Money
• The Backup Quarterback Report
• I Really Liked How Eric Wilson Played
• Other Winners and Losers
• Twitter Questions

All that and more “…I Still Believe in Fruechte, Dammit” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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