Thursday, August 17, 2017

Terence Newman

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Vikings Territory staffer Drew Mahowald was on hand for the Aug. 3 Minnesota Vikings training camp practice and delivers his takeaways.

August in Mankato. The visual image likely popping into your head is one that includes sweat, humidity and heat.

However, such image was a completely inaccurate description of what Thursday’s practice was for the Vikings. The temperature fluttered in the mid-50s and the wind was steady around 20 miles per hour. It was a wonderful retreat from the typical uncomfortableness that comes with Vikings training camp.

Below are major takeaways from Thursday’s practice.

David Morgan dominates

Second-year tight end David Morgan turned in a dominating performance on Thursday. He was an unstoppable force as a run blocker, particularly in red zone drills. During one play, he practically de-cleated linebacker Emmanuel Lamur and drove him across the field and opened a hole for Dalvin Cook.

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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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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald roll out a 90-minute LIVE show in order to finish off their Minnesota Vikings Training Camp position-by-position breakdown. Linebackers, Cornerbacks and Safeties are put under the microscope with tidbits on Dalvin Cook returning kicks, Mike Zimmer’s detailed interview with Hannah Storm and a handful of various talking points provided by an elite group of LIVE listeners. Broadcasted live on MixIr Thursday, July 20th.

Episode 84 is sponsored by local stand-up comic Brendan Gay — Catch the LIVE recording of his first comedy special at the Joke Joint Comedy Club (Lilydale, Minn.) on August 10th! Use to the promo code “BRENDAN” to get 40% off your ticket on the Joke Joint Comedy Club official website!

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Intro: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Advertising: See Local Comic Brendan Gay Perform LIVE August 10th (1:22)
  3. Kick Returner Cook?: Mike Priefer Adds Dalvin Cook to the Kick Return Conversation (2:00)
  4. Training Camp Preview: Linebackers (7:00)
  5. Zimmer Talks: Mike Zimmer Gives Timeline of Eye Issues & Details Current Health Standing (28:25)
  6. Training Camp Preview: Cornerbacks Part I (35:00)
  7. Waynespickaphobia: Fear of Trae Waynes Intercepting [Fun with Drew] (48:09)
  8. Training Camp Preview: Cornerbacks Part II (48:41)
  9. Live Commentary Break: Could Trae Waynes Bolt for Green Bay? – via @SkolSees – and more! (54:54)
  10. Training Camp Preview: Safeties Part I (59:40)
  11. Moment of Clarity: Double Brain Fart (1:08:06)
  12. Training Camp Preview: Safeties Part II (1:08:46)
  13. Take 5: Episode 84 … Our Best Randy Moss Moments, Clearly (1:10:44)
  14. Final Takes & Questions: Old Dog, New Tricks? Sub-Package Sendejo? Creativity on O? Norv?! (1:17:10)
  15. Drew’s Final Take & Sign-Out Combo: 1-Year Anniversary Show Plus Big News Next Monday (1:29:32)

Image courtesy of Vikings.com
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Vikings Training Camp Preview

In just 11 days, the Minnesota Vikings open training camp on the Minnesota State, Mankato campus. Rookie practices begin on Monday, July 24th and full team practices start Thursday, July 27th.

As usual, this time of year has brought optimism to the Vikings and their fans. But this year, things seem different. There’s good reason to be excited, as the offseason resulted in refreshing roster replacements, an influx of young talent, and a promising outlook on lovable quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

To recap the offseason moves, Minnesota added free agents Latavius Murray, Riley Reiff, Datone Jones, Michael Floyd, and Mike Remmers.

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