Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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About the Labor: Episode 51 feat. Zach Jacobson

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald welcome Zach Jacobson (Cheesehead TV) onto the show to discuss the Minnesota Vikings signing of Datone Jones, the Green Bay Packers signing Martellus Bennett and where both NFC North teams stand following the greatest wave of free agency.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Vikings signing Datone Jones and how he fits
  • Packers signing Martellus Bennett and what issues he presents
  • Packers secondary situation
  • How the NFC North stacks up following free agency
  • Aaron Rodgers.
  • Teddy Bridgewater vs. Sam Bradford from a Packers lens
  • Thoughts on Adrian Peterson signing with Green Bay
  • Najeh Davenport
  • Ted Thompson’s roster-building strategy
  • “We’ll take take just one”

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39 Years Young: Vikings, Newman Agree to Terms

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Father Time’s undefeated record has been well-documented since, well, the beginning of time itself.

Every year another household name in sports is claimed either via planned retirement or playing through a painful final year. No individual has ever been able to stand the test of time, and betting on this changing at any point is more-or-less equivalent to tossing a wad of bills into an active volcano.

If there is one player that possesses both the physical tools and competitive drive necessary to challenge Father Time’s winning streak, however, it is two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Terence Newman.

Following yet another outstanding individual season in 2016, the seemingly ageless defensive back decided he will return to the gridiron for at least one more season with the Minnesota Vikings.

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Where Do the Vikings Head From Here
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[In part one of this three-part series, Austin Belisle and Brett Anderson team up to put together an in-depth offseason plan for the Minnesota Vikings.]

Football, more than any other sport, is an unpredictable game. A loose ball, a tipped pass, a broken tackle; the slightest shift in momentum or circumstance can flip competition on its head. Franchises prepare for the random nature of the game, but often fall victim to factors they can’t control.

Such was the case for the Minnesota Vikings in 2016. From Teddy Bridgewater’s knee injury to the merry-go-round at offensive line, the team struggled to bounce back in the face of adversity. Players on the defensive side of the ball underperformed, turmoil forced a turnover on the coaching staff, and Mike Zimmer’s eye blurred Minnesota’s season outlook.

Combined, the weekly distractions and diversions were too much for the Vikings to overcome. They stalled to an 8-8 finish after starting the season 5-0; missing the playoffs just one year removed from winning the NFC North. Like any team in the NFL, the Vikings had one end-goal in mind: the Super Bowl. But dreaming of a Lombardi Trophy and winning the actual game are two different things.

the cornerbacks
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Our second installment of our Vikings Free Agency Primer series: The cornerbacks

LAST SEASON

No viable NFL franchise can afford to remain complacent. Even if said team has, for example, the league’s best quarterback, contingency plans must always be a part of the front office’s long-term outlook. For the Minnesota Vikings, assessing and evaluating the cornerback position falls under this category of thinking.

Any measure would label the unit’s collective 2016 efforts a success. Most notably, Pro Football Focus ranked Minnesota’s secondary seventh-best last season. The highly-regarded site graded Terence Newman as a top-10 cornerback in the league, and his ageless performance was nearly matched by that of Xavier Rhodes.

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Feat. Jordan Reid (Viking Age) & Myles Gorham (Vikings Digital Diaries) — Episode 45

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald welcome aboard guest stars Jordan Reid (The Viking Age) and Myles Gorham (Vikings Digital Diaries) to discuss the Minnesota Vikings’ most expendable assets, defensive tackle prospects, linebacker prospects and plenty more on Episode 45 of About the Labor.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Vikings Analysis: Determining expendable assets with value on the open market
  • Vikings Analysis: Is exploring a trade a good idea?
  • Vikings Hypothetical: How much would you trade to acquire Dallas Cowboys’ Tyron Smith?
  • Draft: Larry Ogunjobi and 2017 defensive tackle prospects the Vikings may be reviewing
  • Draft: Sharrif Floyd’s status determines what round the Vikings look defensive tackle during
  • Draft: Deion Jones and the new wave of linebackers in the NFL
  • Draft: Duke Riley and 2017 linebacker prospects the Vikings may be reviewing
  • Draft: Determining Eric Kendricks’ role impacts what type of linebacker the Vikings target
  • Draft: Sleeper picks in the 2017 draft class
  • Skol Spin: Jordan Reid steps into the Skol Spin hot seat

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