Sunday, June 25, 2017

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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!

A Carlson Digital Joint

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Purple FTW! Podcast: NOW That's What I Call Vikings! Volume 373! (ep. 373) - Minnesota Vikings - 1500 ESPN

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings showed off their plans for the new Eagan headquarters to the media this week. What does this mean for the future of training camp in Mankato? We dive into that as well as some chart topping Purple topics. [SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL!]

Today’s Talkers Include:
• The New Vikings Facility Looks PIMP
• Training Camp Leaving Mankato Sucks
• Michael Floyd House Arrest Update UPDATE
• Why I Believe in Rodney Adams (USF Video We Referenced)
• Signed Tryout Freddie Tagaloa, Cut BJ DuBose
• Signed Will Sutton, Cut Toby Johnson
• BOLD PREDICTION: Danielle Hunter Will Lead the NFL in Sacks in 2017
• What Is Kyle Rudolph’s Future in Purple?
All that and more “I Miss CDs” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

A Carlson Digital Joint

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Minnesota Vikings 53 Man Roster
Photo Courtesy of Luke Inman

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings begin their two days of practice with the Cincinnati Bengals before Friday’s first preseason game in Southern Ohio (but really Northern Kentucky). Mankato Training Camp is in the rear view mirror. Impressions were made, but still plenty of time for jobs to be won or lost. But that won’t stop us from recklessly speculating who will (Teddy Bridgewater) and who won’t (Antone Exum) be in Purple to start the 2016 season.

Follow along with our 53-man roster projection on the Google Doc.

All that and other “I MADE THE ROOSTER!” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Minnesota Vikings Mankato Training Camp Stefon Diggs
Photo Courtesy of Luke Inman

My time at Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings Training Camp has concluded. I enjoyed my time watching the team in the Crown Jewel of South Central Minnesota. Everyone loved Ribfest, but it’s time to get serious about some football. Here’s 14 observations from Mankato.

Today’s Topics Include
• How’s Teddy Look?
• Everson Griffen Might Be a Top-5 Edge Player
• I Don’t Know About Xavier Rhodes – Elite or Just a Guy
• Adrian Peterson Is Ready to Go
• MyCole Pruitt & David Morgan II Look to Be Big Factors
• I Believe in Matt Kalil 2016
• Sully/Berger Will Be a Matchup to Watch
• Charles Johnson is Going to Start. Deal with It
• Laquon Treadwell is Not Going to Start. Deal with It
• Stefon Diggs is Disgusting
• Trae Waynes is Massively Improved
• I Think the Vikings Keep 4 Safeties
• Blair Walsh and Jeff Locke Update
• BONUS: Moritz Jerome Boehringer Is…

All that and other “Damn You, Ribfest” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Photo courtesy of vikings.com

After returning to Mankato to cover training camp for my fourth consecutive year, I have started to notice a few consistencies. No more notable, maybe, than the amount of fans who will drive in from all over to watch their Vikings practice under the hot sun of southern Minnesota.

More than 10,000 fans attended the annual evening practice Saturday night, making it clear that faith in the organization is at an all time high.

This comes as no surprise to many, I am sure. There has always been that pocket of the fan base that believes their team can be a Super Bowl contender, no matter what the four letter network is projecting. What seems to be different this year however, is the amount of faith fans have in head coach Mike Zimmer and the front office led by general manager Rick Spielman.

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