Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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After releasing eleven players yesterday, including veterans Joe Banyard and Brandon Bostick, the Minnesota Vikings made two more moves on Monday to bring their active roster closer to the 75-man limit.

As announced on the team’s official website, the Vikings placed Josh Robinson on the reserve/physically unable to perform list, and the fourth-year cornerback will sit out the first six games of the season. Robinson missed all of training camp and the preseason after tearing his pectoral muscle during minicamp — an injury that will keep keep him from practicing until October 19.

Bykowski, a third-year tackle out of Iowa State, joined the Vikings last December after spending two years on the San Francisco 49ers’ practice squad. He was competing for the backup spot behind left tackle Matt Kalil before tearing his his pectoral muscle in the Vikings’ August 15 preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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When Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards was asked about first-round pick Trae Waynes last week, Edwards mentioned the rookie cornerback from Michigan State continues to improve as the preseason has progressed.

Then he was asked if he’s going to be ready to start Week 1.

Edwards responded, “Well, that’s what we’re aiming for, that’s what we’re all working for, but we’ll just take it from week-to-week. We’ve still got two more games to go and just keep evaluating it through the process.”

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The Minnesota Fighting Vikings prevailed 28-14 Saturday night in Dallas. The team also trimmed 11 names from their roster as the 75-man deadline looms on Tuesday afternoon. We recap the talkers from the game, who got cut (who should still be cut), and if you should feel bad for the Packers’ injury woes.

Other “8-0 in the preseason and a Dollar will get you a cup of coffee” Talkers Include
• Zimmer goes 8 in a row for Mike Yeo
• 11 Vikings cut. Banyard is the most surprising to me.
• Who are the other 3 possible cuts to get to 75?
• Roster trimming schedule
• WTF, Blair Walsh?
• Why not have the kicker & punter be the same guy?
• Teddy To Wallace. Finally
• Taylor Heinicke Love
• Cordarrelle is NOT Back
• Time to trade CP?
• Secondary Hot Takes
• Xavier Rhodes is becoming a corner you don’t throw at
• The Four Linebackers of the Apocalypse
• 2nd Team Vikings Defensive Line vs Cowboys 1st Team O-Line
• Tom Johnson Appreciation
• The Run Game is Worrysome?
• Why Isn’t Zach Zenner a Viking?
• Green Bay Injuries
• Jordy Nelson is underrated because he’s white
• At Tennessee Thursday night to round out the Preseason
• Visit our new sponsor Victiv for Daily Fantasy Sports!
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All that and other “Kendricks & Barr in the Nickel is unfair” on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Christian Ponder returns to Minnesota Saturday as the Oakland Raiders roll into The Bank to take on our Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings in some preseason action. There are other (less funny) storylines coming into this third of five preseason games for the Purple Peeps, Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) joins us for his weekly spot to cover some of the main talkers.

Other “Khalil vs Kalil” Talkers Include
• More Than Words campaign winding down, still time to donate!
• Arif’s new theme song…
• Christian Ponder back in Minnesota. The NFL schedule makers are LOLing.
• Bykowski out, is Yankey next up at backup left tackle?
• What’s Scott Crichton going to bring to the table?
• Danielle Hunter has been solid, despite few “gifable” plays.
• Zimmer throws cold water on the Exum train.
• Robert Blanton is William Hung?
• Post Mecca Abdullah is my favorite indie band.
• Anthony Barr back. What should we expect?
• Waynes out of the nickel. Focusing on LCB.
• Cordarrelle to Carolina? Who says no?
• Derek Carr or Teddy Bridgewater?….. (Stop laughing)
• Amari Cooper + Michael Crabtree could be a great combo.
• Khalil-vs-Kalil *Cue Foreboding Music*
• What to look for Saturday.
• Bottom of the roster: Who’s alive & who’s dead man walking?
• Justin Trattou should play safety.
• Can all the pectoral injuries be blamed on strength training? (Spoiler: No)
• Vikings head strength & conditioning coach Evan Marcus is a scary dude.
• Surprise to make the 53? Surprise cut? (I pick B-Rob)
• Audie Cole vs Eric Kendricks. If a tie, who wins?

All that and other “Please unblock me on Twitter, Sam Ponder” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer isn’t worried about rookie cornerback Trae Waynes, even if Twitter was close to exploding over his play last night. The first-round draft pick was called for multiple holding and pass interference penalties throughout the night while struggling to play off coverage against the Steelers’ backup receivers.

Waynes played 54 defensive snaps — just behind fellow rookie Danielle Hunter — seeing his first action at left cornerback on the Vikings’ third play from scrimmage. Despite his early struggles, Zimmer kept Waynes in for 84 percent of the defense’s snaps. Why?:

“Part of the thing, what I wanted to do, was not take him out. I wanted to find out what kind of toughness he had when things happen like that. When you get a couple of penalties on you, how are you going to fight back, how are you going to respond?”

“I thought he did a nice job with those things, but he’s just got to learn some of the technical things about the NFL. Athletically, and the type of kid he is, he’s going to be fine.”

The biggest knock on Waynes coming out of Michigan State was his grabbiness and physicality in coverage. He often tugged opposing receivers’ jerseys, hooked their wrists at the catch point, and jammed well past five yards down the field. In the NFL, those same tactics are almost impossible to get away with, and that showed throughout the Hall of Fame Game on Sunday night.

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