Saturday, August 19, 2017

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Episode 88

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss Xavier Rhodes’ massive contract extension, Michael Floyd playing well in Mankato at Minnesota Vikings training camp and an announcement that there is no timetable for Riley Reiff to return to action.

Episode 88 is sponsored by Blackstack Brewing, The Twin Cities Directory and stand-up comedian Brendan Gay.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Intro: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Sponsor Note: Win FREE BEER for an Entire Year Playing Beer Pong! (1:10)
  3. Rhodes Extended: Xavier Rhodes Contract Extension Takeaways (1:52)
  4. Floyd Fever: Michael Floyd Practicing Well in Mankato (12:20)
  5. Sponsor Note: See Brendan Gay LIVE on August 10th (23:55)
  6. Special Teams Sherels: Marcus Sherels Taking Reps as a Kick Return (24:16)
  7. Rough Start for Reiff: No Timetable for Return for Riley Reiff (32:50)
  8. Twitter Takes: Riley Reiff vs. Rashod Hill (37:23)
  9. Sign-Out: iTunes/Stitcher Review = Chance to Win a FREE Vikings Territory T-Shirt! (55:36)

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Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

While not necessarily true for all Super Bowl teams, it’s often said that defense wins championships. After working out contract extensions with two of its most significant defensive starters, it’s clear the Minnesota Vikings believe this mantra.

Early last week, the team announced a new deal with defensive end Everson Griffen, who will likely finish his career in Minnesota after inking his name on the dotted line. And in the secondary, it’s Xavier Rhodes benefitting from the organization’s emphasis on locking down the young defensive core.

As first reported by the NFL’s Ian Rapoport, Rhodes signed a five-year, $70 million contract extension with the Vikings early Sunday afternoon. The new deal keeps Rhodes in Minnesota through the 2022 season and includes $41 million in guaranteed money. Over the course of the contract, which Joe Banner labeled “very good” for the team, Rhodes can make a total of $78 million.

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Episode 87

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald break down Days 2-4 of Minnesota Vikings training camp with discussions centered around Everson Griffen, Xavier Rhodes, Teddy Bridgewater, Riley Reiff, Mike Zimmer and Taylor Heinicke.

Episode 87 is sponsored by Blackstack Brewing, The Twin Cities Directory and stand-up comedian Brendan Gay.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Intro: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Sponsor Note: Win FREE BEER for an Entire Year Playing Beer Pong! (1:30)
  3. Foreverson: Everson Griffen contract extension thoughts and takeaways (2:25)
  4. Rhodes & Joseph Next?: What to Expect about … the Expected (11:21)
  5. Bridgewater Back: From Mike Zimmer’s Dog House to Nickel Cornerback (20:34)
  6. Sponsor Note: See Brendan Gay LIVE at Joke Joint Comedy Club August 10th (27:55)
  7. Dodging Bullets: Riley Reiff & Adam Thielen Leave Practice; Reportedly A-OK (28:21)
  8. Zimmer Zone: Mike Zimmer in Mid-Season Press Conference Form & Takeaways (31:40)
  9. Camp Takeaways: Where did the Heinicke Hate Train Go & Bower Power (44:32)
  10. Twitter Takes: Optimal Alignment on 3rd&9 vs. Aaron Rodgers (53:35)
  11. Sign-Out: iTunes/Stitcher Review = Chance to Win a FREE Vikings Territory T-Shirt! (1:03:50)

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Image courtesy of Vikings.com

One year ago Minnesota Vikings players were still unpacking their bags and preparing for morning walkthroughs at Blakeslee Stadium in Mankato. In 2017, however, Mike Zimmer ordered his young and inexperienced troops to report three days early.

“Last year, a lot of the rookies didn’t play as much as they had in the past,” Zimmer told Chad Graff of the Saint Paul Pioneer Press. “I just figured, let’s give these guys every opportunity we possibly can to get them up to speed a little quicker. We want to get them back in here, get them back doing the techniques that we’ve been working on in the spring. Kind of refresh another three days of practice with the terminology. Then when the vets get here, they’ve heard it four or five times now as opposed to just two or three.”

As a result, fans have had the luxury of enjoying an extra three days of Vikings football — and what a three days it has been. While Dalvin Cook, Pat Elflein and the rest of Minnesota’s star-studded rookie class were finding their footing, general manager Rick Spielman has been busy solidifying the future of the organization.

Everson Griffen captured headlines with a massive contract extension, but his new deal wasn’t the only pertinent information disclosed this week. So, before Sam Bradford, Harrison Smith and the rest of the Vikings veteran take the field this afternoon, let’s first catch up on the developments of the past three days.

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Episode 86

Graphic designed by Brett Anderson

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the initial word from Minnesota Vikings training camp in Mankato including George Edwards calling plays, Antone Exum at nickel cornerback and Marshall Koehn kicking his way into our hearts.

Originally broadcasted LIVE via MixIr on July 25th.

Episode 86 is sponsored by Blackstack Brewing, Socom Creative – The Twin Cities Directory and local stand-up comic Brendan Gay.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Intro: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Sponsor Note: Win FREE BEER for an Entire Year Playing Beer Pong! (1:37)
  3. Injury Designations: Latavius Murray on PUP; Sharrif Floyd on NFI (2:25)
  4. Edwards Enthusiasm: George Edwards Calling Plays During Training Camp/Preaseason (11:15)
  5. Antone Exum: From Mike Zimmer’s Dog House to Nickel Cornerback (21:47)
  6. Sponsor Note: See Brendan Gay LIVE at Joke Joint Comedy Club August 10th (32:23)
  7. Camp Takeaways: Marshall Koehn Hype Train (32:58)
  8. Rhodes Closed: New Contract Looming for X? (53:40)
  9. Sign-Out: New Episodes Monday-Wednesday-Friday; Lives Shows at 8 PM CT on Tuesdays (59:51)

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