Friday, September 22, 2017

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Vikings Training Camp
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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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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
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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

Graphic designed by Brett Anderson

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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