For those of you who don't know, VikingsTerritory.com has a sister site named purplePTSD.com that started after the 2015 Draft. One of the main writers and voices from purplePTSD.com is someone you're probably familiar with, Luke Braun, as he is the co-host of the purpleJOURNAL Podcast with me and Joe Oberle, the co-host of the Pocket Protectors podcast over on the Climbing the Pocket network and he also posts a lot of stuff here on VikingsTerritory.com as well. The past few seasons, whether it's been on purplePTSD.com or the Minnesota Vikings sub-Reddit, Luke has wowed with his stories that focus on the human side of the game in terms of the players that are on the bubble\/may not make the team.\r\n\r\nEven the kindest writers out there sometimes forget that football players are human beings and by calling for a certain player to get traded or cut, we're basically asking for the team to at best change the life of that player and his family and at worst basically ruin their lives. We dehumanize for a few reasons (we love the team and are willing to do anything to improve it, or we just become so used to it that we forget that side of it, etc.) and while the players also understand that the NFL is a "business" (something you'll hear on shows like HBO's 'Hard Knocks' about 5,000 times a week, cutting players is the worst part of the job for everyone involved.\r\n\r\nLuke does a great job of not only humanizing the sport but also really giving you some additional information that'll make training camp even more exciting\/compelling than it already is. He started running his pieces, position-by-position last week and is coming out with a new article\/position every two-to-three days. So for the sake of playing catch-up, here are last week's posts (including the intro piece that explains things a bit better than I just did) and the post from this morning (that being the wide receiver position\/number four).\r\n\r\nWe will be posting the new pieces here on VikingsTerritory.com one-by-one starting later this week, which will be about a day or two after they go live on purplePTSD.com. If you want to see them sooner, check out that site after coming here!\r\n\r\n1. 90 Minnesota Vikings: Intro Post\r\n\r\n2. 90 Minnesota Vikings: Quarterbacks\r\n\r\n3. 90 Minnesota Vikings: Linebackers\r\n\r\n4. 90 Minnesota Vikings: Wide Receivers\r\n\r\nThe Vikings have arguably the best receiving duo in the NFL with Kendall Wright and Laquon Treadwell backing them up. That battle will dominate coverage of the WR room, so it\u2019s worth looking at the new guy in town. After that, however, the final slot or two is a wide open competition between veterans and undrafted hopefuls.\r\n\r\nLooking for Diggs, Thielen or Treadwell? Try the\u00a0hub post.\r\nQuarterbacks\r\nLinebackers\r\nKendall Wright\r\nSince his electric years at Baylor and being drafted in the 1st round, Wright\u2019s career has sputtered. By the end of his time in Tennessee, he had fallen completely out of their rotation, and was exiled to a journeyman\u2019s career. His\u00a0divorce with the team that drafted him\u00a0was messy, and he never lived up to his dynamic draft expectations. But Wright has a\u00a0chip on his shoulder\u00a0\u2013 he felt he didn\u2019t have enough snaps in Tennessee. In Chicago, he was the team\u2019s leading receiver, perhaps due in part to his ability to go off-script on routes. It remains to be seen whether that will fit in with the Vikings, or banish him to the fringes like it did with the Titans.\r\n\r\nWright and Laquon Treadwell are in a direct competition for the third wide receiver privileges. This isn\u2019t as big of a distinction as it may be on other teams, since Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen figure to dominate the target share, but it\u2019s the best available prize. Wright\u2019s experience in the slot may dictate this \u2013 he didn\u2019t take a single outside snap in Chicago. If the Vikings want to line Diggs and Thielen up in the slot, they\u2019d put Treadwell, an outside receiver, at WR3. With Diggs and Thielen on the outside, they\u2019d put Wright in the slot. How often they do one or the other will no doubt be influenced by this competition.\r\nStacy Coley\r\nLast preseason, we\u00a0told the story\u00a0of Stacy Coley\u2019s lack of drive in high school, and the heart-to-heart that kicked him into high gear. He won a competition with Rodney Adams and a few other bubble players for a low-end roster spot, and will be the only receiver from that battle to return for week one of 2018. Coley\u2019s NFL dream is alive, mostly as a result of\u00a0electric preseason play\u00a0last season. But his 2017 was fairly anticlimactic, only dressing for 4 games taking 47 snaps. Regardless, he\u2019s the incumbent WR6, and will defend that title this August.\r\n\r\nA few preseason highlights can propel the careers of players with few opportunities elsewhere, but Coley hasn\u2019t been anointed with anything. His 2017 didn\u2019t afford him the opportunity to earn any sort of longevity in purple. This season, Coley faces another battle royale of competition for the final roster spot or two, but he has a lot more career momentum than at this point last year where his passion for football was in question. Instead, the question is simply if he can outdo his peers and make it to the 53-man again. If there were a favorite for the 6th WR spot, it\u2019d be Coley.\r\nTavarres King\r\nKing\u2019s career as a Georgia Bulldog is defined by his relationship with his teammates. After fellow Bulldog Marlon Brown went down with an ACL injury, King\u00a0wore his jersey\u00a0en route to a 38-0 drubbing of rival Auburn. King stands 4th all-time in Georgia receiving, but his NFL career sputtered early. The team that drafted him, Denver, waived him by that October. Including the Broncos, he was on and off four different rosters before landing in New York, and even then, needed to wait for injuries to Odell Beckham, Brandon Marshall and more before he saw significant playing time. He\u2019d finally gotten his chance to prove himself, propelled by a\u00a0memorable playoff reception, but\u00a0a concussion derailed his final year in New York. This led to the expiration of his contract, but his momentum carried him to His next destination: Minnesota.\r\n\r\nTavarres King owes his NFL career to the Giants, the only team to give him a legitimate chance to prove what he can do in the NFL. He now squares off against Stacy Coley, a delayed Cayleb Jones and a number of undrafted free agents for a single roster spot, maybe two. King will have to draw on the only advantage he has, veteran experience, to hold off the youngsters and stay on the roster. Should he miss the roster, it could be difficult to see him gaining any new opportunities off of the successes in 2016 and 2017 seasons.\r\nCayleb Jones\r\nLast season, Jones was a misfit with off-field issues and the lesser of two brothers. After a failed rookie season in Philadelphia led him to be cut mid-season, he joined the Vikings\u2019 practice squad late in 2016. An electric preseason in 2017 earned him some clout as he fought admirably against two drafted rookies for roster space. He lost the roster battle to Coley and now-retired Rodney Adams, but was kept on the practice squad again. His last few months in Minnesota have been a whirlwind. From being the\u00a0first person to hug Stefon Diggs\u00a0after the Minneapolis Miracle, to\u00a0a bizarre and surreal moment\u00a0with his big brother Zay to his\u00a0recent PED suspension, Jones has had a heck of a time in purple. But mostly, he spent his second season on the Vikings\u2019 practice squad, becoming a bit of a staple in developmental limbo.\r\n\r\nJones is part of the same free-for-all as everyone else, fighting for the 5th or 6th WR role. Like many of last year\u2019s preseason stars, he\u2019ll have to keep that up to keep his place in the franchise. While some may assume his suspension is a detriment, it relieves a little pressure on the room. Cayleb Jones, if he impresses, could get that final roster spot, but if he does, it gives the runner-up 4 games in his stead and a \u201clast chance\u201d of sorts. Of course, he could miss the team outright and remove this complexity altogether. He could also kick someone off of the practice squad after he returns from suspension if he fails to win the roster battle, but in his third season, his expectations are going to have to be higher. Practice squad \u201cpotential\u201d can only propel a player so far.\r\nJeff Badet\r\nBadet ended up at Oklahoma in thanks in large part to\u00a0the courting of Baker Mayfield. After three years of starting at Kentucky, the quarterback surprised Badet, who thought Mayfield was declaring, by coaxing him to transfer to Oklahoma as a graduate student for one final hoorah. That season was high-profile enough to get Baker Mayfield drafted first overall. This highlighted Badet, but most importantly, allowed him to participate in Oklahoma\u2018s pro day. This put him in front of more scouts than what he\u2019d have seen at Kentucky, and\u00a0Badet ran a 4.27 40\u00a0in front of the bigger crowd. This was enough to put him over the top, and get the Vikings to sign him in post-draft free agency. Badet\u2019s opportunity with the Vikings may not have been possible if Baker Mayfield hadn\u2019t found the dynamic receiver looking to finish out his graduate school years.\r\n\r\nBadet, and all the undrafted free agent WRs, will be gunning for practice squad real estate or perhaps a final roster spot if they show out. Badet\u2019s speed gives him a nice floor \u2013 if he\u2019s not good enough to kick someone else off the roster, his athleticism gives him \u201cupside.\u201d Should that show up in preseason play, he could earn a developmental practice squad honor. It would take quite the preseason to earn him a roster spot over Coley, Jones, and King, complete with dynamic receiver play against 3rd teamers and a major impact on special teams.\r\nKorey Robertson\r\nTransitioning from High School at Southern Miss was difficult for Korey Robertson. Faced with the uptick in intensity and conditioning,\u00a0Robertson considered quitting altogether. He told his coach he has lost his love for the game, and wanted to be a firefighter instead. But his family helped him overcome that challenge, and he quickly blossomed into a superstar. So much so, he was able to declare early for the draft and attend the NFL combine. But for some, the combine is more curse than blessing. He was a mid-round prospect before a poor combine performance, which caused him to fall out of the draft. However, his pedigree wasn\u2019t entirely erased as the Vikings paid him the highest signing bonus they\u2019ve ever paid to an undrafted free agent. Even if football ends here for Robertson, that\u2019s a solid kickstart to a career in firefighting.\r\n\r\nRobertson\u2019s athletic testing tanked what was otherwise high draft stock, but his career at Southern Miss points to as good a chance as anyone to sneak onto the roster. It will be interesting to see how he adapts to the jump in intensity from college to the pros, considering his issues with the last spike in competition, but if he can avoid the same motivational hiccup, he has a leg up. Robertson\u2019s fate will likely be apparent early \u2013 if there aren\u2019t effort questions, he could make plenty of noise.\r\nJake Wieneke\r\nWieneke\u2019s been well-documented as a hometown prospect who\u00a0grew up watching Randy Moss\u00a0like most of us fans, and became a superstar for the SDSU Jackrabbits. Wieneke wanted to be a Minnesota Gopher, but a\u00a0foot injury came at the worst time, and held him back in workouts. But he didn\u2019t let that stop him from becoming a perennial All-FCS receiver and racking up mountains of yards for the Jackrabbits. A lot has been made of Wieneke meeting his childhood heroes and putting on a Vikings uniform, and now he has a chance to prove he belongs among the upper echelon of football talent. And he\u00a0just got engaged!\r\n\r\nWieneke has an impressive college resume against FCS competition which would give him an off chance to make the roster. But with all FCS players, level of competition is enough of a concern to keep any team from investing in him. At 6\u20194\u201d, he\u2019s the tallest wide receiver on the roster. He\u2019ll have to show out against power 5 alumni and NFL veterans to have a prayer of making the 53, which is a steep incline compared to what he\u2019s dealt with in his college career.\r\nChad Beebe\r\nBeebe is a blue blooded receiver with his father, Don, earning fame for\u00a0this play\u00a0in Super Bowl XXVII. Beebe\u00a0may have bowed out of football\u00a0at the sign of first contact, but Don mentored his son and supported him. Soon enough, Chad found his own way into a passion for football, even though Don made a concerted effort not to push his son To follow in his footsteps. He ended up playing receiver at Northern Illinois, and working toward his future. A lot of players in NFL buildings this time of year weren\u2019t drafted, but got a contract afterwards. For Chad Beebe, he fell a tier even further, having to prove himself in rookie minicamp. But for players from off-the-radar NIU, that\u2019s often as much as you can hope for. Sure enough, he outplayed Armanti Foreman (brother of Texans running back D\u2019Onta) and earned a chance to earn a chance in the NFL.\r\n\r\nBeebe would have to kick more established players out of their spots to make the 53-man roster, but if he can continue to be the quickest guy on the field, he has a shot. While his father was famously fast, Chad makes his way with quickness. That quickness and a frame built for the slot limits his flexibility, but also his competition.\u00a0He won\u2019t be directly competing with the taller, straight-line wideouts like Wieneke and Badet, giving him a less obscured path to possibly stand out.\r\nBrandon Zylstra\r\nAnother home-grown prospect in Brandon Zylstra is looking at a chance to step his football career to a level it\u2019s never touched. Zylstra comes from small town Spicer, Minnesota, played for two local lower-tier colleges, went undrafted, and started his professional career for the CFL\u2019s Edmonton Eskimos. While the townspeople of Spicer would\u00a0gather around for Zylstra\u2019s Eskimos games,\u00a0a chance at the Vikings\u2019 roster would lift him to legendary height. It\u2019s easy to get washed away in a sea of camp bodies when you don\u2019t have much of a pedigree to work with, but Zylstra turned heads in offseason workouts. This gives him a unique momentum headed into the grind of his first NFL training camp.\r\n\r\nZylstra has more veteran experience than a lot of people competing for the final WR roster spot, but will have to overcome average athleticism and rely on his revered work ethic. If he can remind the Vikings\u2019 decision-makers of\u00a0another home-grown underdog,\u00a0he may be able to pull an upset and stick in the NFL. And while CFL experience doesn\u2019t go far for everyone, it will certainly help him shine above the bushy-tailed rookies.\r\n\r\nThanks for reading!\r\n\r\nYou can follow me @LukeBraunNFL on Twitter, or follow @PurplePTSD or @vikingterritory for more Vikings content!