Vikings beat writer Matt Vensel and Digital Sports Editor Michael Rand are bringing all you football enthusiasts another way to stay connected to the purple. Consider this podcast to be similar to any Vikings season: full of ups and downs, but never boring.
Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the latest around the Vikings. Intro: Plenty of questions came out of the 17-10 exhibition win in Buffalo, mostly surrounding a retooled offense. (7:00) Starting with the offensive line. (15:00) Impressions of Dalvin Cook and his usage. (23:00) Who impressed? (26:00) Who needs to show more? (33:00) Up next: Blair Walsh and the Seahawks. (39:00) Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater in a Twitter mailbag.
Intro: On this Access Vikings podcast, we introduce Ben Goessling as our new Vikings beat writer. 1:30: Goessling and Andrew Krammer recap three big contract extensions the Vikings completed to keep the defense together. 17:00: All offense on the camp observations: Michael Floyd, Stefon Diggs, Dalvin Cook. 31:00: Senator Al Franken and his son, Joe, join to talk Vikings fandom, memories and their final camp trip to Mankato.
Intro: What did we learn from Teddy Bridgewater's first news conference in almost a year? 12:00: Everson Griffen got an extension. Who's next? Apparently not Sam Bradford. 22:00: A fond farewell for Matt Vensel on his last Access Vikings podcast. 30:00: An extended run of very good Twitter questions.
Open: Michael Floyd's suspension, Teddy without a brace and the final training camp in Mankato; 20:00: The highly controversial 17 most important Vikings of 2017; 40:00: Position battles to watch at camp. 48:00: Twitter questions!
Intro: Breaking down what we learned during OTAs and minicamp; three hot takes (and a couple really hot ones) about the Vikings; will this be the last training camp in Mankato?
Intro: What did we learn from OTAs so far: 15:00: Who are Vikings candidates to break out and bounce back this year? Are they going 'backwards' as one NFL executive said? 31:00: Which Viking would you want to take a long car ride with? 40:00: Twitter questions.
Intro: What did we learn about Teddy Bridgewater's recovery and Mike Zimmer's eye in the last two weeks? 26:00: More nuggets from OTAs, including the configuration of the rebuilt offensive line and picking your ideal Viking roommate. 45:00: Your good questions.
Intro: Vikings coach Mike Zimmer had a lot of interesting things to say at rookie minicamp, including optimism about Teddy Bridgewater's eventual return. What does it mean? 16:00: Get to know the Vikings rookies. 25:00: Will Zimmer be tougher on his players this year? 32:00: Marion Barber II gets his college degree. 35:00: 8.5 wins -- over or under for the Vikings?
Intro: Columnist Chip Scoggins joins. We go pick-by-pick recapping the Vikings' 11-man draft class for 2017. (19:15) Our thoughts on Rick Spielman's trade-heavy approach that landed nine Day 3 picks. (26:30) The MMQB's Robert Klemko joins to discuss his profile on Dalvin Cook, a potential star with off-field concerns. (40:00) What will the backfield look like with Cook, Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon? (45:20) What about the new guys and openings on defense? (50:15) We attempt to answer your Twitter questions.
Intro: A look at the Vikings' major areas of need in the draft; 20:00: Matt Vensel's round-by-round Vikings mock draft. 38:00: All-time Vikings draft steals. 43:00: Wait, Adrian Peterson might sign with the Saints and play against the Vikings in week 1?
Open: Catching up on significant recent news, including Teddy Bridgewater's throwing video and Sharrif Floyd's injury update; 18:00: Draft expert Matt Miller of Bleacher Report checks in on Vikings options, including controversial running back Joe Mixon; 40:00: Twitter questions galore.
Intro: Breaking down the Latavius Murray signing and what it means for Adrian Peterson. 16:00: A lot of free agents decided not to sign with the Vikings. Why? 21:00: A bunch of them did sign, though. Are the Vikings better now than they were last year? 30:00: What holes are left to fill and who would start if the season began right now?
Intro: Looking at the Vikings' two new offensive tackles; 12:00 -- so how are the Vikings doing in free agency? 22:00 -- Why didn't Alshon Jeffery sign here? 28:00 -- What about Eddie Lacy vs. Adrian Peterson; 34:00 -- A lot of Vikings players are leaving, and Rhett Ellison's dad spouted off about the organization.
Intro: With free agency starting Thursday, what exactly are the Vikings going to do. So many teams need offensive linemen, just like them. 20:00: And then there's the question of what happens with Adrian Peterson. 32:00: Giving retiring LB Chad Greenway his due.
Intro: Taking a look at the ripple effect of news that the Vikings won't pick up Adrian Peterson's option. 13:00: Story lines out of the NFL Combine with free agency looming next week. 30:00: Strengths and weaknesses by position at the NFL Draft.
Open: Columnist Chip Scoggins joins. Does he sound like Tony Gwynn? 2:55: The guys take control of the Vikings' reins for an 'ideal' offseason. 6:10: How much should go into a Xavier Rhodes extension? 9:20: On the Adrian Peterson decision. 18:30: Who to keep among Vikings' free agents? Captain Munnerlyn? Cordarrelle Patterson? 30:50: Into free agency, where a few tackles intrigue. Andrew Whitworth? Rick Wagner? 40:11: Mocking a Vikings draft after all our moves. Still an offensive lineman with the first pick? Where do they invest in a running back? 48:55: Plan at QB? Pick up Teddy Bridgewater's option? Extend Sam Bradford? 51:30: We're $45 million over the cap.
Open: What do the Vikings have to do to be this year's Falcons and get to the Super Bowl Minneapolis is hosting next year? 22:00: What will it be like to have the Super Bowl here? 31:00: Maureen Bausch, CEO of Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, joins. 45:00: Your questions.
Intro: What have we learned from the playoffs so far and is Sam Bradford ELITE; 15:00 -- Dane Brugler of CBS Sports joins to talk NFL draft and the Vikings options. 35:00 -- Breaking down Andrew Krammer's team grades. 43:00 -- Listener questions.
Part II of our massive season-ending podcast: Five burning offseason questions. Which Vikings will stay and which will go? What are the biggest positions of need to address in the draft and free agency?
Intro: Breaking down Vikings coach Mike Zimmer's comment that Sam Bradford has earned the right to start. 20:00: What about Pat Shurmur, Adrian Peterson and other decisions? 35:00: Season awards. 42:00 Drew Magary joins and tries not to swear.