Minnesota Vikings General Thread

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  1. Don Wassall

    Don Wassall Administrator Staff Member

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    Gotta like a team that has Adam Thielen as a star receiver and two other White receivers in the mix to be the third receiver:

    Vikings coach Mike Zimmer mentioned Blake Proehl as a candidate for the No. 3 receiver role. An undrafted free agent, Proehl is competing with Chad Beebe, KJ Osborn, Olabisi Johnson and fifth-rounder Ihmir Smith-Marsette. The Vikings rarely feature their third receiver, but that could change with Kyle Rudolph gone. Proehl, who had a 47/577/4 line in nine games for ECU last year, would have late round Dynasty value if he finds his way into three-wide sets.

    TE Tyler Conklin is another player to keep an eye on. DWFs assume Irv Smith is going to take over the starting tight end spot with Kyle Rudolph leaving but such may not necessarily be the case:

    Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said TE Tyler Conklin "emerged as a guy that's moving upward." Zimmer expects a "bigger role" for Conklin this season. The Vikings moved on from Kyle Rudolph, leaving Conklin to pick up his snaps behind Irv Smith. That should lead to significant playing time, as Minnesota ran 12 personnel on 43.5% of plays last year. Conklin flashed late in 2020 with both Rudolph and Smith sidelined. The 2018 fifth-rounder doesn't have standalone value but is a hedge for Smith drafters.
     
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    Blake Proehl was a steal as an UDFA. There's no way he shouldn't have been drafted. He's got speed and great hands. He's a good candidate for the flanker position as a deep threat.

    I'd have taken him as high as the 2nd round. If he gets a fair shot he could be a good starter.
     
  3. Don Wassall

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    Here are some Blake Proehl highlights from JustBombProductions, which seems to be the most popular highlight producing channel going by views. The comments keep calling him Adam Thielen 2.0, but in this case it's an apt comparison, Blake's size and playing style indeed is like Adam's. Now that Belichick is trying a "new way," let's hope the Vikings, Rams and maybe one or two other teams will at least be semi-fair to a few of the abundant number of qualified White receivers who deserve a shot in the NFL.

    And if bloodlines mean anything, this kid should get a good look in the NFL. Those of us who have been watching this anti-White league through clear eyes for a long time well remember the dark days when Ricky Proehl was the only White starting WR in the entire league.

     
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    From an article making predictions about the Vikings. They have so many White receivers in training camp that you gotta hope they end up with three on the roster. Proehl and Beebe in addition to Thielen would be nice to see:

    And as far as Mr. Mankato, the designation for an underdog who rises during training camp? Graff is betting on Blake Proehl. I love that the bit that started from the former radio station 1500 ESPN continues even if the team hasn't gone to Mankato [for training camp since 2017]. The goal essentially is to identify the rookie that wasn't a Day 1 or 2 draft pick that breaks out most in camp and sets themselves up for a roster spot. Some second-year players are eligible. But I'm taking Proehl, the undrafted free agent the Vikings valued most, the receiver they rewarded with six figures in guaranteed money. Proehl claims that he's modeled his game after Adam Thielen and he's looking for a similar success story. The Vikings badly need wide receivers to step up behind Thielen and Justin Jefferson, and Proehl is a top contender. https://www.vikings.com/news/dede-westbrook-kellen-mond-mr-mankato-nomination
     
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    Yes three of a kind like in Poker. The Vikings have replaced the Patriots as my favorite team to watch. Hoping for the 3 greengo amigos to all be on the team at wideout. I'm happy
    about Funk going to the Rams but I was hoping he would have wound up on the Vikings. They will still be one of the better teams to watch!
     

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