Chase Miller of 740 The Fan out of Fargo was kind enough to have me on the airwaves in my old stomping grounds to talk about the Vikings right before Training Camp gets underway this week.
Sadly, we had to start with the sudden passing of Offensive Line Coach Tony Sparano. We briefly discussed the outpouring of kind words about Sparano from all parts of the NFL and how the team will try to move forward without him.
The offensive line already had some question marks before Sunday’s tragic news, so we discussed which positions might be up for grabs along the line as we head into camp. We talked about other position battles to watch for in Eagan, including those at kicker and the nickel corner.
Speaking of Eagan, this of course marks the first time in over half a century that the Vikings won’t be setting up shop in Mankato to start their preseason. I talked about how I’ll miss the “Summer Camp” feel of Minnesota State, the new digs at the TCO Peformance Center will be better for a variety of reasons.
After MSU-Mankato alum Adam Thielen made the leap from the practice squad to NFL, we discuss who the next Thielen might be in a crowded Vikings wide receiver room, including Concordia-Moorhead alum Brandon Zylstra.
Finally, we wrapped up with talking about the importance of signing Trevor Siemian to back up Kirk Cousins, especially given the injury history at the position for the Vikings. While this team will likely go as far as Cousins can take them, it’s nice to have a backup with starting experience if he’s needed at some point during the season.
You can listen to the full interview here and even download it if you so choose. Thanks again to Chase and 740 The Fan for having me on. While the Sparano news has certainly cast a shadow over the week, I’m still incredibly excited to cover all things Vikings Training Camp