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And there could be more Vikings connections"18 SeasonVikings 2019 OffseasonU.S. Bank StadiumMinnesota Vikings PodcastsDaily Norseman readers select Salt Lake Stallions as our adopted AAF teamNew Replica Armon Watts Jersey ,18commentsAnd there could be more Vikings connectionsCSTShareTweetShareShareDaily Norseman readers select Salt Lake Stallions as our adopted AAF teamRaj Mehta-USA TODAY SportsLadies and gentlemen, our readers have spoken, and we have decided which of the teams in the new Alliance of American Football (AAF) we’ll be paying a bit more attention to than the rest this season.There were 1,357 votes cast over the course of the past couple of days, and the overwhelming winner of our poll was the Salt Lake Stallions. Salt Lake came away with 555 of those votes, giving them just shy of 41% of all the votes cast. The only other team that managed to crack double digits was the Arizona Hotshots, who wound up at 18%.As we detailed in our initial post, there are four players with connections to the Minnesota Vikings on the Salt Lake roster, most notably running back Matt Asiata. However, there could potentially be more connections going forward. How so?Well, as was pointed out a few times in the comments section of our poll post Stitched Armon Watts Jersey , apparently each AAF team has an affiliation with four NFL teams. If a player is released from an NFL team, is not claimed by another NFL team, and signs with the AAF, he will be assigned to the team that club is affiliated with. So, if the Vikings were to cut a player and he were to wind up with the AAF, he would be assigned to the Stallions.The Smoking Musket, SB Nation’s site for West Virginia sports, explains it this way:According to the AAF page on Reddit, the Stallions’ other NFL affiliates are the Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, and Seattle Seahawks. As far as the other NFC North teams Armon Watts Minnesota Vikings Jerseys , the Chicago Bears are affiliated with the Arizona Hotshots, while the Detroit Lions are affiliated with the San Diego Fleet.Each AAF team is also affiliated with colleges around their local area, and some of the more productive pro-producing programs in college football. The affiliates for the Stallions are, in alphabetical order:Air ForceArkansasBoise StateBrigham YoungCalifornia-BerkeleyColorado StateDixie State (?)IdahoIdaho StateNorthern ColoradoOklahoma StateOregonSouthern UtahUtahUtah StateWeber StateWyomingThat means that a player from any of those schools that did not make it to the NFL and signed with the AAF would be allocated to the Stallions.Each AAF team also has one CFL affiliation. The Stallions’ CFL connection is with the Calgary Stampeders.So, we’re hitching our wagon to the team from Salt Lake, it would appear. Their first game doesn’t happen until Sunday, when they’ll be taking on the Arizona Hotshots. It’s not going to be easy to replace him"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Vikings 2018 SeasonVikings 2019 OffseasonU.S. Bank StadiumMinnesota Vikings PodcastsMinnesota Vikings 2019 OffseasonMarcus Sherels highlights and why his loss is a big dealNew,98commentsIt’s not going to be easy to replace himCDTShareTweetShareShareMarcus Sherels highlights and why his loss is a big dealBruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY SportsYesterday, we brought you the news that long-time Minnesota Vikings punt returner Marcus Sherels was leaving the team to sign a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints. The purpose of this particular post is two-fold.First, I wanted to share this Marcus Sherels highlight video that the artist known as “funkydunkleman” put together after last season. It’s pretty sweet and gives us quite a few of the big plays that Sherels provided over his time with the Vikings as a punt returner, not just the touchdowns.In the wake of the news yesterday Minnesota Vikings Jerseys Stitched , I said on the Twitters that I hoped that the Vikings had a solid plan in place to replace Sherels, and I was surprised by at least some of the replies that had sort of a “we can just throw anyone back there” mentality. I strongly disagree with that assessment, and I think that the loss of Sherels could, potentially, be as big as any loss this team has this offseason.Punt returning is not something that just anyone can do, and certainly not at a high level. Over the course of the past decade, the Vikings have been blessed with a couple of the best kickoff returners in recent history in Percy Harvin and Cordarrelle Patterson. Given the number of moments that they provided us, it’s easy to see that they had the ability to be great kick return artists.Over the course of their NFL careers, those two men have combined for a total of one punt return. Why? Because returning punts is a whole different animal and requires a whole different skill set than returning kickoffs does. I remember the Vikings trying to get Harvin prepped to return punts during a couple of preseasons, but he never wound up doing it. That’s because there’s more to it than just sticking a fast guy back there and assuming that he can do the job. There’s as much involved before the catch as there is afterwards. Sherels showed that he had that ability to know when he had the opportunity to make something happen and when to just throw his hand up and take the fair catch.Remember those games that Sherels missed this past season and the Vikings were putting guys like Chad Beebe and Brandon Zylstra back there? And it took about one punt for all of us to start holding our breath every time the opposing team brought on their punter because we weren’t quite sure what was going to happen? Yeah. . .we didn’t have that issue with Marcus Sherels back there. In his eight years as the Vikings’ punt returner, Sherels also averaged about one fumble per year Armon Watts Jersey nfl draft , which is not a bad rate for punt returners, all things considered.Do the Vikings have guys on their current roster that they can plug into the punt return spot? Well, yeah, they do. We know that Mike Hughes returned punts in college, and could slide into that role again. . .unless his role in the defense increases, in which case I don’t think Mike Zimmer would want to risk him in that capacity. I’m sure that there are some other players on the roster with that sort of experience, too.But until someone in a purple jersey shows that they have the ability to do the job to the level that Sherels did it, it’s hard for me to chalk this up as anything but a significant loss. I suppose there’s a chance I might be making too big a deal about this, but I honestly don’t think that I am.