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,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 Minnesota Vikings Jerseys 2019
, 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, 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 Alexander Mattison Jersey nfl draft
, 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, 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 Alexander Mattison Jersey Cheap
, 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. And could have made himself a big part of the Vikings’ future"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Vikings 2018 SeasonVikings 2019 OffseasonU.S. Bank StadiumMinnesota Vikings PodcastsMinnesota Vikings 2019 OffseasonMackensie Alexander made a huge leap in 2018New,149commentsAnd could have made himself a big part of the Vikings’ futureCSTShareTweetShareShareMackensie Alexander made a huge leap in 2018Tim Fuller-USA TODAY SportsYear Three was shaping up to be a big year in the career of Minnesota Vikings’ cornerback Mackensie Alexander. After not seeing much time as a rookie in 2016, he had an up-and-down year in 2017 while attempting to make the transition to the slot cornerback role in the Vikings’ defense. With first-round pick Mike Hughes breathing down his neck, Alexander’s role was limited in the early stages of the season.After Hughes tore his ACL Alexander Mattison Jersey Womens
, however, Alexander. . .who had finally decided to embrace the role of slot corner rather than resist it. . .stepped up in a huge way. The folks from ESPN have identified one player that “leveled up” for each team in 2018, and Alexander was the selection for the Vikings. Here’s the case made by ESPN Vikings writer Courtney Cronin:Alexander was a real force in the second half of the season, as Cronin details. Frankly, you could make the case for him being the best defensive back on the squad after the halfway point. When the Vikings took Alexander in the second round in 2016, he was viewed as a steal, but his struggles in 2016 and 2017 made it difficult to project his trajectory going forward.With a defensive backfield as strong as Minnesota’s is, it will be interesting to see how the team will handle the corners going forward. Xavier Rhodes fought injuries all year in 2018 Alexander Mattison Minnesota Vikings Jerseys
, and though Trae Waynes has developed nicely, there are still those that don’t exactly believe in him. Add in the return of Hughes and the solid play of Holton Hill from his rookie campaign, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a more talented group of corners anywhere.Alexander is going into the final year of his contract in 2019, so if he wants to be a part of the Minnesota defense in the future, he’s going to need to pick up where he left off in 2018.