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Monday Open Thread: July 31, 2017

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Last day of July, which means August, which means preseason football

Chicago Bears v Minnesota Vikings Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

Merry Monday, everyone!

Hey, it was a whirlwind tour into and out of Mankato, but I made it & had a good time. Many thanks to Supavike for the hospitality (even though I couldn't make it up there for the party). In the little bit of practice I got to see, and from talking to others around camp, it looks like the standouts at camp so far are Michael Floyd (Man, I hope that BS Kombucha defense sticks), Laquon Treadwell, and Danielle Hunter.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Chris continues Minnesota Vikings by the numbers with one of the all-time Viking greats at number 40, and also number 39. He also recapped the 40s.

Ted observed the O line changes at training camp.

Saxyprince looked at the defensive line depth chart.

Di put together a gallery of pics for training camp.

The Vikings finalized an extension with our shutdown corner, Xavier Rhodes.

There may be more contract extensions on the horizon, per Chris.

Vikings news from other sources:

From Vikings.com, there's a press conference with Xavier Rhodes, and a whole lot of other videos in the media vault. Wobby opened the Monday Morning Mailbag.

News from around the league:

Bill Barnwell at ESPN has 5 NFL teams most likely to decline this year.

From the Mothership, at the Jags training camp, Blake Bortles is completing lots of passes......to the defense.

Former Raiders DB Dave Grayson died at the age of 78, from Fox Sports.

We come to our media selection.

Here's the classic from Brewer and Shipley, with a little twist from the open thread classsic, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

We all know the rules, but in case someone is new:

-No discussion of politics or religion

-No feeding of the trolls

-This isn't a male version of The View, so leave the gender hatred at the door

-Keep vulgar language to a minimum, using spoiler tags if you must

-No pictures that could get someone fired or in serious trouble with their employer

-If you can't disagree in a civil manner, feel free to go away

-While navigating the open thread, just assume it's sarcasm

With that, the beer light is on and the bar is open. Belly up & tie one on. Don't forget to tip your waitress, & try the liver & onions.