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Minnesota Vikings News and Links: April 2, 2019

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Another O-lineman is added, and the front office broadens the search to overseas as they seek to find new talent

Minnesota Vikings Introduce Mike Zimmer Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Merry Tuesday, everyone!

Hey, the Vikings signed another offensive lineman yesterday, and while it wasn’t a big-named signing, it did add one more player to the O-line group, and it is being reported that there are officials in the Vikings front office who have mentioned the possibility of the team actually having enough linemen to field an entire five-man position group by opening day. While that sentiment is definitely not the majority view, there were at least two in the Vikings FO who mentioned the long-shot possibility. One official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, also provided some reassurance to the growing number of fans who are expressing concern about the O-line. “Fans need to remember that these guys are athletes. In t-ball, if you don’t have enough guys to field an entire team, you just go without a rover and play three outfielders. Heck, those kids don’t complain, and they aren’t professional athletes,they don’t get paid, and they cover a LOT of ground out there. If they can do it, you can bet that our guys can do it. If we only have four linemen on opening day, those four men will be ready to go, they’ll go the extra mile and do a bit more running if that’s what it takes to win. They don’t even have that much ground to cover when you think about it. It’s nowhere near as hard as being a center fielder on a day when there are only two guys playing outfield. You ever see that? Man, those kids run their tails off. These O-linemen only have a small space to cover, it won’t be a problem at all. I honestly don’t know why we feel the need to use five guys for that little area, anyway. I mean, they’re big and all, but they aren’t all slow. I’ll tell you what, some of those guys can really move when they want to. No, you tell those fans that we’re going to be just fine, they’re worrying over nothing. If they don’t believe me, they should just go watch a t-ball game in some small town on a day when only 8 kids show up for a game. You watch how those kids go out there and play, and you’ll know what I’m talking about.”

(None of the above is true, to the best of my knowledge, other than portions of the first sentence or two, and that isn’t really guaranteed, either. The entire rambling paragraph was the creation of a mind that is tired, but is also attached to a stubborn human that is still in a good mood, despite the fatigue.)

Around the DN since our last open thread:

As mentioned above, the Vikings re-signed C/G Brett Jones, per Warren. See? Warren must have heard that same anonymous front office guy, he has Jones playing the C/G position. That’s all you have to do when you only have four linemen. Instead of having a center and two guards, you just have two guys play C/G. Simple fix.

MarkSP18 is the GM of the Vikings in the 2019 SB Nation Community Mock Draft.

Vikings folks were in attendance at a workout for international prospects, from Chris.

Chris continues to maintain your Vikings Free Agency tracker.

Vikings news from other sources, news from around the NFL, and anything else I can find.

At Vikings.com, Wobby opens the Monday Morning Mailbag, and the guys on the NFLN project the NFL ceilings for the top O-line prospects in the 2019 draft.

From the rumor mill on SI.com, Gruden and Mayock may be looking for Carr’s replacement, and we may see more big NFL trades prior to draft day.

We come to today’s media selection:

As Vikings fans, it’s true that we’ve had some......rough endings to seasons. However, it’s also true that we have had the pleasure of cheering for Vikings players who were the absolute best of their time, or possibly, the best to ever play their positions. Guys like Moss, Carter, and the guy in the video below. He is one of our players from the recent past who is easily an all-time top 10 running back, and was THE best to play the position when he was wearing purple and gold. Adrian Peterson was a lot of fun to watch, enjoy!

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