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Minnesota Vikings News and Links: June 12th, 2019

It’s your Hump Day Open Thread

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Good Morning!

Mandatory minicamp continues today and tomorrow, look for meaningful quotes from the coaches and players to tide us over until training camp opens in July. Cap space isn’t as tight as it once was with the Rudolph extension, we’ll have to find something else to stress about. Meanwhile we’ll carry on with our news and links open thread full of beer recommendations, nap strategies, crock pot and smoker recipes. Drop by for some fan wisdom, snark and go ahead and have an early coffee break, it’s Wednesday.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Wludford with Mike Zimmer: Can he put it all together?

Ted takes a look at some key positional battles heading towards training camp.

Vikings news from other sources:

From General Manager Rick Spielman introduced TE Kyle Rudolph, who agreed to terms on a contract extension earlier this week.

Head Coach Mike Zimmer addressed the media from the TCO Performance Center on Tuesday and discussed Rudolph’s deal, the team’s plan on how to use multiple TE’s, evolution of the LB position.

WR Stefon Diggs addressed the media from the TCO Performance Center on Tuesday.

3 observations from minicamp No. 1: Vikings playmakers step up for short-handed offense.

Jalyn Holmes, Jaleel Johnson could provide extra push for Vikings defensive line.

Matthew Coller at writes the Vikings make the right move agreeing to Rudolph extension.

League news:

Giants HC Pat Shurmur: Eli is starter, but Jones getting ready to play.

Houston Texans HC Bill O’Brien punts on discussing Texans GM firing.

Saints signing Cameron Jordan to three-year extension.

Le’Veon Bell returns to skipping Jetsvoluntary OTAs.

Jalen Ramsey says he won’t get an extension this year.

We come to today’s media selection: Randall McDaniel Induction Video

Again, 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 the bad language to a minimum (using the spoiler tags, if you must)
-Speaking of which, if discussing a newer show or movie, please use spoiler tags
-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 waiter, try the apples and Welcome Aboard!