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Minnesota Vikings News and Links: June 15th and 16th, 2019

Weekend and Father’s Day Open Thread

Tennessee Titans v Minnesota Vikings Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

Good Morning!

Today’s media selection and lead photo is of my favorite Vikings players, Percy Harvin. I forget how electric he was until I see one of these highlight tapes. Hope you’re having a great weekend, unless you’re at work like I am. Tomorrow is Father’s Day, give your dad a call (if you’re able) and fire up that grill for some delicious slow cooked meat. We’re planning on either a smoked brisket or burgers, either way mine will be cold by the time I get home. Meanwhile we’ll catch up on our NFC North opponents and then carry on with our news and links thread full of beer recommendations, nap strategies, crock pot and smoker recipes. Drop by for some fan wisdom, snark and have another beer, it’s the weekend!

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Chris has the news that TE David Morgan recently underwent knee surgery.

Norse Code Podcast Episode 277: The Rudolph Extension hosted by Arif and James.

Vikings news from other sources:

From RB Dalvin Cook was wired for sound during an OTA practice last week.

Lunch break: Pro Football HOF agrees ‘in principle’ to centennial class.

Notebook: WR Adam Thielen describes non-vacation mindset heading into break.

Gary Kubiak is enjoying a different role with the Vikings, impressed by QB Kirk Cousins and Offensive Coordinator Kevin Stefanski.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero explores what Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph’s contract extension means for rookie TE Irv Smith Jr. in 2019.

NFC North Roundup:

At Pride of Detroit the Detroit Lions secondary is crazy fast.

Statistical breakdown of T.J. Hockenson rookie expectations.

Detroit Lions final OTA observations: Offense finishes strong over defense.

The Detroit Lions were particularly boring in 2018.

At Windy City Gridiron The Bear’s Den, June 14, 2019 (great list of links here IMO)

Bears sign rookie David Montgomery.

Bears sign FA guard Jordan McCray.

NFC North roster comparisons: Tight Ends.

Over at Acme Packing Company Packers’ team-building activity for Thursday was paintball, and Josh Jackson is ready.

Cheese Curds, 6/14: Packers’ defense impressing as team breaks for the summer.

Three Packers players appear on Pro Football Focus’ Top 50 list for 2019.

League news:

Consistent with the weekend news and links I’ll post league news in the comments.

We come to today’s media selection: Percy Harvin 2009 highlights

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
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-No pictures that could get someone fired or in serious trouble with their employer
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-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 ice water and Welcome Aboard.


Harrison Smith has one of the starting safety positions locked down, who will be the other starter this season?

This poll is closed

  • 78%
    Ant Harris
    (186 votes)
  • 16%
    Jayron Kearse
    (39 votes)
  • 2%
    Marcus Epps
    (6 votes)
  • 1%
    Derron Smith
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Micah Abernathy
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    someone not listed, likely a FA safety
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    someone else, put your answer in the comments
    (1 vote)
236 votes total Vote Now