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Minnesota Vikings News and Links: June 18th, 2020

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Thorsday Open Thread

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Good Morning, It’s Thorsday!

Your Thorsday Open Thread is up, running, and ready for business. I’m off service for the next seven days so I’ll be online again more often. It finally quit raining after nine days so the lawn is screaming to get mowed, some league and Vikings news below so let’s get to it. Meanwhile we’ll carry on with our news and links full of crockpot recipes, nap strategies and beer recommendations; drop by for some fan wisdom, snark and it’s Thorsday - I was informed this is cultural appropriation, but I’m not smart and still don’t know what that means.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Report: NFL practice squads could be expanding even further. Chris notes this is in response to potential COVID-19 fears.

Here’s where you can pre-order Madden NFL 21!

Norse Code Podcast Episode 326: Defund the RB. Arif and James are back to talk about the confirmed holdout by Dalvin Cook and the NFL’s about-face and “encouragement” on signing Colin Kaepernick. Also can James successfully swing Arif as a weapon in a fight? All this and the mailbag on this episode of Norse Code!

Luft Krigare posted: Kirk Cousins Ranked 16th? - CTPN Quick Shots. The guys from Pocket Protectors talk PFF’s analysis of the 32 starting QB’s this year and Kirk Cousins’ ranking amongst them. They also get into ranking Vikings QB’s throughout history.

Unbelievable! - Still Cookin’ BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss Dalvin Cook, the Wilf Ownership Regime, Ezra Cleveland and more!

Vikings news from other sources:

From Vikings.com Offensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach Gary Kubiak addressed the media via a video conference call on Wednesday on Dalvin Cook’s Value and Importance, Vision For Jefferson’s Role, Year Two For Irv Smith Jr., and More.

Special Teams Coordinator Marwan Maalouf addressed the media via a video conference call on Wednesday and Discussed Punt Return Candidates and Need To Improve There, Continuity with Specialists, Preparing Rookie Class, More.

Lunchbreak: Kyle Rudolph & Harrison Smith Make ESPN’s NFC North All-Decade Team.

Judd Zulgad at SkorNorth.com ponders: No sweat: Dalvin Cook’s absence won’t cause Gary Kubiak to abandon run.

League News:

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn: Colin Kaepernick definitely fits Chargers’ system.

CardinalsKyler Murray says he plans to kneel during 2020 season.

NFL working to refine COVID-19 protocols, testing guidelines.

NFL pioneer Fritz Pollard’s life story more relevant than ever.

We come to today’s media selection: Deep Purple - Smoke on the Water

Again, we all know the rules, but in case someone is new:
-No discussion of politics or religion
-No feeding of the trolls
-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 wash your hands, tip your waiter well and Welcome Aboard!

Question of the Day: Should the NFL expand the practice squad and game day rosters in response to Covid 19?