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Minnesota Vikings News and Links: July 4th and 5th, 2020

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Weekend Open Thread

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Good Morning!

It’s going to be a great weekend of grilled meat and fireworks. 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 the weekend, you should get all your outdoor chores done early, fire up the smoker or grill, and have a beer or two.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

NFLPA votes to have no games this preseason per Chris.

Vikings news from other sources:

From Vikings.com: The Voice of the Vikings, Paul Allen, joined ‘NFL Now’ to talk about RB Dalvin Cook’s contract situation, QB Kirk Cousins’ career-season in 2019 and expectations for him and the offense in 2020, and more.

Xs and Os: How 3 Draftees Could Impact Vikings Defensive Line.

On this edition of the Pick 6 Mailbag hosted by Paul Allen, PA takes a stroll down memory lane and looks back on his favorite non-Vikings player to watch play over the years, his favorite road city to visit in the NFL, plays that stand out during his nearly two decades of calling Vikings games, and more.

League News:

Consistent with the weekend thread, I’ll post league news in the comments section.

We come to today’s media selection:
Jimi Hendrix - The Star-Spangled Banner (Live at Woodstock 1969, remastered)

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, try the freedom and Welcome Aboard!

Topic of the day: With the limited preseason, do you think the UDFA’s and lower round draftees will get a complete evaluation by the coaching staff or are they going to miss a gem or two due to the compressed offseason?