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Minnesota Vikings News and Links: April 17th and 18th, 2021

Weekend Open Thread

Minnesota Vikings v San Francisco 49ers Photo by George Rose/Getty Images

Good Morning!

Meanwhile, we’ll carry on with our news and links open thread full of crockpot recipes, nap strategies and beer recommendations; drop by for some fan wisdom, snark and it’s the weekend, time to fire up that mock draft simulator, bonus: we’re getting closer to the draft with every passing day.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Minnesota Vikings 2021 Offseason Activity Tracker. All the moves the Vikings are making in one place.

Vikings news from other sources:

From Lunchbreak: McShay Lists OL, DE as Vikings Top 2021 Draft Needs.

Pierce Plans to Stuff Runs & Bolster His Pass Rush for 2021 Vikings.

DT Michael Pierce addressed the media from the TCO Performance Center on Wednesday: Discusses Taking Last Year Off and Watching From Afar, How He Fits In Zimmer’s Defense, Playing Next To Tomlinson Next Season and More.

League News:

Charles Davis 2021 NFL mock draft 1.0: Falcons pick Justin Fields to succeed Matt Ryan.

Browns release DT Sheldon Richardson, save $11 million in cap space.

Justin Fields skepticism is baffling; top five unicorns in the 2021 NFL Draft.

NFC Roster Reset: Conference hierarchy heading into 2021 NFL Draft.

From ESPN: Coach, broadcaster, esports icon: Inside the legacy of John Madden
(it was his birthday on April 10th)

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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 from a safe distance, try the brisket, and Welcome Aboard!