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Minnesota Vikings News and Links: July 23rd and 24th, 2021

Weekend Open Thread

NFL: Minnesota Vikings OTA Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Good Morning!

So, anything interesting happen yesterday? I was working couldn’t really login much except on my phone...checks the front page....oh yeah, that. I have to say I was expecting a full blown stadium debate, Ponder v Webb or AP child abuse meltdown thread (some of you will remember those) none of that really materialized and in a way provided me with a mixture of disappointment and relief. Training camp starts next week, and for some reason I can’t find the schedule, so if someone would post it in the comments that would be great.

Getting Dede Westbrook as a WR3 would be a fantastic move for the Vikings. He’s a proven player and provides an upgrade over any other WR on the roster not named Jefferson or Thielen.

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 the smoker and start chilling the beer, or go to work.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Chris ponders: Vikings o-line coach Rick Dennison (not quite) fired for refusing COVID-19 vaccine...or did they.

Are the Vikings on the verge of signing WR Dede Westbrook?
(yes please)

Vikings news from other sources:

From Vikings.com: 3 Key Vikings Training Camp Questions: Competitions Abound & Eyes on Return Games.

Lunchbreak: Hunter’s Health, Darrisaw’s Readiness & Secondary Top CBS’ List of Vikings Unknowns.

Xs & Os: Leber Sees ‘So Much Untapped Talent’ in Vikings TE Zach Davidson.

League News:

Three reasons why Cowboys could be legit Super Bowl contenders; top five off-ball linebackers.

Davante Adams, Packers at odds after breaking off long-term extension talks.

Saints WR Michael Thomas expected to miss start of 2021 season after undergoing ankle surgery.

Patriots co-OL coach Cole Popovich no longer on staff due to COVID-19 requirements.

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 the cows and Welcome Aboard!