4:40 AM EDT, Thu April 02, 2020
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Minnesota Vikings News and Links: April 2nd, 2020

Minnesota Vikings News and Links: April 2nd, 2020

Thorsday Open Thread Good Morning, It’s Thorsday! I’m back on service for the next seven days so links and stuff up here might get limited depending on what time I get home and how exposed I am....that’s a joke son. I’ve enjoyed the last seven days off with mrs_rob, huge bummer her business had to close due to social distancing restrictions mandated by the government because of Covid 19, but she’s resilient and has time to figure out what else she wants to do. Meanwhile we’ll carry on with our news and links full of crockpot recipes, nap strategies and beer recommendations;...
5 hours ago
Vikings Next Man Up: WR Bisi Johnson

Vikings Next Man Up: WR Bisi Johnson

Photo by Adam Bettcher/ Second in a series on promising young players on the Vikings roster Olabisi Johnson is what became of one of Rick Spielman’s treasured 7th round picks last season. The #247 pick overall, Johnson competed for a roster spot with a handful of other Day 3 picks, veteran free agent pick-ups, and former first-round pick Laquon Treadwell. But when the final cuts were made, those guys came up short and it was Johnson who emerged with a coveted roster spot. But Johnson wasn’t done yet. He ultimately parlayed that roster spot into third on the WR depth chart, and...
9 hours ago
The Minnesota Vikings 2020 NFL Draft hats have officially dropped!

The Minnesota Vikings 2020 NFL Draft hats have officially dropped!

Fanatics And they’re pretty sweet! Every year, one of the highlights of the NFL Draft is Roger Goodell calling a draftee’s name and seeing them walk up on stage to get a sweet new hat depicting their new team. With the situation we’re currently in with social distancing and everything else, we won’t get to see that this year, unfortunately. However, you can get one of the 2020 NFL Draft hats for yourself, and I must say that the model for the Minnesota Vikings looks pretty sweet. Most years the Draft hats are kind of on the ugly side, but the current models that you can see below...
10 hours ago
Dalvin Cook, Danielle Hunter to donate “Madden” checks to North Memorial Hospital

Dalvin Cook, Danielle Hunter to donate “Madden” checks to North Memorial Hospital

Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports The money will go towards protective equipment A pair of Minnesota Vikings stars are making some big donations for a very worthy cause. Just a short time ago, running back Dalvin Cook announced that he was taking his check that he will be getting from Electronic Arts for the Madden NFL series of games and donating it to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale to help them purchase protective gear for the men and women that work there. I want to say THANK YOU to those who continue to put their lives on the line each day & fight COVID-19. To MN's...
12 hours ago
NFl planning on full 2020 season, schedule to be released around May 9

NFl planning on full 2020 season, schedule to be released around May 9

Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Optimistic? Maybe, but that’s okay. While nobody knows anything for certain given the current state of affairs, it certainly sounds like the National Football League is pretty optimistic about how things are going to be in about five months. In a conference call on Tuesday, league officials stated that they were planning on a full 2020 NFL season, that the season would start on time, and that all of the currently planned international games would go on as scheduled. The league also announced that they anticipate the 2020 schedule will be...
17 hours ago
Skolcial Distancing: What’s everybody reading?

Skolcial Distancing: What’s everybody reading?

Photo by JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP via Break out the books! Hey, everyone! I apologize for letting this series drop off a bit, but since it looks like we’re in for a bit more Skolcial Distancing in the midst of the coronavirus situation, it looks like I’d better pick it back up again. We’ve already looked at the worlds of television and video games for what we’re doing while we’re sheltering in place, but now it’s time to move on to a different realm. If you’re a reader, what books are you reading? I’ll be honest. . .I don’t read as much for pleasure nearly as much as I used...
18 hours ago
Daily Norseman on The Chase Thomas Podcast

Daily Norseman on The Chase Thomas Podcast

DN writer Eric Thompson joined Chase to discuss a wide range of NFL offseason topics. With the rest of the sports world in an indefinite holding pattern, the NFL has kept churning along with their offseason leading up to the 2020 NFL Draft. Chase Thomas was kind enough to have me on as a guest of his podcast to discuss a vast array of football topics, including but not limited to: The free agency adventures the Vikings have had thus far, including the Stefon Diggs trade, the exodus of many familiar faces, and what priority the team should give to the current holes on their roster in the...
Apr 1, 2020
Minnesota Vikings News and Links: April 1, 2020

Minnesota Vikings News and Links: April 1, 2020

Chuck Cook -USA TODAY Sports I like the move to try to sign Harris to a long-term deal Merry Wednesday, everyone! I hope all are well out there. I know that this is not a good time for many, and I’m not making light of that, but in nearly everything that happens, regardless of how bad it is, you can find a little nugget of good. I’ve realized that there are a couple of good things that may come out of this current state of affairs. First, people are learning to wash their hands. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen someone leave a public restroom without washing their hands....
Mar 31, 2020
Report: Vikings pursuing long-term deal with Anthony Harris

Report: Vikings pursuing long-term deal with Anthony Harris

Photo by Sean Gardner/ The speculation had been that they were seeking a trade When the Minnesota Vikings placed the franchise tag on safety Anthony Harris just before the start of free agency, the speculation immediately started that the team was going to attempt to trade him for a mid-round draft choice. Now, it sounds as though they’ve reversed course. #Vikings just might keep Anthony Harris around. Sources say they've been active lately discussing possible long-term extension for him. One source believes now an increased chance of Harris being with them in 2020 either on...
Mar 31, 2020
Vikings Next Man Up: CB Holton Hill

Vikings Next Man Up: CB Holton Hill

Photo by Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire via First in a series on promising backups on the Vikings roster With all the turnover on the Vikings roster this off-season, it’s more relevant than most off-seasons to look at the forgotten players this time of year: those promising young players already on the roster. Every year free agency and the draft brings thoughts of new Christmas presents for the Vikings roster, and like little kids we often disregard those bright, shiny gifts we got last year, and focus on the new ones yet to come. But in the adult world of the National Football...
Mar 31, 2020
NFL officially approves 14-team playoffs for 2020 and beyond

NFL officially approves 14-team playoffs for 2020 and beyond

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports You know, whenever there’s actually football again While we don’t know when the 2020 NFL season is actually going to get underway, when it does get started, there will be one playoff spot in each conference for teams to compete for. On Tuesday, the NFL officially approved the league going to a 14-team playoff format, meaning that an extra team in both the AFC and the NFC will qualify for the playoffs. It’s the first change to the NFL playoff format since the league expanded to the 12-team in 1990. Prior to that, there were five playoff teams in each...
Mar 31, 2020
Minnesota Vikings News and Links: March 31, 2020

Minnesota Vikings News and Links: March 31, 2020

We’re up & running, and we’re social-distancing compliant Merry Tuesday, everyone! I hope everyone is doing as well as possible, considering the current state of events. I’m almost finished restoring the boat I got a few months back, and the ice is off of the river, so I’m looking forward to getting it finished & out on the water. I finished the fiberglass layer on the floor and it’s almost dry, so then I can install the vinyl on the floor, screw the seats down, and screw the interior panels back on, and I’ll be ready for water. Around the DN since our last open thread: The...
Mar 30, 2020
Davis: Vikings “likely not considering” drafting Trevon Diggs

Davis: Vikings “likely not considering” drafting Trevon Diggs

Photo by Wesley Hitt/ I bet you can guess why During the early portions of this NFL offseason, one of the potential storylines for the Minnesota Vikings was whether or not they would reunite the Diggs brothers in April. After all, they had wide receiver Stefon Diggs in the fold, and his younger brother, Trevon, is considered to be a first-round prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft. Well, with the Vikings sending the elder Diggs to the Buffalo Bills prior to the start of free agency, that reunion wasn’t going to happen. Now, it doesn’t sound like Trevon Diggs will be coming to Minnesota,...
Mar 30, 2020
Minnesota Vikings News and Links: March 30, 2020

Minnesota Vikings News and Links: March 30, 2020

We begin another new week of social distancing and unknowns Happy Monday, everyone! It’s the start of another very odd week, as we all try to get accustomed to this temporary way of living our lives. Just how temporary this will be is the big question. What types of activities are you engaging in to cope? For me, I’m VERY grateful that the winter weather has finally given way to some sun and warmer weather. We worked and played/relaxed out in the yard for the entire weekend, and it was wonderful. I hope all of you are staying safe, my prayers go out to all of those who are being...
Mar 29, 2020
Ted Mock 2.0: The Mock Supremacy

Ted Mock 2.0: The Mock Supremacy

Yes, I know most of you hate this picture. No, I don’t care. | Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Look, I’m living the shelter in place life. Of course this mock draft is nuts. Welcome back to my second mock draft of the year. Here’s the link to last week’s mock: Ted Mock 1.0: The Mock Identity All in all it wasn’t bad, for something that’s completely fictional and maybe has a 3% chance of happening, but whatever. As always, I am using the Fanspeak’s On The Clock Ultimate Draft site, where I can offer and accept trades. Before we get at it, my weekly disclaimer: I’m not a...