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Tuesday Open Thread: July 17, 2018 Training camp starts exactly one week from today, and we're all still alive. I think we're going to make it. An agonizingly long off-season was also a productive one for our beloved purple and gold, and there is every reason for optimism if you're a Vikings fan.

A brief history of Minnesota Vikings mascots We'll have something jersey-related coming up tomorrow, but for now I wanted to take a look at the long and illustrious history of Minnesota Vikings' mascots over the years. They've had quite a few, and a couple have had pretty interesting stories.

Vikings 2018 Over/Under: Kirk Cousins We're getting to the end of the offseason, with the Minnesota Vikings reporting for camp in about a week and a half, but we're still in the speculation season, and one of the internet's big gambling sites has put out some numbers for everyone to chew on as far as our favorite team is concerned.

Randy Moss has no regrets about shooting the moon in Green Bay Alive or not when it actually took place, if someone is a fan of the Minnesota Vikings, he or she is likely very familiar with Randy Moss' touchdown celebration during the team's 2004 playoff matchup against the Green Bay Packers.

Aaron Rodgers doesn't sound like he's moved past the Anthony Barr hit Bank Stadium, Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr hit quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The hit broke Rodgers' collarbone and effectively ended Green Bay's season. Packers fans will tell you the hit was dirty. Vikings fans will say the hit was fine and after all, it's football.

2018 fantasy football forecast: Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook One of the most important parts of doing a fantasy football draft is making sure you choose the right players at the top of the draft. Getting elite players can help your team succeed, and adding your favorite players like Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook can make it even more fun.

Randy Moss reflects on 'Lambeau Moon,' Minnesota Vikings-Green Bay Packers rivalry "The rivalry is a great rivalry. I think it's great for the fans," Moss said. "I think it's great for the National Football League. People always ask, how do rivalries - you've got to play games for rivalries to be able to be called a rivalry. You don't need people to make up a rivalry.

Larry Fitzgerald bleeds Vikings purple, but his path is still with Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald spent his formative years in the Twin Cities, with the coolest first job ever as a ball boy with the Vikings while shredding defenses as a wide receiver with Holy Angels. And he's about to enter the 15th season of what almost certainly be a Hall of Fame career - all of it with the Cardinals.

Larry Fitzgerald has no plans to retire — or play for the Vikings Larry Fitzgerald makes it a point each summer to return to Minnesota to work with the area youth. The Arizona Cardinals all-pro receiver was at it again Tuesday at alma mater Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield. The focus of his football procamp, Fitzgerald said, isn't to help kids become pro athletes, to teach them life lessons.

Minnesota Vikings: Top 5 breakout player candidates for 2018 The Minnesota Vikings are expected to be among the top four or five teams in the NFL going into the 2018 season, especially after their big-money addition of Kirk Cousins at the quarterback position. The Vikings' roster looks as good as just about any in the NFL, but which players could end up having individual breakout seasons in 2018?

Minnesota Vikings Training Camp Preview: What I Like; What Concerns Me What's To Like: There's an awful lot to like here, as they are as talented and deep a group as any in the NFL.

Potential "Mr. Mankato" Award Candidates - Part Two Vikings training camp kicks off next week and it's time to start thinking about potential "Mr. Mankato" award winners. Daniel House posts part two of this training camp preview series. Every year, there's one underrated player who bursts onto the scene and earns the 1500ESPN Mr.

Could Richard Sherman have been a Minnesota Viking? While the Vikings weren't reported to have shown any interest in Sherman when he was released, it sounds like Sherman was certainly interested in the Vikings.

Vikings offensive playmakers rated fifth in NFL by ESPN The Minnesota Vikings came out of seemingly nowhere last season with one of the best offensive attacks in all of football, but they are not sneaking up on anybody heading into the 2018 campaign.

2018 camp preview: Could another young Vikings linebacker grab playing time? The Vikings begin reporting to the first training camp July 24 at the TCO Performance Center in Eagan. The first full-team practice is July 28. Check here for new details on tickets, parking and times. Before then, the Star Tribune will take a look at each position group.

Adam Thielen ties with Aaron Rodgers at American Century Championship Former athletes wrapped up the American Century Championship golf tournament over the weekend. While former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo won it all, the Vikings were represented with Adam Thielen tying for 18th. Ironically, that was tied with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Camp setup: Ranking, previewing Minnesota Vikings' tight ends The Minnesota Vikings are expecting big things from their tight ends in a new offense, but they will need the young ones to battle it out.

Aaron Rodgers on Anthony Barr: "It's time to move on" Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr previously suggested that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers "get over it." And he apparently has. "I mean, I think it's time to move on for everybody," Rodgers told Peter King in the debut of Football Morning in America, regarding the hit from Barr that busted Rodgers' collarbone.

Vikings' Diggs, Thielen rated as top WR duo in Madden 19 The bromance between wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen is well-documented in Minnesota. This summer, creators of the new Madden 19 video game showed the pair some love as well. Based on player ratings released by the franchise last week, the Vikings own the best wide receiver duo in football.

Monday Open Thread: July 16, 2018 Listen to an audio clip of Anthony Harris as he appeared on SB Nation Radio. Rashod Hill could still be the answer at right tackle, per Chris. I agree, I think he's played well when given a shot so far. This will be brief, so don't shoot me if I miss something.

4 free-agents the Vikings could sign before training camp So who are a few of the remaining free-agents that could end up on Minnesota's roster before they begin training camp on July 24? In less than two weeks, the Minnesota Vikings will be kicking off their 2018 training camp.

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook named NFC North rising star by ESPN When the Minnesota Vikings used a second-round draft pick on Dalvin Cook during the 2017 NFL Draft, the team knew they were getting a dynamic running back who could change a football game when the ball is in his hands.

Rashod Hill could still be the answer at right tackle While the Minnesota Vikings spent their second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft on Pitt offensive tackle Brian O'Neill, nobody is sure whether or not he's going to be the answer at right tackle this season or not. If he's not, the man that could very easily start there this season could be the one that finished there last season.

Early 49ers-Vikings money is on Minnesota Oddsmaker William Hill has over 100 sportsbooks across America, and they have 62 percent of betting tickets and 59 percent of betting money on the Vikings. Of the 16 games that first week, the 62 percent of tickets is tied for ninth most and the 59 percent of betting money is tied for 11th.

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