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Training camp begins in exactly 10 days. I repeat, training camp begins in exactly 10 days. No need to pinch yourselves — we’re so close to the start of the season!

Now’s the time to buy your Bridgewater jerseys, purchase tickets to the most exciting home games, and plan out your tailgates before football takes over. Come Saturday of next week, the team will be in Mankato and coach Zimmer will be whittling his roster down to the 53 best players. Once we get into the thick of training camp, there’s no turning back.

For now, enjoy the calm before the storm and soak in some of the best new Vikings stories from your favorite Vikings site and the rest of the web:

Earlier today, Lindsey wrote about her trip to Children’s Minneapolis Hospital, where Chad Greenway is making a positive impact through his Lead the Way foundation.
Last night, Vikings Territory debuted its More Than Words page, where you can learn about “Chad’s Lockers” and donate to help children in need.

  • One of the Vikings’ deepest positions is wide receiver, and Christopher Gates at Daily Norseman believes we may be in store for an exciting training camp battle.
  • If you love video games, an ingenious graphic artist put together some amazing custom Vikings covers for Madden NFL 16.
  • Stefon Diggs wowed fans with jukes and quick feet during minicamp, prompting Sam Verschaetse of Viking Age to call him “Percy Harvin 2.0”.
  • Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press warns that fan shouldn’t forget about second-year running back Jerick McKinnon, even with the return of Adrian Peterson.
  • Teddy Bridgewater is the quarterback of the future, but there are still question marks surrounding the position — the Star Tribune’s Master Tesfatsion wonders if the Vikings will keep three quarterbacks on the final roster.
  • Training camp hasn’t started, but Arif is taking a look at potential practice squad players at Vikings Journal.
  • We all have favorite Vikings players (Randy Moss!), but where are they now? Adam Patrick answers the question at Pro Football Spot.
  • “Wobby” analyzes matchups at closer level, highlighting the top player-versus-player battles for each of the Vikings’ home games.

MrHurricane, a staple for Madden videos on YouTube, is also a HUGE Vikings fan. Check out one of his purple and gold videos, below:

Stay tuned for some Vikings-centric fantasy football posts the next few days!