Vikings training camp: Minnesota Vikings T-Shirt , especially with joint practices are usually two former teammates bonding. Today was another example of that. Former college teammates Xavier Rhodes and Telvin Smith Sr., were able to have some fun with one another in Friday’s joint practice. Both Smith and Rhodes attended Florida State University. Obviously, Rhodes played cornerback for the Seminoles and Smith played linebacker. Although Rhodes was drafted a year before Smith, they clearly had a pretty positive bond between the two. In 2012 the two had a pretty good year with FSU, even though Smith was a backup linebacker, he still played in 14 games and tied for 18th in the Atlantic Coastal Conference (ACC) with tackles for a loss (TFL). That same season Minnesota Vikings Hats , Rhodes was the top cornerback in the NCAA that year. He was the only one in the ACC to be a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award. The award represents the top defensive back in college. The award has been around since 1986.In 2012, Johnathan Banks won the Thorpe Award, he was a cornerback for Mississippi State. However, now he’s a free agent. If they had an award for best college cornerback who is now in the NFL, Rhodes would win, just my opinion. It wasn’t until Smith’s senior year when he really showed he had NFL potential. He was FSU’s leading tackler with 90 tackles. He helped lead FSU to the BCS National Championship game. He recorded a career-high 15 tackles in that game. Good Morning!Just woke up and saw there wasn’t a thread Minnesota Vikings Hoodie , words and links up here will be limited so I can get this posted.While we’re waiting for the next Vikings game to start we’ll continue with our Open Thread full of beer and rib recommendations, nap strategies, crock pot and smoker recipes. Have another cup of coffee and drop by for some fan wisdom and snark. With that, let’s do this.Around the DN since our last thread:The Vikings have reshuffled their practice squad per Chris.From Lucas, the Sack Daddy, Everson Griffen is set to resume football activities after an absence from the team for health reasons. Vikings news from other sources:At they have a preview of the upcoming Vikings vs. Saints game.Presser Points: Zimmer on stopping the run Cheap Customized Minnesota Vikings Jerseys , 3rd-down defense and anticipating the Saints.Beyond the Gridiron: The Miracle.There’s more in the Vikings media vault, check it out.League news: From the Giants trade DT Damon ‘Snacks’ Harrison to the Lions.Derek Carr responds to report about locker room strife.Eric Reid grievance against Bengals denied by arbitrator.Broncos QB Chad Kelly arrested for trespassing.We come to today’s media selection: The Scorpions-BlackoutAgain, we all know the rules, but in case someone is new:-No discussion of politics or religion-No feeding of the trolls-This isn’t a male version of The View, so leave the gender hatred at the door-Keep the bad language to a minimum (using the spoiler tags, if you must)-Speaking of which http://www.authenticsminnesotaviking...remmers-jersey , 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.