2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Minnesota Vikings
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Vikings could surprise this year. A new coaching staff should help the team, especially the offense. You can never count out a team with Adrian Peterson on it to do big things. Peterson can carry the offense all by himself if needed. The defense is just alright, though, which is another concern. They won't shut down the opposition and the offense lacks some firepower because of question marks at quarterback. Minnesota is likely to finish below .500 again but should be better than last season. Things are going the right direction for this team.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
Receiver Cordarrelle Patterson was used sporadically as a rookie but made a lot of big plays with his few chances. He had a knack for scoring and picking up big chunks of yards. He has a great skillset, doing well on making a short play into a big one and stretching the field with his top speed. He'll be the No. 1 receiver for the Vikings and should get a ton of chances from day one this year. He can be a top 15 fantasy receiver and finish with more than 1,000 total yards and near double-digit scores. Patterson is the real deal at receiver.
FANTASY DUD
Quarterback Matt Cassel is likely to open the season as the starter but probably won't be able to keep the job from rookie Teddy Bridgewater all season. Cassel is just keeping the set warm for the rookie. Even when playing, Cassel isn't a huge fantasy threat. He does well managing the offense but won't be able to carry the offense most weeks if called on.

Team Notes

Mar 25, 04:33 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is wanted back in Minnesota, but the question is if Peterson wants to come back. Head coach Mike Zimmer said he doesn't believe Peterson would be a disruption if he did return to the Vikings. 'I want him to want to be [in Minnesota], like I want all of my players to want to be there. I've been in situations before that I thought were not the best situations.' Zimmer added that he thinks his football relationship with Peterson is a good one in its current state.
Mar 25, 01:53 PM Free-agent CB Terence Newman (Bengals) agreed to a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, March 25, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Mar 25, 01:13 PM Free-agent CB Terence Newman (Bengals) is close to an agreement with the Minnesota Vikings, according to Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer.
Mar 25, 01:03 PM Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson will not be traded this offseason, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. 'No, no chance whatsoever,' Zimmer said. 'Cordarrelle is a young, emerging player who was with his third coordinator in three years. Quite frankly, we need to do a good job of figuring out how we can use him better and he needs to understand where he's supposed to be, the routes and everything.'
Mar 25, 10:53 AM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is disgruntled and reportedly wants out of Minnesota, but head coach Mike Zimmer said the team has no plans to trade him.
Mar 24, 06:32 PM Free-agent LB Casey Matthews (Eagles) agreed to terms with the Minnesota Vikings Tuesday, March 24. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Mar 24, 06:02 PM Minnesota Vikings SS Taylor Mays re-signed to a one-year deal Tuesday, March 24. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Mar 24, 04:42 PM Free-agent LB Casey Matthews (Eagles) visited with the Minnesota Vikings Tuesday, March 24, according to a source.
Mar 24, 12:02 AM Free-agent WR Greg Jennings (Vikings) is a player the Jacksonville Jaguars have an interest, general manager David Caldwell said Monday, March 23. However, the two sides have not scheduled a visit yet.
Mar 23, 07:52 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, said Monday, March 23, that he doesn't think 'it's in Adrian's best interest to play in Minnesota' in 2015 and beyond. Peterson remains under contract with the Vikings, and the team brass expects him to remain in Minnesota. Dogra also refused a meeting with general manager Rick Spielman several days ago.
Mar 23, 06:02 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is expected to be part of the Vikings next season, according to general manager Rick Spielman. 'Adrian's a member of our football team,' Spielman said. 'He is under contract with us, and we are focused on the 2015 season and expect Adrian to be a part of that.' Peterson has met with team officials twice this offseason to discuss his future. Spielman would not say if Peterson has asked for a trade or if the team has received interest from other teams.
Mar 23, 04:02 PM Updating a previous report, free-agent LB Erin Henderson (Vikings) is scheduled to meet with the San Francisco 49ers, according to a source.
Mar 23, 12:52 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's preference is to play elsewhere than with the Vikings in 2015, according to a league source. He is under contract through the 2017 season and is scheduled to make $12.75 million this year. The Vikings look like they'd be willing to pay him in 2015, and a restructured contract would likely be appealing for Peterson. Minnesota could call Peterson's bluff and force him to decide between playing this year or sitting out a second straight season.
Mar 23, 11:12 AM Free-agent LB Erin Henderson (Vikings) is drawing interest from the San Francisco 49ers, according to reports.
Mar 22, 09:22 PM Free-agent WR Greg Jennings and the Miami Dolphins will discuss a deal if the two meet for an already planned visit.
Mar 22, 08:32 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's future remains unclear, but head coach Mike Zimmer recently said that the Vikings are 'excited' to have him back. Zimmer had previously said that if Peterson wanted out of Minnesota that the Vikings would accommodate the request.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Linval Joseph, DT; Corey Wootton, DE; Captain Munnerlyn, CB. 

Losses:
Jared Allen, DE; Toby Gerhart, RB; Josh Freeman, QB; Chris Cook, CB. 

2014 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  9 Anthony BarrLB
 # 1  32 Teddy BridgewaterQB
 # 3  8 Scott CrichtonDL
 # 3  32 Jerick McKinnonRB
 # 5  5 David YankeyOL
 # 6  6 Antone ExumDB
 # 7  5 Shamar StephenDL
 # 7  8 Brandon WattsLB
 # 7  10 Jabari PriceDB
 # 7  33 Ahmad DixonDB
 Undrafted Henry JoseyRB
 Undrafted AC LeonardTE

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 13 1:00PM     at St Louis
2     Sep 20 1:00PM     New England
3     Sep 27 1:00PM     at New Orleans
4     Oct 4 4:25PM     Atlanta
5     Oct 8 8:25PM     at Green Bay
6     Oct 18 1:00PM     Detroit
7     Oct 25 1:00PM     at Buffalo
8     Nov 1 1:00PM     at Tampa Bay
9     Nov 8 1:00PM     Washington
-- Week 10 Bye --
11     Nov 22 1:00PM     at Chicago
12     Nov 29 1:00PM     Green Bay
13     Dec 6 1:00PM     Carolina
14     Dec 13 1:00PM     New York Jets
15     Dec 20 4:25PM     at Detroit
16     Dec 27 1:00PM     at Miami
17     Jan 3 1:00PM     Chicago
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