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

Jul 28, 05:12 PM Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater will receive playing time with the starting offense during preseason games, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. The team will need that information to decide who will be the starting quarterback for Week 1.

Fantasy Impact: He has a legit shot to win the starting job if he plays well.
Jul 28, 05:12 PM The Minnesota Vikings are willing to trade QB Christian Ponder. Ponder has performed well during training camp but probably will be the No. 3 quarterback.
Jul 28, 05:02 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he is looking forward to playing in the team's new offense because it is more versatile than the one the team had been using for the last several seasons. 'Let's call it what it is: I thought in the past, we've been predictable,' Peterson said. 'I'm sure you guys wrote stories about us being predictable the past seven years. You won't be able to write that story this year. That's pretty much all I'm saying. You won't be able to do that, because this offense is so versatile.'
Jul 28, 01:23 PM Minnesota Vikings QBs Matt Cassel, Teddy Bridgewater and Christian Ponder have been evenly splitting reps during the early part of training camp, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Turner will split the reps two ways after the team's upcoming off day.
Jul 28, 01:12 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson does not need to play in the preseason to show something to the coaching staff, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. Zimmer said Peterson could get a few carries during the preseason if Peterson asks to play.
Jul 28, 01:02 PM Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph will be guaranteed $19.4 million as part of his five-year, $36.5 million contract extension. He'll receive a $6.5 million signing bonus and a $960,000 guaranteed base salary in 2014. The rest of the $12 million of the guarantees are for injury only.
Jul 27, 10:32 PM The Minnesota Vikings have signed TE Kyle Rudolph to a five-year extension worth $36.5 million.
Jul 26, 08:52 PM Minnesota Vikings CB Captain Munnerlyn (hamstring) could return in the near future, but there is no definite timetable for his return, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
Jul 26, 08:52 PM Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (foot) could return in the near future, but there is no definite timetable for his return, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
Jul 26, 08:42 PM Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph lost some weight this offseason in hopes of being able to get open more often in offensive coordinator Norv Turner's offensive scheme.
Jul 25, 07:52 PM Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (leg) is considered day-to-day because of a leg injury.
Jul 25, 05:42 PM The Minnesota Vikings signed free-agent WR Ty Walker (Packers) to an undisclosed contract Friday, July 25.
Jul 25, 05:42 PM The Minnesota Vikings waived WR Josh Cooper (undisclosed) with a Non-Football Injury designation Friday, July 25.
Jul 25, 04:42 PM Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (undisclosed) is not participating in practice Friday, July 25.
Jul 25, 02:12 PM Minnesota Vikings SS Andrew Sendejo (undisclosed) was placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list Friday, July 25.
Jul 25, 02:12 PM Minnesota Vikings TE Chase Ford (foot) was placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list Friday, July 25.

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
 # 6  8 Kendall JamesDB
 # 7  5 Shamar StephenDL
 # 7  8 Brandon WattsLB
 # 7  10 Jabari PriceDB
 Undrafted AC LeonardTE

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 7 1:00PM     at St Louis
2     Sep 14 1:00PM     New England
3     Sep 21 1:00PM     at New Orleans
4     Sep 28 4:25PM     Atlanta
5     Oct 2 8:25PM     at Green Bay
6     Oct 12 1:00PM     Detroit
7     Oct 19 1:00PM     at Buffalo
8     Oct 26 1:00PM     at Tampa Bay
9     Nov 2 1:00PM     Washington
-- Week 10 Bye --
11     Nov 16 1:00PM     at Chicago
12     Nov 23 1:00PM     Green Bay
13     Nov 30 1:00PM     Carolina
14     Dec 7 1:00PM     New York Jets
15     Dec 14 1:00PM     at Detroit
16     Dec 21 1:00PM     at Miami
17     Dec 28 1:00PM     Chicago
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