2015 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Minnesota Vikings
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Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Vikings have some potential for the coming year. The offense has a chance to be much better with Peterson back in the fold and Bridgewater another year older. The defense isnā??t too shabby but is probably just average compared to the rest of the league. Minnesota will contend for a playoff spot but might be a season or two away from really making an impact in the league. They are getting closer, though.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
His rookie season was overlooked a little because his team wasnā??t very good, but Teddy Bridgewater made strides throughout last season and finished well as the starter for the Vikings. He has more weapons to work with at receiver this year and Adrian Peterson as his running back, which should open things up for the passing game. We expect big things from Bridgewater in his second season, emerging as a fantasy option at quarterback. Heā??ll be worth some spot starts in 2015.
FANTASY DUD
Big things were expected from Kyle Rudolph last season but injuries once again marred his season. He might be playing in a tight-end friendly offense, but if he canā??t stay on the field, Rudolph isnā??t a help for fantasy teams. Heā??ll get drafted higher than he should come draft day, disappointing many fantasy teams along the way.

Team Notes

Jul 30, 01:23 AM Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater added five pounds of muscle during the offseason, although the team set a weight limit for the quarterback to absorb the punishment of the NFL season without sacrificing too much of his mobility.
Jul 30, 01:23 AM Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson has worked with the second team through the start of training camp, although head coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday, July 29, that he has seen some improvement from the wide receiver.
Jul 28, 07:23 PM Minnesota Vikings WR Mike Wallace said he definitely has something to prove this year on his new team. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner said the only thing that matters for Wallace is how he performs when he's on the field, not what he says off it. 'If he makes plays, [if] he does the things we want him to do, [if] he works hard in practice, [if] he sets an example in his actions in terms of the way he approaches preparation, then that's leadership,' Turner said. 'What guys say is very meaningless to me. It's obviously what they do.'
Jul 28, 05:33 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will still receive a heavy workload this season, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. Zimmer said Peterson will be given as much as he can take.
Jul 28, 04:23 PM Minnesota Vikings WR Jarius Wright said he's prepared to see more time in the slot this year. 'I've been outside a lot with the Vikings,' Wright said, 'but I can definitely transfer over and play the slot.' Head coach Mike Zimmer said Wright has already shown he can succeed there. 'The best things that Jarius did were when he was in the slot,' Zimmer said. 'We keep working him outside but we know he has big value for us in the slot, as well.'
Jul 28, 12:53 PM Minnesota Vikings LB Anthony Barr (knee) will increase his workload Tuesday, July 28, as the team has its first practice in pads.
Jul 27, 10:53 PM Minnesota Vikings WR Mike Wallace was added for his speed and experience, but he comes to training camp looking to do more than that. 'I've got to take some things from Miami that I don't think I did as well and just try to bring it here and be a better person and a better player. Just lead more,' Wallace said Monday, July 27.
Jul 27, 10:42 PM Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater is expected to continue to improve, according to head coach Mike Zimmer, who doesn't agree with the opinion of anonymous personnel guys for other teams who are expecting a step back in Year 2. 'I know this kid is a great competitor. The things that he did great in college (and) he did great in the NFL (last) year, were two-minute situations, when the competitive things were there. That's not going to change,' Zimmer said Monday, July 27.
Jul 27, 10:42 PM The Minnesota Vikings plan to give RB Adrian Peterson a heavy workload heading into the season. 'As much as he can take, and as much as he can handle in all the things that we're doing,' head coach Mike Zimmer said Monday, July 27. 'Obviously, we're going to have to spell him at times like you do a lot of guys. But we get down on the goal line, and we're probably not pulling him out, you know? He's our best player, and we're going to continue to use him.'
Jul 27, 10:42 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata was a fantastic contributor in goal-line situations, but head coach Mike Zimmer indicated Monday, July 27, that RB Adrian Peterson will be leaned upon in the situations this season. 'Obviously, we're going to have to spell (Peterson) at times like you do a lot of guys. But we get down on the goal line, and we're probably not pulling him out, you know?,' Zimmer said.
Jul 27, 10:42 PM Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson showed improved in organized team activities (OTAs), according to head coach Mike Zimmer, but the receiver has had consistency issues on the practice field which is holding him back. 'He'll have really good days, and then he'll have some not-so-good days. Really, I think what he needs to do is just the consistency every single day and the consistency in studying, the consistency in getting extra help that he needs if he needs it, running the routes the same all the time and understanding that there's a lot of great athletes that don't make it in professional sports because they don't have the other intangibles,' Zimmer said.
Jul 27, 03:32 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he believes he can play in the NFL at a high level until he's 36 or 37 years old.
Jul 27, 02:32 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson wants to rush for 2,500 yards this season.
Jul 27, 09:12 AM Minnesota Vikings CB Joshua Robinson (pectoral) was placed on the active Physically Unable to Perform list Sunday, July 26. Robinson doesn't have a timetable to return, but he hopes to be ready by Week 1.
Jul 27, 09:12 AM Minnesota Vikings LB Casey Matthews (hip) was placed on season-ending Injured Reserve due to a hip injury Sunday, July 26.
Jul 27, 09:12 AM Minnesota Vikings LB Anthony Barr (knee) will be limited to start training camp as he needs to work on his conditioning after missing much of the spring. 'He feels much better,' head coach Mike Zimmer said. 'He's had a really good last two weeks. He's not in the best physical condition right now.'

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Mike Wallace, WR; DuJuan Harris, RB; Shaun Hill, QB; Casey Matthews, LB; Taylor Mays, FS; Terence Newman, CB. 

Losses:
Matt Cassel, QB; Jasper Brinkley, LB; Vladimir Ducassse, G; Jerome Felton, FB; Greg Jennings, WR; Christian Ponder, QB; Jā??Marcus Webb, T. 

2015 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  11 Trae WaynesDB
 # 2  13 Eric KendricksLB
 # 3  24 Danielle HunterDL
 # 4  11 T.J. ClemmingsOL
 # 5  7 MyCole PruittTE
 # 5  10 Stefon DiggsWR
 # 6  9 Tyrus ThompsonOL
 # 6  17 B.J. DuboseDL
 # 7  11 Austin ShepherdOL
 # 7  15 Edmond RobinsonLB

2015 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 14 10:20PM     at San Francisco
2     Sep 20 1:00PM     Detroit
3     Sep 27 1:00PM     San Diego
4     Oct 4 4:25PM     at Denver
-- Week 5 Bye --
6     Oct 18 1:00PM     Kansas City
7     Oct 25 1:00PM     at Detroit
8     Nov 1 1:00PM     at Chicago
9     Nov 8 1:00PM     St Louis
10     Nov 15 4:05PM     at Oakland
11     Nov 22 1:00PM     Green Bay
12     Nov 29 1:00PM     at Atlanta
13     Dec 6 1:00PM     Seattle
14     Dec 10 8:25PM     at Arizona
15     Dec 20 1:00PM     Chicago
16     Dec 27 1:00PM     New York Giants
17     Jan 3 1:00PM     at Green Bay
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