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

Apr 20, 09:02 AM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has a $250,000 offseason bonus in his contract for participating in all mini-camps, all organized team activities and reporting to training camp on time. The first day that has implications on that bonus is May 26 when OTAs begin.
Apr 18, 03:42 AM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is drawing interest from the Oakland Raiders.
Apr 18, 03:02 AM Free-agent WR Greg Jennings (Vikings) has drawn interest from the Baltimore Ravens, according to sources.
Apr 17, 12:52 PM Free-agent WR Greg Jennings (Vikings) left his visit with the New Orleans Saints without a contract. Jennings is also considering the Carolina Panthers, Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Apr 17, 12:42 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said earlier this week that he's not sure if he'll participate in the team's offseason program. Minnesota is set to start their offseason workouts Monday, April 20, with a mandatory minicamp in June. Peterson can now participate in all team activities after being reinstated from the commissioner's exempt list Friday, April 17.
Apr 16, 03:02 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will not receive any further suspension after he is reinstated from the commissioner's exempt list, according to a source.
Apr 16, 02:22 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been informed that he will be reinstated from the commissioner exempt list starting Friday, April 17.
Apr 15, 10:53 PM Free-agent DT Corey Wootton (Vikings) met with the New Orleans Saints Wednesday, April 15, but he left without receiving a contract offer, according to a source.
Apr 14, 04:03 PM Free-agent WR Greg Jennings (Vikings) will visit the New Orleans Saints, according to a source.
Apr 13, 10:22 AM Free-agent WR Greg Jennings (Vikings) is visiting the Jacksonville Jaguars Monday, April 13, according to a league source.
Apr 08, 01:33 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is 'highly unlikely' to face more suspension from the league when he's finally off the Commissioner's Exempt List, according to a source. Peterson's next concern is clearing the way for his full return to the field this fall. 'Peterson wants to have a completely clean slate by the draft,' NFL Network analyst Ian Rapoport said.
Apr 07, 09:23 PM Updating a previous report, free-agent WR Greg Jennings (Vikings) left his visit with the Miami Dolphins Tuesday, April 7, without a contract. However, the door is reportedly open for a deal down the road.
Apr 07, 01:33 PM Free-agent WR Greg Jennings (Vikings) is visiting the Miami Dolphins Tuesday, April 7.
Apr 07, 01:23 PM Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will meet with NFL officials at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 7. The meeting will detail his compliance with terms from the league and his Texas plea deal.
Apr 07, 09:43 AM Minnesota Vikings C John Sullivan received a one-year extension that guarantees $1 million Tuesday, April 7. He has salaries of $5.9 million, $5.4 million and $5.4 million. He has an annual $100,000 workout bonus and a $500,000 escalator for 2017 with 90% playing time in 2015-16.
Apr 06, 01:42 PM Free-agent WR Greg Jennings (Vikings) is still a player the Miami Dolphins are open to sign this offseason.

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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