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

Sep 01, 02:42 PM The Minnesota Vikings signed free-agent CB Chris Greenwood (Lions) to their practice squad Monday, Sept. 1.
Sep 01, 03:42 AM Nine players were signed to the Minnesota Vikings practice squad on Sunday, Aug. 31. Players joining the squad include RB Joe Banyard, WR Kain Colter, DT Isame Faciane, TE Chase Ford, WR Donte Foster, CB Kendall James, C Zac Kerin, OL Mike Remmers and DT Justin Trattou.
Aug 31, 09:32 PM The Minnesota Vikings have claimed TE MarQueis Gray off waivers from the Cleveland Browns and OT Michael X. Harris from the San Diego Chargers.
Aug 30, 09:52 PM Minnesota Vikings OT Antonio Richardson (undisclosed) and S Jamarca Sanford (undisclosed) were placed on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Aug. 30.
Aug 30, 07:32 PM Minnesota Vikings DT Fred Evans, S Chris Crocker and S Kurt Coleman were released Saturday, Aug. 30. TE Chase Ford was placed on waivers.
Aug 30, 02:52 PM Detroit Lions CB Chris Greenwood has been released.
Aug 30, 02:22 PM Minnesota Vikings TE Allen Reisner and RB Joe Banyard have been released.
Aug 30, 09:33 AM Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder had a solid training camp and likely saved his job with significant work and production in the preseason finale. He might have some value if the team is not ready to put QB Teddy Bridgewater onto the field and they need someone to fill in for QB Matt Cassel.
Aug 29, 09:32 PM Minnesota Vikings WRs Jarius Wright, Adam Thielen and Rodney Smith are projected to make the 53-man roster. General manager Rick Spielman singled out Thielen as a player who improved since minicamp. Smith is expected to hold off WR Kain Colter.
Aug 29, 09:32 PM Minnesota Vikings TE Chase Ford (foot) is making progress in his recovery from a broken foot, but he did not play in a preseason game and the team might have to look elsewhere for tight end help.
Aug 28, 03:22 PM Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson denied a report that said he told Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones that he would like to play for the Cowboys at some point. 'This was a casual conversation between NFL colleagues in which I never indicated I wanted to leave the Vikings,' Peterson said in a statement. 'I have always said I understand the NFL is a business but that I would love to retire as a Viking.'
Aug 28, 01:22 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson had a phone conversation with Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones in June where he stated he would be interested in joining the Cowboys when his time with the Vikings is over. Jones said he has not talked with Peterson since the phone call and does not believe that the call should be considered tampering.
Aug 26, 11:23 PM Minnesota Vikings LB Anthony Barr (ankle), OT Phil Loadholt (ankle) and DT Linval Joseph (calf) will miss the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28.
Aug 26, 07:43 PM Minnesota Vikings FS Mistral Raymond (concussion) was placed on Reserve/Injured after clearing waivers Tuesday, Aug. 26.
Aug 26, 06:33 PM Minnesota Vikings LB Anthony Barr (ankle) will sit out the team's final preseason game with a sprained ankle, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
Aug 26, 01:03 PM Minnesota Vikings DT Linval Joseph (calf) said he thinks he will be ready for Week 1 of the regular season.

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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