Team Grade:
Minnesota Vikings
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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.
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.
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

Aug 16, 10:32 PM Minnesota Vikings CB Shaun Prater (head) left the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 16, with a head injury and will not return.
Aug 16, 08:42 PM Minnesota Vikings FS Chris Crocker will start the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 16.
Aug 14, 06:52 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will not play in the team's preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals Saturday, Aug. 16. He played in one series in the team's third preseason game last year, but other than that, he hasn't had a carry in the preseason since 2011.
Aug 12, 01:23 PM Minnesota Vikings DT Tom Johnson (biceps) and Ss Mistral Raymond (concussion) and Jamarca Sanford (back) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 11, but CB Robert Blanton (hamstring) and LB Dom DeCicco (undisclosed) were not practicing. Head coach Mike Zimmer said he expects all the team's safeties to play in the second preseason game except for Blanton. TE Chase Ford (foot) appears to be 'probably 10 days' away from coming off the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Aug 12, 01:13 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson appears to be improving his pass-catching skills. He dropped one pass in practice Monday, Aug. 11, but had some nice catches.
Aug 12, 01:03 PM Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater tossed three interceptions and had two more passes that were almost picked off in practice Monday, Aug. 11. Head coach Mike Zimmer plans to talk with the other coaches to determine how they'll use their quarterbacks in the second preseason game. QB Matt Cassel will start the game after playing just the first series in the first preseason game. Bridgewater played around two quarters and was 6-for-13 with 49 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Right now, Cassel has a pretty good grip on the starter's job in Minnesota.
Aug 11, 09:03 AM Minnesota Vikings DT Linval Joseph (calf) will miss a few weeks due to a minor calf injury, but he's expected to be ready for Week 1.
Aug 11, 08:42 AM Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel will start the second game of the preseason over QB Teddy Bridgewater.
Aug 10, 06:02 PM The Minnesota Vikings signed free-agent TE Kory Sperry (Cardinals) to an undisclosed deal.
Aug 10, 12:37 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon led the team with 12 carries and 45 yards in the preseason opener against the Oakland Raiders Friday, Aug. 8. He was also targeted twice, although he had zero receptions. RB Dominique Williams had nine totes for 27 yards, while RB Joe Banyard hauled the mail eight times for 22 yards while posting 13 yards on two catches. RB Matt Asiata also had three runs for 13 yards and a touchdown.

Fantasy Impact: McKinnon has a real chance to emerge as the top backup this season. He has the most talent behind starter Adrian Peterson.
Aug 09, 01:02 PM Minnesota Vikings DT Linval Joseph (calf) was hit in the calf by a stray bullet during a shooting in Minneapolis Friday, Aug. 8. He was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released. He is expected to return to practice this upcoming week.
Aug 09, 01:02 AM Minnesota Vikings LB Anthony Barr combined with DT Tom Johnson for a sack in the preseason opener against the Oakland Raiders Friday, Aug. 8. The rookie Barr had an assist and quarterback hurry in his professional debut.
Aug 09, 01:02 AM Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater completed six of his 13 pass attempts for 49 yards in his preseason debut Friday, Aug. 8, against the Oakland Raiders. He did not throw any touchdown passes, nor did he toss any interceptions. The rookie out of Louisville was also sacked twice.

Fantasy Impact: It was a so-so showing for the rookie. He still has a shot to be the starter to open the season.
Aug 09, 01:02 AM Minnesota Vikings CB Robert Blanton (hamstring), SS Jamarca Sanford (back) and SS Andrew Sendejo (ankle, back) were each inactive in the preseason opener Friday, Aug. 8, against the Oakland Raiders.
Aug 09, 01:02 AM Minnesota Vikings SS Kurt Coleman made the start in the preseason game against the Oakland Raiders Friday, Aug. 8. He was not listed as a starter on the team's initial depth chart of the preseason, but he started and has separated himself in the group simply by staying health. Coleman deflected a pass and had an interception in the exhibition opener. 'Kurt's done a good job,' head coach Mike Zimmer said. 'He's a veteran guy. Been a good special teams player in the league. He doesn't make the same mistake twice. Works real hard, studies real hard, asks good questions. He's done a very nice job.'
Aug 09, 12:32 AM As expected, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (rest) dressed for the preseason opener against the Oakland Raiders Friday, Aug. 8, but he did not play. Peterson hasn't had a carry in the preseason since the 2011 campaign.

Offseason Keys

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

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

2014 Draft Class

 # 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

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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