2013 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Minnesota Vikings
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

Minnesota was a bit of a surprise last season with Adrian Peterson carrying this team on his back. If Christian Ponder can make strides at quarterback, the Vikings can improve some on last season. They have more offensive talent with Patterson and Greg Jennings on board at receiver. The defense isn't too shabby, either. They have several guys that can get after the quarterback and some playmaking cornerbacks. Their division is tough, though, so they'll need to be on their game all year for a return to the playoffs. Nothing is guaranteed with the Vikings but a season similar to last year seems about right for them.

FANTASY BREAKOUT

Cordarrelle Patterson, WR. Patterson might have a hard time reaching his potential because of the quarterback situation in Minnesota, but he sure has a ton of upside and ability. Patterson can still have some big games in this offense despite poor quarterback play. He is a playmaker with big-play ability. He is always going to be capable of that huge game, stretching the field and doing well in the red zone. He is an exciting talent for the foreseeable future.

FANTASY DUD

Kyle Rudolph, TE. Rudolph scored nine touchdowns last season and was the top red-zone target for the Vikings' passing game last season. But don't overlook the fact he failed to top 500-receiving yards. He still has red-zone potential but his reception and yardage numbers won't be that of an elite fantasy tight end. He isn't in that elite status of fantasy tight ends just yet, especially since he plays in a passing game that isn't very good.

Team Notes

Apr 19, 11:42 AM The Minnesota Vikings likely will give OG Charlie Johnson the first chance to win the starting left guard job this upcoming season.
Apr 19, 02:32 AM Updating a previous item, Minnesota Vikings TE Allen Reisner has a one-year contract worth a minimum salary of $645,000.
Apr 16, 02:43 PM Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph said the team still have not approached him about a possible contract extension. He said he would like to stay with the team but it will be their decision.
Apr 16, 12:03 AM Updating a previous report, free-agent DT Kevin Williams (Vikings) left his visit Tuesday, April 15, with the New York Giants without a deal.
Apr 15, 05:43 PM The Minnesota Vikings claimed LB Terrell Manning off waivers from the San Diego Chargers Tuesday, April 15.
Apr 15, 03:53 PM The Minnesota Vikings announced Tuesday, April 15, that they've signed free-agent TE Allen Reisner (Jaguars) to an undisclosed deal.
Apr 15, 01:23 PM The New York Giants met with free-agent DT Kevin Williams (Vikings) Monday, April 14, and will meet with head coach Tom Coughlin and members of the front office Tuesday, April 15.
Apr 15, 10:42 AM Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (foot) said he has been running since mid-February and has experienced no foot problems.
Apr 14, 05:32 PM The San Diego Chargers have released LB Terrell Manning.
Apr 14, 04:43 PM Updating a previous report, the Minnesota Vikings agreed to terms with SS Kurt Coleman on a one-year deal. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Apr 14, 04:12 PM Minnesota Vikings SS Kurt Coleman will likely be a contributor on special teams this year and enter the year competing with SSs Jamarca Sanford and Andrew Sendejo for a backup safety spot.
Apr 14, 03:22 PM The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms with free-agent SS Kurt Coleman (Eagles). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Apr 12, 06:22 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could be used more in passing plays this season with the departure of RB Toby Gerhart.
Apr 11, 11:02 PM The Minnesota Vikings have made a contract offer to free-agent SS Kurt Coleman (Eagles), but Coleman is still weighing his options.
Apr 11, 10:22 AM The Minnesota Vikings recently visited with free-agent SS Kurt Coleman (Eagles).
Apr 09, 07:03 PM Free-agent SS Kurt Coleman (Eagles) is visiting with the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, April 9.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
QB Matt Cassel, WR Greg Jennings, CB Jacob Lacey, CB Greg McCoy. 

Losses:
WR Michael Jenkins, P Chris Kluwe, OT Geoff Schwartz. 

2013 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  23 Sharrif FloydDL
 # 1  25 Xavier RhodesDB
 # 1  29 Cordarrelle PattersonWR
 # 4  23 Gerald HodgesLB
 # 5  22 Jeff LockeP
 # 6  28 Jeff BacaOL
 # 7  7 Michael MautiLB
 Undrafted Zach LineRB
 Undrafted Rodney SmithWR
 Undrafted James VandenbergQB

2013 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 7 1:00PM     at Detroit
2     Sep 14 1:00PM     at Chicago
3     Sep 21 1:00PM     Cleveland
4     Sep 28 1:00PM     Pittsburgh
-- Week 5 Bye --
6     Oct 12 1:00PM     Carolina
7     Oct 20 8:40PM     at New York Giants
8     Oct 26 8:30PM     Green Bay
9     Nov 2 1:00PM     at Dallas
10     Nov 6 8:25PM     Washington
11     Nov 16 4:25PM     at Seattle
12     Nov 23 1:00PM     at Green Bay
13     Nov 30 1:00PM     Chicago
14     Dec 7 1:00PM     at Baltimore
15     Dec 14 1:00PM     Philadelphia
16     Dec 21 1:00PM     at Cincinnati
17     Dec 28 1:00PM     Detroit
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