2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Minnesota Vikings
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
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

May 26, 08:43 AM Updating an ongoing story, the Dallas Cowboys have moved on from the idea of trading for Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, despite persistent rumors, according to The Dallas Morning News' Brandon George. Don't entirely rule out anything when it comes to Dallas owner and general manager Jerry Jones, George says, but the belief is that the organization is largely content with their current crop of running backs.
May 25, 02:42 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson still wants to be traded, according to a source. Peterson intends to skip all organized team activities, which would cause him to lose $250,000 in workout bonuses.
May 24, 09:22 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has informed head coach Mike Zimmer that he will not attend the optional practices that begin Tuesday, May 26, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
May 24, 09:22 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has informed head coach Mike Zimmer that he will not attend the optional practices that begin Tuesday, May 26, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
May 24, 01:02 AM Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson once again has drawn praise from Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer -- this time for his route-running improvements. Patterson has worked extensively this offseason to become a better receiver from a technical standpoint.
May 22, 09:52 AM Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson remains in pursuit of being traded or receiving a new contract and remains away from the organization during voluntary workouts. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told ESPN Radio he has a target date in mind of when he thinks Peterson will return to the team, but Zimmer did not give the specific date.
May 21, 06:42 PM Minnesota Vikings PK Blair Walsh said there has been some communication between the team and his agent regarding a contract extension, but nothing has been finalized.
May 17, 10:42 PM Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner has opened up the playbook to give receivers more chances to make explosive plays, head coach Mike Zimmer said at rookie minicamp.
May 14, 01:32 PM Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson has been impressive during offseason workouts, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. 'He's really done well,' Zimmer said. 'He's running routes good; he's working hard. So we just need him to continue to do those things and continue to keep getting consistent and keep improving. I've been impressed with the things that he's done.'
May 07, 08:32 AM Minnesota Vikings OT Matt Kalil (knees) underwent arthroscopic surgery on both knees in January and received injections designed to help patients deal with joint pain in March, two people with knowledge of the procedures told USA TODAY Sports. Kalil has had knee troubles the last two seasons.
May 05, 08:22 PM Minnesota Vikings WR Mike Wallace proclaimed himself the fastest player in the NFL Tuesday, May 5, per the Pioneer Press. 'If somebody feels foggy about that, we can [race]. I'm never going to back down from competition,'' said Wallace.
May 04, 11:32 AM Minnesota Vikings OT Matt Kalil and FS Harrison Smith had their fifth-year options for 2016 exercised Monday, May 4.
May 04, 11:32 AM Minnesota Vikings OT Matt Kalil and FS Harrison Smith had their fifth-year options for 2016 exercised Monday, May 4.
May 01, 11:42 AM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson may be changing course in his pursuit of a trade as his agent, Ben Dogra, said he'd like the team to sign Peterson to an extension. 'One of the things that I appreciate with the Vikings is their resolve to say 'we're not trading him,'' Dogra told USA TODAY Sports. 'That tells me they value him not only as a football player, but what he's done for the organization. 'I actually, as an agent, not only appreciate it - I accept it. But actions speak louder than words. If that's going to happen, and you want to keep him, then show him a commitment to make him retire as a Viking. And I haven't had that solution.' Peterson has three years and $46 million left on his contract, but none of it is guaranteed.
Apr 30, 02:12 PM Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is still expected to remain with the Vikings even though former NFL WR Cris Carter indicated Peterson could be traded in the near future.
Apr 28, 11:42 AM Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson said he plans to focus on improving his route running this offseason. 'Just route running,' Patterson said. 'Growing up, I was always athletic and could just do anything. I'm in the NFL now, so I just have to focus on my craft and just work at route running, getting in and getting out of breaks and stuff like that.'

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. 

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 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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