|Offense||13th||130.1 (9th)||214.2 (21st)|
|Defense||26th||110.4 (13th)||287.2 (29th)|
|91||Baker, Chase||DT||6-2||300||5/21/1988||2||Boise State|
|23||Banyard, Joe||RB||5-10||205||11/12/1988||2||Texas-El Paso|
|61||Berger, Joe||G||6-5||305||5/25/1982||10||Michigan Tech|
|30||Bishop, Brandan||DB||6-1||208||1/23/1991||1||North Carolina State|
|36||Blanton, Robert||DB||6-1||200||9/7/1989||3||Notre Dame|
|54||Brinkley, Jasper||ILB||6-1||252||7/12/1985||6||South Carolina|
|57||Cole, Audie||MLB||6-5||239||6/1/1989||3||North Carolina State|
|20||Coleman, Kurt||FS||5-11||200||7/1/1988||5||Ohio State|
|37||Cox, Derek||CB||6-1||195||9/22/1986||6||William & Mary|
|95||Crichton, Scott||DE||6-3||273||10/1/1991||R||Oregon State|
|8||Cruse, Andy||WR||6-3||216||1/13/1990||1||Miami (Ohio)|
|51||Dean, Larry||LB||6-0||226||8/7/1988||4||Valdosta State|
|90||Evans, Fred||DT||6-4||305||11/6/1983||8||Texas State|
|32||Exum, Antone||CB||6-0||219||2/27/1991||R||Virginia Tech|
|76||Faciane, Isame||DT||6-4||302||5/11/1991||R||Florida International|
|86||Ford, Chase||TE||6-6||255||7/19/1990||2||Miami (Fla.)|
|2||Foster, Donte||WR||6-1||193||11/10/1990||R||Ohio U.|
|63||Fusco, Brandon||G||6-4||306||7/26/1988||4||Slippery Rock|
|50||Hodges, Gerald||OLB||6-2||243||1/17/1991||2||Penn State|
|15||Jennings, Greg||WR||6-0||195||9/21/1983||9||Western Michigan|
|92||Johnson, Tom||DT||6-3||288||8/30/1984||4||Southern Mississippi|
|74||Johnson, Charlie||G||6-4||305||5/2/1984||9||Oklahoma State|
|12||Jorden, Kamar||WR||6-3||200||5/17/1989||1||Bowling Green State|
|98||Joseph, Linval||DT||6-4||323||10/10/1988||5||East Carolina|
|89||Leonard, A.C.||TE||6-2||250||1/15/1992||R||Tennessee State|
|48||Line, Zach||FB||6-1||233||4/26/1990||2||Southern Methodist|
|14||Lora, Erik||WR||5-11||202||3/14/1991||R||Eastern Illinois|
|56||Mauti, Michael||ILB||6-2||243||1/19/1990||2||Penn State|
|31||McKinnon, Jerick||RB||5-9||208||5/3/1992||R||Georgia Southern|
|24||Munnerlyn, Captain||CB||5-8||195||4/10/1988||6||South Carolina|
|7||Ponder, Christian||QB||6-2||229||2/25/1988||4||Florida State|
|38||Posey, Julian||DB||6-0||195||7/17/1988||2||Ohio U.|
|39||Price, Jabari||CB||5-11||200||8/31/1992||R||North Carolina|
|41||Raymond, Mistral||SS||6-1||202||9/7/1987||4||South Florida|
|67||Remmers, Mike||T||6-5||300||4/11/1989||2||Oregon State|
|29||Rhodes, Xavier||CB||6-1||210||6/19/1990||2||Florida State|
|21||Robinson, Josh||CB||5-10||199||1/8/1991||3||Central Florida|
|82||Rudolph, Kyle||TE||6-6||259||11/9/1989||4||Notre Dame|
|81||Simpson, Jerome||WR||6-2||190||2/4/1986||7||Coastal Carolina|
|83||Smith, Rodney||WR||6-5||220||3/11/1990||2||Florida State|
|22||Smith, Harrison||FS||6-2||214||2/2/1989||3||Notre Dame|
|65||Sullivan, John||C||6-4||301||8/8/1985||7||Notre Dame|
|19||Thielen, Adam||WR||6-2||195||8/22/1990||1||Minnesota State-Mankato|
|11||Walker, Ty||WR||5-10||191||8/25/1990||1||Illinois State|
|58||Watts, Brandon||OLB||6-2||231||1/21/1991||R||Georgia Tech|
|79||Wentworth, Austin||G||6-4||315||5/10/1990||R||Fresno State|
|18||Jean, Lestar (IR)||WR||6-3||202||2/5/1988||4||Florida Atlantic|
|64||Samuda, Josh (IR)||G||6-3||315||12/23/1988||2||Massachusetts|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Jennings then let Patterson know he should prepare for a major role.
"I wanted him to know that, coming in, the expectation of you is no longer 'rookie.' It's, 'You gotta go. We saw what you can do. We're gonna showcase this,'" Jennings told the website. "For me, it was making sure that he understands that he has to be a professional. He has to be a pro's pro when he steps foot in this building, because we're expecting (him) to give us what we've seen you put out there."
Patterson finished his rookie year strong, with three receiving and three rushing touchdowns in his last five games.
Cox finished the 2013 season with the Chargers with one interception and 38 tackles, a disappointing season after he had four picks and 60 tackles in just 12 games the year before.
" It's a possibility. We keep working him in there," Zimmer said. "We're just trying to find the best 11 players we can and then figure out where the rest of the guys are going to fit. It’s not out of the question, but time will tell a little bit more on that."
Zimmer was a strong-side linebacker last season for the Vikings.
James is 5-foot-10, 180 pounds and could be a slot corner down the road in Minnesota. He will also play on special teams.
In 2013, James recorded a stat line of 36-9-2 with 2.5 tackles for loss in 13 starts at right corner. He also had a blocked field goal against New Hampshire.
Rudolph has lost about 15 pounds and is expecting a bigger role this upcoming season. His 2013 season was cut short because of a broken left foot. He caught 30 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns in eight games last season.
In 2013, Sherels appeared in all 16 games and started a career-high four contests. Sherels set the Vikings single-season record with a punt return average of 15.2 yards per return, ranking second in the NFL. His two career punt return touchdowns are tied for most in Vikings history.
"You can't work three [quarterbacks] for a long time, so the reps will get divided up differently," Turner said.
Turner added preseason games will factor "heavily" into the team's decision on a starter.
The report says the team is looking for a replacement for the departed Toby Gerhart and give Peterson a rest from time to time.
"He's getting to the point where you don't have to give him the ball 50 times a game for 16 games," said general manager Rick Spielman. "Adrian's the face of our franchise, but Norv (Turner) has a history of having two backs to keep him fresh, because I think it's very important as you go through the season that they're still strong in Week 16 and they're still strong when you get into the playoffs."
Minnesota doesn't have a surefire No. 2 back on the roster. Matt Asiata filled in for the injured Peterson and Gerhart in two games last December and performed admirably with 166 yards on 44 carries (a 3.8 average). But Asiata, entering his third season, is still raw.
After that, Minnesota has just Joe Banyard and Bradley Randle on the roster. They've mostly been practice squad players.
Johnson, who played defensive end in the Saints' 3-4 scheme, had interest from the Cowboys, Bears, Dolphins and Seahawks in addition to the Vikings.
Johnson has started all but one game over the last three years for the Vikings.
"This is what I've been looking for the past seven years," Peterson told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "And now I feel like we have an offense that fits our talent and what we have as far as the players at their positions and what they're able to do. I'm pretty excited for what Norv Turner is putting in for us. It's putting guys in opportunities to make plays and be more versatile as an offense. So I'm stoked about that."
Peterson said it's refreshing to play in an offense that's unpredictable.
"Not to take anything away from the coaches we had before, but just being more versatile as an offense," he said. "I just call it what it is. I feel in the past, we were predictable. You guys wrote stories about being predictable in the past seven years. You won't be able to write that story this year. That's pretty much all that I'm saying. You won't be able to do that because this offense is so versatile."
Minnesota was limited offensively, scoring just twice. Walsh did have two extra point attempts, but did not have another opportunity.
Yankey is a big of a late-bloomer, and put on a ton of weight once he reached college. He replaced Jonathan Martin in 2012, but moved over to guard last year. He projects as a guard in the NFL.
"Teddy's been really, really impressive and a lot further along than I expected him to be," Turner said, via the team's website. Turner also said Bridgewater "has his sights set on playing and playing well as soon as he can, so that’s what you want."
Coleman will try to make the final roster in Minnesota as a reserve defensive back and play on special teams.
Robison finished with three solo tackles (two solo), raising his season total to 31 tackles (21 solo) through 13 games.
McKinnon didn't do a lot of that in college at Georgia Southern but looked great running routes and showing off nice hands during OTAs and minicamp. McKinnon's usage will depend on a number of factors, including how often the team will want to spell Peterson. There's also a chance, per the paper, that McKinnon and Peterson could be on the field at the same time.
Ellison's only other two catches this year came Week 12 against the Packers. Banyard hadn't recorded a catch all season.
"We're going to get him more involved," Gray said per ESPN. "He'll be blitzing some. He'll be covering some. He'll be in the middle of the field. The thing that we're trying to do right now is, figure out what he's best at, and then put him in that position. Can he be one of the better safeties in the league, doing what we're teaching him here?"
Smith missed half of last season with a turf toe injury but still had 58 total tackles and a pair of interceptions.
Newly acquired quarterback Josh Freeman headlines the list, and is joined by offensive lineman Jeff Baca, linebackers Audie Cole and Gerald Hodges, defensive back Mistral Raymond, and defensive linemen Chase Baker and Justin Trattou.
Joseph was able to do individual drills during OTAs and said he's picking up the defensive scheme. "I feel like I'm not too far behind," he told the website. "I'm just waiting until the start of training camp, to show what I can do."
"Christian Ponder, I know people like to beat up on him, but I've been impressed with Christian," Turner said, per the team's website. "With his physical ability and the way he's worked and the progress he's made. He's eliminating a lot of the negative plays."
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