|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|
|11||Cooper, Josh||WR||5-11||185||1/8/1989||3||Oklahoma 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|
|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|
|72||Hall, Matt||T||6-9||326||4/24/1990||R||Belhaven College|
|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|
|69||Nealy, Spencer||DE||6-3||295||12/8/1989||1||Texas A&M|
|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|
|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.
Barr, a former running back, is powerful, athletic and fast but has just two years of work on defense at UCLA. The numbers are great -- he totaled 152 tackles and 23.5 sacks in two seasons -- and the coaching staff he'll work with is also great. But for Fantasy purposes he could lag statistically because of his likely role as a strong-side linebacker.
Unless the Vikings rid themselves of Chad Greenway, there's a chance Barr will underwhelm. We'd take him late in seasonal and long-term Fantasy leagues and with a third- or fourth-round pick in rookie-only drafts.
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.
"Becoming more explosive in and out of cuts, that was the big emphasis for me, going back and watching a ton of (Cleveland) Browns tape (when Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner was the coordinator there last year)," Rudolph said.
"I've always watched a lot of (San Diego Chargers tight end) Antonio Gates (who played for Turner from 2007-12), and I don't know that there's anyone as good as him at getting in and out of breaks. That's been the big point of emphasis for me the whole year, and getting the weight down has helped a ton, I think. I feel like I run a lot smoother than I did at 275."
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.
He'll try to beat out Matt Cassel for the starting job.
Munnerlyn spent the first five seasons of his career with the Panthers, recording seven interceptions in 77 games. He had a knack for big plays last season, scoring two touchdowns on interceptions, picking up 3.5 sacks and racking up 74 tackles while playing all 16 games.
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.
That's why Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner has new plans for Peterson as he installs his offense. Turner, along with head coach Mike Zimmer, want to turn some of Peterson's carries into catches, according to ESPN. Not only should that cut down on the wear-and-tear he'd take on, but it also puts the explosive Peterson out in space against smaller defenders.
Peterson had a career high 43 catches for 436 yards in 2009. He's never had more than one receiving touchdown in a season.
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.
Nealy apologized and took responsibility in a statement, saying he took a supplement containing a banned stimulant.
Sendejo has totaled 73 tackles (44 solo) through 13 games.
"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.
ESPN believes Turner will get the ball to Patterson "as much as he can" because of his incredible playmaking ability. Patterson is 6-foot-2, 220 pounds and runs like the wind. He figures to be the Vikings' best offensive weapon behind Adrian Peterson.
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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