Minnesota Vikings

Stadium: TCF Bank Stadium | Coach: Mike Zimmer
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense13th130.1 (9th)214.2 (21st)
Defense26th110.4 (13th)287.2 (29th)
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Cordarrelle Patterson to stay involved in return game
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said the team wants receiver Cordarrelle Patterson to touch the ball as often as possible, which includes continuing to return kicks, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

"We want our best players to get their hands on the ball as much as possible. We're not going to keep him from returning kicks because he is such a dangerous weapon there," Zimmer said. "He's been a very hard worker, he has improved his route running since we've been here and things are going to change for these guys in training camp when we are able to start playing bump-and-run. For him to take the next step, we're going to have to see how he gets off a jam and the things that people will try to do to take him away."

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Chad Greenway could start at middle linebacker
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Chad Greenway is a realistic option to start at middle linebacker, reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

" 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.

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Vikes waive Spencer Nealy, add Michael Higgins
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

The Vikings waived defensive end Spencer Nealy, who was recently suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. To fill his spot, Minnesota signed former Saints tight end Mike Higgins.

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Norv Turner: Teddy Bridgewater should have gone Top 10
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner sounded impressed with rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater after Monday's workout, saying Bridgewater "should have gone in the first 10 picks." Minnesota selected Bridgewater with the 32nd and final pick of the first round.

He'll try to beat out Matt Cassel for the starting job.

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How much can Jerick McKinnon contribute in 2014?
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

Everyone knows that the Vikings' run game will revolve around Adrian Peterson. But the Minneapolis Star Tribune writes that rookie Jerick McKinnon will compete for playing time in camp this summer, likely as a pass-catching running back. 

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. 

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