|Offense||29th||138.2 (4th)||183.0 (30th)|
|Defense||13th||109.2 (16th)||234.9 (12th)|
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Ross had 958 yards rushing in 12 games last season as a senior with an impressive 6.5 yards per carry and 10 touchdowns. He'll compete with Matt Asiata and Blake Renaud for a final spot on the running back depth chart.
Patterson was selected 29th overall in 2013, but has largely underwhelmed as a wide receiver, as his 863 career receiving yards might suggest. While he's proven to be a dynamic kickoff returner, his fifth-year option of nearly $8 million proved far too steep for the Vikings to match. As a result, Patterson will become a free agent after the upcoming season, when his already reduced receiving role should be further impacted by Minnesota's first-round selection of Laquon Treadwell.
Floyd missed three games last season due to injury, limiting him to just 34 tackles and 2.5 sacks. However, in head coach Mike Zimmer's defense, Floyd plays a critical role at defensive tackle, and has shown enough when healthy to justify the Vikings extending his rookie contract into 2017 by exercising the option.
Rhodes was drafted 25th overall in 2013 and has emerged as a starting cornerback for the Vikings over the past two seasons. A long, rangy corner, Rhodes was most impressive last season, registering a career-best 58 tackles while also defending at least 10 passes for the third straight year.
With Stefon Diggs likely to enter training camp as the No. 1 receiver and Jarius Wright expected to retain the slot receive role, Johnson may continue to be relegated in the offense if Treadwell wins the No. 2 receiver role. Johnson emerged in the second half of the 2014 campaign, accruing 25 receptions on 46 targets for 415 yards and two touchdowns across the final seven games, but struggled last season with injuries, was phased out of the offense, and went without a catch after Week 9. The drafting of Treadwell will likely push Johnson towards a minimal role again in 2016.
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