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Minnesota Vikings Training Camp Preview

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

The Minnesota Vikings were one of the surprises in the NFL last season. They finished with a 13-3 record and the number two seed in the NFC. Minnesota defeated the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Divisional Round on a miraculous 67-yard touchdown to Stefon Diggs from Case Keenum as time expired.

Case Keenum is no longer the quarterback. He left for the Denver Broncos in free agency. Teddy Bridgewater left for the New York Jets and Sam Bradford left for the Arizona Cardinals. The Vikings also lost offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and he is the New York Giants head coach.

John DeFilippo was the Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach last season and he is the new offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings.

The Minnesota Vikings fell one win short of reaching the Super Bowl in their own stadium last season. They were annihilated in the NFC Championship Game on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Vikings have unfinished buisniess in 2018 and they are one of the favorites to win it all this season. Minnesota will begin training camp as a whole team not until Saturday July 28.

Kirk Cousins will be the starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings. He signed with them in the offseason after the Washington Redskins decided not to give him a long term deal. Trevor Siemian will be the backup. He was traded from the Denver Broncos. Kyle Sloter and Peter Pujals will compete for the third quarterback spot.

Dalvin Cook will be the starting running back. He tore his ACL at home in Week 4 against the Detroit Lions. Cook had an amazing first three plus games of his NFL career. He will be a major weapon in the Vikings offense. Latavius Murray will be the second running back. Mack Brown and rookies Roc Thomas, Michael Boone, and Johnny Stanton will compete for the final two running back spots on the roster.

C.J. Ham will be the full back.

Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen will be the top two receivers on the team. Laquon Treadwell will be the number three receiver and he could break out for them at some point. Kendall Wright and Tavarres King will also be on the roster at wide receiver. Stacy Coley, Cayleb Jones, and Brandon Zylstra will be compete for the final spot on the roster at wide receiver.

Kyle Rudolph will be the starting tight end. He is very underrated. The Vikings tight end game will take a hit if he gets injured. David Morgan II will be the second tight end and Blake Bell will be the third tight end.

The Minnesota Vikings upgraded the offensive line last season and it was one of the best in the NFL. Riley Reiff will be the starting left tackle, Nick Easton will be the starting left guard, Pat Elflein will be the starting center, Tom Compton will be the starting right guard, Mike Remmers will be the starting right tackle . Some key backup offensive line will include: Rashod Hill, Cornelius Edison, and Danny Isidora.

The Minnesota Vikings play a 4-3 defensive front. Head coach Mike Zimmer does a tremendous job anchoring this defense, considering he was once a defensive coordinator with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffen will be the starting defensive ends. Sheldon Richardson and Linval Joseph will be the starting defensive tackles. Rookies Jalyn Holmes and Curtis Cothran will compete for play time on the defensive line. So will Brian Robison and Stephen Weatherly.

The Vikings have one of the strongest linebacking cores in the NFL. Eric Kendricks, Anthony Barr, and Ben Gedeon will be the starters. Kentrell Brothers will be a key backup linebacker.

Minnesota's starting corners will be Trae Waynes and Xavier Rhodes. They are a very underrated cornerback duo. Andrew Sendejo and Harrison Smiths will be the starting safeties. Terence Newman and Mackensie Alexander will be the third and fourth corners on the roster. Rookie Mike Hughes and Jack Tocho will compete for the final cornerback spot. Anthony Harris will be a key backup safety.

Kai Forbath will be the Vikings kicker. Ryan Quigley will be the Vikings punter. Stacy Coley is projected to be Minnesota's kickoff and punt return guy, but will see if he even makes the roster.

The Minnesota Vikings are favorites to repeat as NFC North Champions. They open up the season at home on Sunday September 9 against the San Francisco 49ers. The Vikings will win somewhere between 11-13 games.

This article was originally published on @gk18