Vikings Look To Future After Key Losses

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How will the Vikings fare in 2014?

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  1. majesty95

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    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. --- The Minnesota Vikings finished just 7-9 in 2012 and hit the free agent market the following offseason looking to shore up their holes and make a run at the Super Bowl in 2013. Minnesota added a bevy of players through free agency that offseason and were able to make a significant jump to 12-4 and an appearance in the NFC Championship game. While several of the free agent signings from last year remain, two key players called an end to their careers, quarterback Kurt Warner and wide receiver Randy Moss, leaving two significant holes for the team to fill this offseason.

    Warner came out of retirement to help the Vikings accumulate the third most yards in the NFL last season while Moss made his third appearance on a Minnesota roster and was an instrumental part in the Vikings' offensive turnaround. Although the Vikings knew that both players could be on loan for just one season, secretly they hoped they would both return, especially if they feel short of a Super Bowl, which the team did. Now that both players have called it quits on their careers the Vikings must look elsewhere to replace that lost production.

    During the 2013 NFL Draft the Vikings drafted a pair of offensive players that they hope will contribute to the team in the coming seasons. Both players were hoped to be future stars and players which the team could build around.

    With their first pick of the draft (10th of the 2nd round) Minnesota took what they hope will be their quarterback of the future in Brett Ray. Ray has an enormous arm and led the team to a come from behind win against the Redskins this season after Warner struggled earlier in the game. Some fans even wondered why Ray did not get a shot in the NFC title game when Warner struggled against the Cardinals. Now the former West Virginia Mountaineer will get his shot at leading the team. Ray will be under a lot of scrutiny and have a great deal of pressure on him after this team came within one game of the Super Bowl this season.

    In the third round of last year's draft the Vikings took University of Wisconsin wide receiver Reginald Thomas. Minnesota hoped that he would one day pair with Percy Harvin to form an explosive wideout tandem for the team. While Thomas was a productive punt returner last season he failed to contribute much to the team offensively. With the loss of Moss, Harvin will now likely slide into a starting role and Thomas will be looked upon to fill the slot receiver position. Nobody is sure how the Vikings feel about Thomas and his upside so they could always look to free agency or one of the other receivers on their roster. But a breakout season from the 5'11" speedster would certainly go a long way in helping to solidify the offense.

    Outside of quarterback and wide receiver, almost all of last year's team remains. However, inconsistent quarterback play and unreliable targets in the passing game plagues the team two seasons ago. Only time will tell how big of an impact Warner and Moss really had on this team and if they still have the tools to necessary to get the franchise it's first every Super Bowl win.
     
  2. bigtubb_

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    Unless u get a reliable qb all people will do is key in on AP....we know Percy is fast but he won't change the game like AP
     
  3. RVallee

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    I agree, I ran with a Vikings team earlier this year. AP's by far my favorite HB to use, but can only go so far, especially against other great Madden players. You need that QB to take the heat off, stretch out the field. Be interesting to see how Brett Ray does. My other league has that same draft and I was hoping to swipe Ray in the late rounds but apparently someone else saw that 99 thp also lol.

    Anyway, best of luck with the season
     

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