The Minnesota Vikings’ 5 Most Intriguing Players of 2014

The 5 Most Intriguing Vikings Heading into 2014

Cordarrelle Patterson
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The Minnesota Vikings went into the 2014 offseason knowing they needed to make some significant changes. They rebuilt the coaching staff, added some key free agents, and brought in another impressive draft class. The 2014 season is full of intrigue, with several players primed for huge seasons.

With that in mind, here’s a look at five Vikings carrying the most intrigue into the 2014 campaign.

OLB Anthony Barr

Anthony Barr
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OLB Anthony Barr

Anthony Barr
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While I’m no fan of the Vikings’ decision to draft Barr, I’ll admit there’s plenty of intrigue with the athletic outside linebacker. Not only is he an elite athlete, but he has excellent closing speed and the bend to be a difference maker in pass rush. There’s still plenty that Barr must learn about being an NFL player, but the potential is there for him to develop into a playmaker for the Vikings.

CB Xavier Rhodes

Xavier Rhodes
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CB Xavier Rhodes

Xavier Rhodes
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Despite being a rookie, Rhodes was arguably the Vikings’ best cornerback in 2013. With a full season under his belt, the former first-round pick should be headed for a monster year in Minnesota. Now taking over as the clear-cut starter across from offseason acquisition Captain Munnerlyn, Rhodes should have plenty of opportunities to prove that he’s one of the top up-and-coming cornerbacks in 2014.

QB Teddy Bridgewater

QB Teddy Bridgewater
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QB Teddy Bridgewater

QB Teddy Bridgewater
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The Vikings are determined not to rush Bridgewater into a starting role, which means Matt Cassel will likely start the season atop the depth chart. However, it shouldn’t be too long before Minnesota can’t keep their young gunslinger out of the lineup. He’s smart, athletic, has tremendous football IQ and thrives in pressure situations. Sounds like something the Vikings have been missing for some time.

DE Everson Griffen

Everson Griffin
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DE Everson Griffen

Everson Griffin
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This offseason, the Vikings made a drastic move in signing Griffen to a five-year, $42.5 million contract as he prepares to take over for Jared Allen as the starting right end. However, there’s still some concern that it was a hasty move on Minnesota’s end. Griffen is an unproven starter who has shown flashes of being a dynamic pass rusher. Will he live up to his huge contract in 2014 or will the Vikings end up regretting their decision?

WR Cordarrelle Patterson

Cordarrelle Patterson
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WR Cordarrelle Patterson

Cordarrelle Patterson
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Last season, we saw flashes of something special from Patterson, who is absolutely electric with the football in his hands. Whether he’s catching passes, running reverses or returning kicks, Patterson seems to always be a step or two away from finding the end zone. Unfortunately, the Vikings didn’t use him as much as they should have in 2013. Will the story be different in 2014?

Gil Alcaraz IV is the Director of Content for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GilAlcarazIV, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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