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5 Biggest Duds From Minnesota Vikings Minicamp

5 Biggest Duds From Minnesota Vikings Minicamp

Mike Zimmer Minnesota Vikings
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Minicamp represents a great opportunity for players to assert themselves as candidates for a starting position or possibly just a roster spot. Unfortunately, in order for players to have success, others must fail. Here is a quick peak at five players who struggled during Minnesota Vikings mandatory minicamp.

5. CB Jabari Price

Jabari Price 2014 NFL Combine
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5. CB Jabari Price

Jabari Price 2014 NFL Combine
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The rookie cornerback from North Carolina experienced some typical rookie issues in his first NFL minicamp. He was burned coming off the line of scrimmage multiple times and at times struggled in coverage. However, this is something that hopefully can be corrected and improved throughout the summer.

4. WR Jerome Simpson

Jerome Simpson Minnesota Vikings
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4. WR Jerome Simpson

Jerome Simpson Minnesota Vikings
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It is no secret that Simpson is one of the more athletically gifted wide receivers in the entire NFL. Unfortunately, athleticism and pass-catching ability are two very different assets. Simpson struggled with drops a bit during minicamp, which may cost him a roster spot if this problem continues.

3. Late-Arriving Rookies

Anthony Barr Minnesota Vikings
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3. Late-Arriving Rookies

Anthony Barr Minnesota Vikings
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Anthony Barr (pictured), Scott Crichton and David Yankey all were forced to miss OTAs due to their academic schedules. As a result, Mike Zimmer stated that he was forced to ease them into minicamp workouts. While these players performed adequately, the missed time may prove to be a factor in their immediate playing time in the coming season.

2. Injured Defensive Backs

Andrew Sendejo Minnesota Vikings
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2. Injured Defensive Backs

Andrew Sendejo Minnesota Vikings
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Injuries are always unfortunate for a number of reasons. In this case, it may be a deciding factor in who is the Week 1 starter at safety opposite of Harrison Smith. Both Jamarca Sanford and Andrew Sendejo (pictured) were limited during minicamp allowing Robert Blanton, Kurt Coleman and Antone Exum to receive more snaps at the strong safety position.

1. QB Christian Ponder

Christian Ponder Minnesota Vikings
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1. QB Christian Ponder

Christian Ponder Minnesota Vikings
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Vikings fans likely will not be too surprised by the biggest disappointment of Vikings minicamp. Ponder reportedly threw a number of “wobbly” passes and struggled with completion percentage. As a result, he received minimal snaps at quarterback, as rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had one of the best minicamps of any Viking.

Robert Reidell is a Minnesota Vikings Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+