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Minnesota Vikings’ 5 Most Irreplaceable Players in 2014

Minnesota Vikings: 5 Most Irreplaceable Players in 2014

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When a player is injured, suspended, traded or leaves through free agency, the team he was previously playing for is forced to replace him with somebody else. However, there are a few players on every NFL roster who make replacing them a very difficult task due to their importance to team success.

Here is a list of five Minnesota Vikings players that will prove that their production is irreplaceable in 2014.

5. DT Linval Joseph

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5. DT Linval Joseph

Linval Joseph Minnesota Vikings
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Interior defensive linemen rarely receive the recognition they deserve due to the fact that their role is not a flashy one. In Mike Zimmer’s defensive scheme, however, defensive tackle success is absolutely critical. Joseph has the ability to eat up blockers and make stops at the line of scrimmage, abilities that will prove to be an undeniable asset to a new-look Vikings defense.

4. TE Kyle Rudolph

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4. TE Kyle Rudolph

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The Vikings offense took a major blow last season when the team lost Rudolph to a foot injury. His role in the Vikings new-look offense will be even more vital to team success in 2014 given offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s history of using tight ends as a focal point. When healthy, Rudolph has been a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses, an asset that is not easily replaced.

3. CB Captain Munnerlyn

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3. CB Captain Munnerlyn

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Munnerlyn was the definition of a defensive playmaker during his time with the Carolina Panthers, intercepting passes and scoring defensive touchdowns. In a young secondary that has failed to produce results, Munnerlyn’s impact will be crucial to team success. Fellow Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes has stated that Munnerlyn has already established himself as a leader on defense, an on-field presence that is never easy to replace.

2. WR Cordarrelle Patterson

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2. WR Cordarrelle Patterson

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Nobody believed that Patterson could fill the void left by Percy Harvin when he was traded to the Seattle Seahawks early in 2013. In just one short season with the Vikings, Patterson made his presence known, scoring touchdowns in every possible way. Set to assume a bigger role in 2014, Patterson will prove to be an asset any team would have a difficult time replacing.

1. RB Adrian Peterson

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1. RB Adrian Peterson

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Arguably the most irreplaceable running back in the entire NFL, Peterson is a threat every time he touches the football. With Turner stating that he wants Peterson to have a bigger role in the Vikings’ passing game in 2014, Peterson could prove to be an even bigger offensive threat than he already has been over the past few seasons. Now that is a scary thought.

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+