Minnesota Vikings: 5 Young Players Who Will Improve In 2014

By Robert Reidell

Minnesota Vikings: 5 Young Players Who Will Improve In 2014

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History has proven that the successful development of young players is one of the biggest keys to winning the Super Bowl. The Minnesota Vikings, a team filled with young and talented players, will attempt to do just that.

Here are five young Vikings players who will improve the most in 2014.

5. CB Josh Robinson

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5. CB Josh Robinson

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Robinson is overflowing with potential, but simply has not been able to produce at a high level to this point in his career. Entering his third year, Robinson will be under pressure to have a productive season. He will have every opportunity to do so as he will not only have Mike Zimmer’s tutelage, but will be playing on the outside once again where he feels more comfortable.

4. DT Shariff Floyd

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4. DT Shariff Floyd

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The first of the Vikings’ three first-round picks in 2013, Floyd was also the most underwhelming in his rookie season. However, he also received the least opportunity to flash his potential as his route to becoming a starter was blocked by Kevin Williams. This season, however, Floyd will start opposite a proven veteran in Linval Joseph, giving him every opportunity to succeed in Zimmer’s historically successful defensive scheme.

3. WR Jarius Wright

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3. WR Jarius Wright

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Many believed that 2013 would be the season that Wright would break out. However, with an unsettled quarterback situation, Wright again was only able to show flashes of untapped potential. With Norv Turner now at the offensive helm and an improved quarterback situation, Wright will have his best opportunity to date to produce in the NFL.

2. CB Xavier Rhodes

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2. CB Xavier Rhodes

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Rhodes had an up-and-down year in his rookie season with the Vikings. He flashed the potential of becoming a shutdown cornerback at times, but was easily burned by opposing wide receivers on occasion. However, he was at his best towards the end of 2013 before sustaining an injury. Keeping this in mind, Rhodes is also a great fit for Zimmer’s defensive scheme, making him the perfect breakout candidate.

1. WR Cordarrelle Patterson

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1. WR Cordarrelle Patterson

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Patterson was arguably the most productive wide receiver in the NFL over the final five games of the 2013 NFL season. He is reportedly lightyears ahead of where he was during last season's training camp, and is also expected to play an important role in a new-look Vikings offense this season. With these reasons for optimism and plenty of others, it should come as no surprise when Patterson shows vast improvement in 2014.

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+

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