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Minnesota Vikings: 5 Potential Pro Bowlers For 2014

5 Minnesota Vikings Who Could Make the Pro Bowl in 2014

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The Minnesota Vikings had a disappointing 2013 season, fueled by deficiencies at quarterback and in the secondary. That may obscure the number of talented players elsewhere on the roster, which has a chance to change dramatically with Mike Zimmer in place as head coach this year.

Here are five Vikings I think could make the Pro Bowl after the coming season.

5. WR Cordarrelle Patterson

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5. WR Cordarrelle Patterson

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Patterson made the Pro Bowl as a kick returner after his rookie season last year. With an expanded offensive role from the start this season, a Pro Bowl nod as a wide receiver is not out of the question.

4. LB Chad Greenway

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4. LB Chad Greenway

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Greenway is a two-time Pro Bowler, and he has at least 130 total tackles in four straight seasons. I expect Zimmer's defensive scheme to put him in a position to be an impact player, with interceptions and sacks to go along with his tackle total.

3. RB Adrian Peterson

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3. RB Adrian Peterson

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Peterson is perhaps the most obvious one on this list. But he is still one of the best running backs in the league, and could be revitalized a bit by the presence of offensive coordinator Norv Turner.

2. LT Matt Kalil

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2. LT Matt Kalil

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Kalil had a disappointing 2013 season, due in part to a knee injury that hampered him. Now fully healthy, I expect him to re-establish himself as one of the top left tackles in the league and make the Pro Bowl for the second time in three NFL seasons.

1. TE Kyle Rudolph

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1. TE Kyle Rudolph

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Rudolph is in line for a breakout season this year, with career-highs across the board well within reach if he stays healthy. He played in the Pro Bowl after the 2012 season as a replacement and was named MVP of the game, for what that's worth.