5 Most Disappointing Minnesota Vikings Players In 2015

By Brad Berreman

Despite Sunday’s gut-wrenching playoff loss, a division title and an 11-5 regular season record makes the 2015 season a success for the Minnesota Vikings. But that doesn’t make them exempt from criticism, so here are the Vikings’ five most disappointing players from this season.

5 Most Disappointing Minnesota Vikings Players In 2015
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5. OG Brandon Fusco

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Fusco came back from injury this year, and he also shifted to left guard from his customary right guard spot. Via free agency or the draft, the Vikings need to make sure Fusco can make a permanent move back to right guard next season.

5. OG Brandon Fusco

Fusco came back from injury this year, and he also shifted to left guard from his customary right guard spot. Via free agency or the draft, the Vikings need to make sure Fusco can make a permanent move back to right guard next season.

4. WR Cordarrelle Patterson

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The Vikings need help at wide receiver, but it's clear Patterson continues to make no case for playing time. Once-high expectations surrounding him have surely taken a hit over the last two seasons, but Patterson still goes down as a disappointment for the 2015 season.

4. WR Cordarrelle Patterson

The Vikings need help at wide receiver, but it's clear Patterson continues to make no case for playing time. Once-high expectations surrounding him have surely taken a hit over the last two seasons, but Patterson still goes down as a disappointment for the 2015 season.

3. CB Xavier Rhodes

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Rhodes regressed this season, after a promising 2014 campaign, with his overly physical tendencies inviting penalties. Three years into his career, Rhodes has just two interceptions.

3. CB Xavier Rhodes

Rhodes regressed this season, after a promising 2014 campaign, with his overly physical tendencies inviting penalties. Three years into his career, Rhodes has just two interceptions.

2. QB Teddy Bridgewater

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The return of Adrian Peterson, in theory, put Bridgewater in line for a breakout season. But the results were not there, with 14 passing touchdowns during the regular season (four in one game), as offensive coordinator Norv Turner struggled to mesh his quarterback and No. 1 running back with consistent success. The year of 2016 should bring a shift in offensive philosophy toward the quarterback, so I'm not ready to call Bridgewater an outright failure yet.

2. QB Teddy Bridgewater

The return of Adrian Peterson, in theory, put Bridgewater in line for a breakout season. But the results were not there, with 14 passing touchdowns during the regular season (four in one game), as offensive coordinator Norv Turner struggled to mesh his quarterback and No. 1 running back with consistent success. The year of 2016 should bring a shift in offensive philosophy toward the quarterback, so I'm not ready to call Bridgewater an outright failure yet.

1. WR Mike Wallace

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Bridgewater's limitations were a factor, along with an offense centered around Adrian Peterson, but there's no getting around Wallace's dismal 2015 campaign (39 receptions for 473 yards and two touchdowns). He's due to make $11.45 million in base salary next season, at the age of 30, so Wallace is not likely to have a second season in Minnesota.

1. WR Mike Wallace

Bridgewater's limitations were a factor, along with an offense centered around Adrian Peterson, but there's no getting around Wallace's dismal 2015 campaign (39 receptions for 473 yards and two touchdowns). He's due to make $11.45 million in base salary next season, at the age of 30, so Wallace is not likely to have a second season in Minnesota.

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