Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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Top 30 - 20 to 11 - Jerick McKinnon
Photos used courtesy of Andy Kunitis

The Minnesota Vikings have one of the NFL’s most talented rosters, making it difficult to narrow down the team’s top players. But we at Vikings Territory decided to tackle the task anyway, wrangling up some of the best Vikings writers around to help us name the the Top 30. If you missed the first entry of this series, check it out HERE.

Follow the jump for selections 20-11!

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Projecting the Vikings' Final 53-Man Roster
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The 2016 season inched forward a bit when the Vikings opened their OTA offseason workouts. With that came plenty of early optimism about the Vikings’ talented roster. Teddy is ready to throw for 10,000 yards. Adrian Peterson is in the best shape of his life. 2015 top pick Trae Waynes is thriving and Aaron Boone looks great in purple.

If you listen closely, you can hear the faintest of claims that the Vikings are a true Super Bowl contender.

It is too early to say most of these things, but when you start to stack Minnesota’s roster, you can see why the hype exists. I struggled with my first attempt to pencil in a final 53-man roster, mostly because there will be talented players who will inevitably be cut. The front office won’t have an easy task on their hands, but I’d take a loaded roster over a barren one any day of the week.

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In 2015, Kyle Rudolph managed to stay healthy for a full 16-game season for just the second time in his five-year NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings. The former Notre Dame standout also established a new career-high with 495 yards receiving on 49 receptions. Rudolph led the team with five touchdown catches while helping the Vikings capture the NFC North title.

Rudolph’s career has been slowed by injuries, a run oriented offense, changes in coaching staffs, and the development of two first-round rookie quarterbacks. It’s true, his production has not yet lived up to his talent level or lofty contract status. Sporting News goes as far as to rank Rudolph as the Vikings’ worst contract situation in their 32-team study of worst contracts per team.

Vikings fans are still waiting for Rudolph’s breakout season, and ESPN’s Ben Goessling believes Rudolph has the most to gain from the Vikings improved offensive line. According to Goessling, the Vikings’ instability on the offensive line affected how they used him last season. If the Vikings can protect Bridgewater better in 2016, he thinks Rudolph stands to benefit more than anyone else on the roster.

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Welcome To The Big Show - David Morgan

The team at Vikings Territory has been busy working to get to know each of our newest Vikings draft selections, and this week we will give you a chance to learn everything we know about these players through our reintroduction of the “Welcome to the Big Show” series. Next up is UTSA tight end David Morgan II.

ATTRIBUTES

HEIGHT: 6′ 4″

WEIGHT: 260 pounds

ARM LENGTH: 33.625 inches

HANDS: 10.5 inches

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Offense a Priority for Vikings
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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has two new potential targets in German wide receiver Möritz Boehringer and UTSA tight end David Morgan II. General manager Rick Spielman focused on offense late in the draft, picking players with very unique skill sets and potential fits in Minnesota.

Boehringer is 6’4,” 229 pounds, and compares athletically to players like Andre Johnson and Cordarrelle Patterson. When asked which receivers he hopes to mold his game after, Boehringer didn’t hesitate to pick two of the NFL’s best.

“A.J. Green and Julio Jones”

Morgan, the first player every drafted from the University of Texas San Antonio, is excited to join a tight ends group that includes Kyle Rudolph, MyCole Pruitt, and Rhett Ellison. “Being able to play in a tight-end heavy offense, how they move a bunch of guys around, it’s going to be awesome,” he said. “I can bring a lot to the table for them.”

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