Adrian Peterson’s new contract will dominate the headlines at the start of Minnesota Vikings training camp. So will speculation and reaction to the start of Teddy Bridgewater’s second season.
But who are the players to watch with something to prove in order to earn playing time, perhaps even a starting role?
Cordarrelle Patterson’s strong rookie season turned into the explosive receiver losing his starting job in the second half of his second season. He played only 27 offensive snaps in the final five games and it wasn’t because of injuries. Can he rebound after an offseason that he admitted was the most important in his career?
What about the little-talked-about MyCole Pruitt. The tight end was only a fifth-round draft pick, but the Vikings seem to have some versatile plans for how to use him in the offense. His role could be similar to the one Charles Clay had in Miami, and he will be even more important if Kyle Rudolph continues a two-year trend of missing games due to injury.
What about right guard? Brandon Fusco has moved to left guard, leaving an opening on the right side that will be competed for by two rookies – T.J. Clemmings and Tyrus Thompson – as well as David Yankey and possibly Joe Berger.
It all goes down at Vikings training camp, with practices starting Sunday.