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The future of the Minnesota Vikings: The complete series

Oct 1, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; General view as the Minnesota Vikings play the Detroit Lions at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings have many crucial decisions to be made this offseason if they want to return to the top of the NFC North next season. Since the 2017 season ended in the NFC Championship game, we have been looking at every position and every player’s performance in 2017 and what’s next. Here is the complete series…

Quarterback

The Minnesota Vikings have three free agent quarterbacks. Will they bring one back or look elsewhere? Did Case Keenum play well enough to be considered the franchise quarterback or will Teddy Bridgewater take back the reins? Will the Vikings look outside the building for their next signal caller? 

The future of the Vikings, Part 1: The quarterbacks

Running back

Dalvin Cook got off to a hot start before suffering a season-ending injury. What did his first four games tell us about the future? Will Latavius Murray still have a role next season? Could the Vikings convince Jerick McKinnon to return? How will they replace him if he doesn’t? 

The future of the Vikings, part 2: The running backs

Wide receiver

What made Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs so effective this season? Will the Vikings have a true No. 3 receiver next season? Will Laquon Treadwell take the next step? 

The future of the Vikings, part 3: Wide receivers

Tight end

Kyle Rudolph’s fantasy numbers were down, but he was more effective in 2017 than 2016. How important was David Morgan in the Vikings’ offense? Will the Vikings ever find that “athletic” tight end? 

The future of the Vikings part 4: Tight ends

Offensive line

How the Vikings turned things around on the offensive line. Will they spend more in free agency to fill the right guard spot? Could Mike Remmers make a change to guard? Should we be excited about Pat Elflein’s future? Will Nick Easton start next year? 

The future of the Vikings, Part 5: The offensive line

Defensive line

The Vikings were the No. 1 defense in the NFL in large part because of the defensive line. How did Tom Johnson fair as a full-time starter at three-technique? Will the Vikings invest long term in Danielle Hunter? What do we make of Everson Griffen’s career best season? Will the Vikings follow the Eagles’ model and add more talent up front this offseason? 

The future of the Vikings, part 6: The defensive line

Linebackers

Did Anthony Barr have a bounce-back season? Will the Vikings sign him long term? Why Eric Kendricks is a consistent force. Did Ben Gedeon play a solid role this year? Is there another player to be added to the mix for depth purposes? 

The future of the Vikings, part 7: The linebackers

Cornerbacks

Did Trae Waynes convince the Vikings to use his fifth-year option? How Xavier Rhodes solidified his spot as an elite corner. Will the Vikings bring back Terence Newman? Should they sign another starting nickel corner or hand the role to Mackensie Alexander? 

The future of the Vikings, part 8: The cornerbacks

Safeties

Why Harrison Smith was one of the best players in the NFL this year. Andrew Sendejo had a career year. Jayron Kearse and Anthony Harris found their roles. And a creative option to help the Vikings become even more versatile…. 

The future of the Vikings, part 9: The safeties





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