Matt Kalil had a miserable 2014 campaign, and in general the exterior of Minnesota's offensive line was not very strong. Protecting Teddy Bridgewater is the name of the game for GM Rick Spielman, who certainly doesn't want his future franchise face to run for his life on every dropback. Building up the entire o-line is the best move for this team, but considering they have more pressing needs and that the interior of the line wasn't so awful in 2014, tackle would be the primary area to improve this offseason.
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The stormclouds hovering over Adrian Peterson's relationship with the franchise are evident. He's made it clear that he's no longer happy or willing to play in the Twin Cities. Outside of Peterson, the backfield of Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata is an okay substitute, but it's not ideal. Asiata is a free agent and may not even be a Viking for much longer. Adding a dynamic back to the roster would help provide the jolt of energy Minnesota's offense so desperately needs. It would also take some pressure off of Teddy Bridgewater.
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Cordarrelle Patterson, who was expected to have a breakout sophomore season, was a disappointment in 2014. The young wideout has all offseason to improve his game and learn his role in the offense. Beyond him, this is essentially a patchwork group of WRs. Charles Johnson played very well, and Jairus Wright and Greg Jennings were okay. That said, the Vikings would be wise to upgrade and improve upon their receiving corps. Teddy Bridgewater's game will only improve with an upgrade in this area, and whether it's through free agency or the draft, finding a quality receiver shouldn't be too much of a problem.
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Inside, outside, middle ... it's not really one specific area of the linebacking corps that could use an upgrade as much as it is the entire unit. Chad Greenway is getting older, and may not even be a Viking by the time the start of the 2015 season rolls around. Audie Cole is a nice young player, as is Anthony Barr. Jasper Brinkley had a nice season, but he's a free agent, and whether or not he's resigned is inconsequential. The fact remains that the linebacking corps is the weakest area of a Minnesota defense that's pretty strong. Luckily for the Vikings, stocking up their should prove fairly easy this year.
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Vladimir Ducasse will be a free agent, as will Joe Berger, and in general the o-line could use an upgrade. The Vikings are pretty set on defense, and offense as a whole was Minneota's biggest weakness in 2014. Adding some new guards to the line via free agency or the draft can help solidify the running game, allowing the Vikings' offense to be less one-dimensional and more balanced.