Minnesota Vikings: Three players that need to have career seasons

The Vikings will be a long-shot to win the brutal NFC North Division in 2014, but possess the talent to do some damage if all of the pieces fall into place under the new coaching regime.

Minnesota will be learning hard-nosed defensive that corresponds with a run-and-gun type offense. Typically it takes a team under a new system at least a season to adapt, but the Vikings have young players that could make next season very fun to watch.

Here are three players that must have career seasons for the Vikings to do damage in the NFC North:

1. Greg Jennings

Norv Turner will be running the show now as offensive coordinator, so hopefully Jennings will be utilized better in the Vikings’ offense. Last season, Jennings had 68 receptions for 804 yards and four touchdowns last season. That’s not a terrible season, but for a team’s number one receiver those numbers are a little pathetic. Jennings needs 10 touchdowns and 85 catches to solidify himself as a dangerous receiver again in the NFL. The Vikings desperately need a top-receiver to compete with the rest of the NFC North.

2. Matt Cassel

This one is obvious. While a ‘career year’ might be a bit of a stretch for Cassel, he still needs to be solid. Cassel was alright for the Vikings in limited play, but struggled on the road. 20-25 touchdown passes and limited interceptions would be ideal, but Minnesota needs Cassel to be efficient. make the proper throws, and limit the turnovers. The Vikings haven’t had a QB capable of managing a effective game on a consistent basis since Brett Favre.

3. Captain Munnerlyn

The Vikings had one of the worst passing defenses in the NFL last season and Munnerlyn will be expected to help reverse that trend in 2014. Munnerlyn recorded 74 tackles and two interceptions with Carolina next season, but the Vikings will need more from him than that. Munnerlyn is a young 25-year-old, speedy cornerback capable of making game changing plays. The Vikings need him to lead the NFC North in interceptions, shut down prime-time receivers like Calvin Johnson, and make the quarterback’s think twice before throwing his way.

If these three guys can have monster seasons, there may be hope for the Vikings in 2014.

  • Invictus Corruptus

    I think they need big seasons from Shariff Floyd, Everson Griffen and whomever the CB is opposite of Xavier Rhodes. We won’t need Jennings to score 10 TD’s if Cordarelle Patterson and Jarius Wright continue to progress into threats. If the defense improves it will be ground and pound with AP.

    Cassel and the passing game should and must improve under Norv Turner but if Floyd, Griffen and the other CB have big years Cassel will just be asked to manage the game with Turner picking his spots to go deep.

  • Civitas

    They need a new left guard and another safety to compliment Harrison Smith. The line backers will be by committee and the outside offensive tackles will just have to find a better way to protect.

    • Jcfouks

      We drafted the new LG out of Stanford in Yankey. I bet he starts week 1 after he gets caught up the pre-season

  • RMS

    Oh, dont like the comment so delete it?