In the days leading up to 2014 Verizon Vikings Training Camp, vikings.com will take a position-by-position preview of the roster.
A combination of returning talent atop the depth chart and rich competition at the bottom, along with a perfect blend of experience and youthful vigor, has the Vikings wide receiver corps looking good as the team heads to Mankato for 2014 Verizon Vikings Training Camp. The group projects to be one of the strongest on the Vikings roster, and gives offensive coordinator Norv Turner and his quarterbacks plenty of ammunition to light up the scoreboard once the regular season arrives.
The Vikings top four receivers in terms of receptions and yards in 2013 all return for this year’s camp. Nine-year veteran
Aside from athleticism, experience and talent, a common trait among these four receivers is versatility. Jennings is a proven pro at both X and Z receiver, Patterson is a true offensive wild card who can lineup anywhere in the formation and be effective, and Wright has proven capable as an outside, downfield threat despite his size while also displaying the ability to make plays in the short and intermediate passing game.
After the top four, the Vikings have a logjam of young, potential-rich receivers who will battle for one or possibly two spots coming out of camp. The leader at this stage, it would seems, is
Not well known but also not to be discounted are undrafted free agent
Underscoring everything mentioned above is one very important aspect: position coach George Stewart. The 30-year coaching veteran will enter his eighth campaign with the Vikings, and his work here with receivers such as Percy Harvin, Sidney Rice and, now, Patterson, has been impressive. He has the luxury of returning his top four players from a season ago but will also relish in the challenge of developing a handful of young, unproven players to the point where they can make it difficult for the team to cut them once September rolls around.
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