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Lunchbreak: New-Look Offense Likely for Vikings in 2017

The Vikings have a handful of fresh faces on offense in 2017, whether it's a pair of bookend tackles or new blood in the running back room.

Throw in the fact that Vikings Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur has had the entire offseason to implement his scheme, and it's safe to say Minnesota's offense will have a different feel than last season.

Ben Goessling of ESPN recently wrote that the Vikings evolving offense is the top storyline as the team prepares to head to Mankato for training camp.

Goessling wrote:

The Vikings will try to forge a new offensive identity in 2017 after saying goodbye to Adrian Peterson and bringing in two new running backs to replace their all-time leading rusher. Latavius Murray and Dalvin Cook figure to be featured in the backfield, but the Vikings won't funnel their offense through their ground game the way they did with Peterson. They'll involve their backs in the passing game, enlist the services of Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen and hope for an improvement from Laquon Treadwell, as they try to improve the league's fifth-worst offense from 2016 and make a decision on Sam Bradford's future.

Goessling also mentioned Cook as the rookie to watch, as the 41st overall pick took some reps with the first-team offense during spring practices. 

He holds Florida State's single-season rushing record and broke Warrick Dunn's career rushing record with the Seminoles. The two-time All-American totaled 4,464 yards and 46 touchdowns on 687 carries (6.5 yards per carry) and added 79 receptions for 935 yards in his college career. 

Cook got plenty of work with the first-team offense while Murray rehabbed from ankle surgery during the Vikings' spring program. The second-round pick from Florida State should have a significant role in the offense, both as a runner and receiver; coach Mike Zimmer said at the end of the offseason program he believes Cook "has a chance to be special."

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Rhodes was stout against the run in 2016

Xavier Rhodes made his first Pro Bowl in 2016 after locking down opposing wide receivers and snagging a career-high five interceptions.

But the Vikings cornerback is among the league's best players at his position in areas other than pass defense.

According to Pro Football Focus, Rhodes was graded as the NFL's top cornerback against the run with a mark of 86.4.

Rhodes recorded 54 total tackles (according to coaches' tally) and added two tackles for loss and a forced fumble.

The former first-round pick made his first career appearance in the NFL Top 100 list this offseason at No. 66 overall.

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