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ENEMY lines WHAT A RIVAL COACH SAYS
"THIS IS A TEAM IN a bit of a transition offensively. Just a couple of years ago the Vikings used to be about Adrian Peterson running the ball and then throwing it downfield. But now he's hurt, and the young guy, Christian Ponder, is at quarterback, so I'm not sure what direction this offense will go this season.
I have a lot of respect for Peterson, but people are kidding themselves if they think that—just eight months after that knee injury—he can be anywhere close to the player he was. I don't doubt he'll try to play, that's how he is, but he won't be his normal self until next year at the earliest.
Toby Gerhart is no Peterson, but he can play a little. Though he doesn't have much wiggle, he's a tough runner. I wouldn't be surprised if he had more carries than Peterson at season's end.
I'm not sold on Ponder being a franchise quarterback. He's a smart kid, but he has a long way to go.
Percy Harvin is the best playmaker the Vikings have. He can do it all—catch the ball, run the ball. If he can stay on the field, I don't see why his numbers would go down.... The team added Jerome Simpson to be the No. 2 receiver, and he's an upgrade over Michael Jenkins, who I can't believe is still in the league.
Kyle Rudolph will be a highly productive pass-catching tight end, maybe as soon as this year—so I was shocked when the team added John Carlson. Maybe the Vikings want to be the Patriots of the NFC."
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