The Minnesota Vikings came out hot with a 5-0 start to the season even after a devastating Teddy Bridgewater injury. Later, the wheels fell off the bus for this team, ending the season 8-8 and missing the playoffs. So, what do the Minnesota Vikings need to Improve on?
This team needs improving mainly on the offensive side of the ball. Several reporters and experts think Minnesota will try to draft someone to make an impact on the offensive line. Names like Dan Feeney, Taylor Moton, Ethan Pocic, and Andrew Whitworth have been names thrown around for the second round selection the Vikings have (first round pick traded to the Philadelphia Eagles). But, for the O-line to succeed, they can not rely on a rookie.
The offense was ruined by injury and was probably to blame for the non-playoff season. Minnesota does have some great players coming back from injury as well. Such as Mike Harris, Matt Kalil, TJ Clemmings, and Brandon Fusco. They could possibly go for a decent lineman in the offseason. Another problem people think the Vikings have is the running back situation. Adrian Peterson is getting old and did not have a good line in front of him in the games he did play. Besides him, Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata got the job done in the receiving category and with a decent offensive line can put up reasonable numbers. I would not be surprised if they went out and got a new running back, then again, they do have Bishop Sankey on their practice squad. Sankey was a solid running back with his time with the Tennessee Titans.
In the case of Adrian Peterson, it looks like they might give him another year. If Pat Shurmur, Sam Bradford, and the Vikings offense can stay healthy and make big plays, the offense will be much improved. They do need get Cordarrelle Patterson the ball more, no doubt he is an incredible player who can make huge plays. As for the defense, they need to stay healthy and put pressure on opposing quarterbacks. They did a great job of that this year, but with Sharrif Floyd coming back, that is just another layer of danger for teams who go against Minnesota. With upcoming cornerbacks like Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes, safeties such as Harrison Smith and Andrew Sendejo, they will be hard to pass on. They are a reliable defense, but the offense needs to put up 6 when they are in the red zone. If they can do that, then Minnesota will be successful.