I received a few questions about the Minnesota Vikings through Twitter, Facebook and email. I will answer those questions in this article.
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Is Christian Ponder the quarterback most on the hot seat this season?
Yes, the closest quarterback to him is Mark Sanchez. The reason Ponder’s seat is hotter is because 1) the Vikings are better than the New York Jets and have higher expectations this season and 2) Ponder’s backup is former starter and veteran Matt Cassel while Sanchez has rookie second round draft pick Geno Smith as a backup.
Beside Adrian Peterson, who is the best player on the Vikings for my fantasy team?
Kicker Blair Walsh and tight end Kyle Rudolph are the two that should be the most owned Vikings, other than Peterson. Neither plays a deep fantasy position and won’t have as many competitors for the top 10.
A sleeper is Jerome Simpson. He should be more comfortable with the offense and Ponder in his second year in Minnesota. But, most importantly, he is the No. 2 receiver and not the No. 1. He is not going to be an every week starter, but could be a nice bye week fill-in against the right opponent.
What are the realistic expectations for Michael Mauti?
He suffered a major knee injury last fall and was taken in the seventh round of the draft in April. He has been cleared to make full contact, but is most likely to be on the practice squad this season or a special teams player.
Adrian Peterson says he is going for 2,500 yards. What is a more realistic number?
If is pretty safe to assume Peterson is not going to reach his goal. It is good that he wants to push the limit, but the Vikings are not going to force him to get close to that number. If they force it, he is not going to be successful and neither will the team.
However, if he can keep getting long runs like he did late last season over the entire season, he will hit the 2,000-yard make again.
Who are going to be the starting wide receivers this season?
Greg Jennings is going to be the No. 1 guy. The other outside receiver will be Simpson. The first option in the slot will be Jarius Wright. All is fluid and will change from day to day.
Are Greg Jennings comments out of line or just part of the rivalry?
Leslie Frazier didn’t like them. He has talked to the receiver about it.
My take is that everyone is making a bigger deal out of them than they are.
Every team suffers injuries, but who is the player the Vikings cannot afford to lose? I know Adrian Peterson is the obvious answer. But, with Toby Gerhart as his backup, is he the most irreplaceable?
Losing Peterson would be a huge blow, but Gerhart is a solid guy to have as a backup. The most irreplaceable players are the offensive linemen, especially the tackles. Matt Kalil and Phil Loadholt were among the best offensive tackles in the NFL last season. Behind them is a big problem, Charlie Johnson would slide out from left guard to tackle and Joe Berger would move into the starting guard spot. Johnson struggled as a left tackle his first year in Minnesota in 2011. The No. 2 right tackle behind Loadholt is still a question mark.
Losing either tackle would sink the Vikings more than the loss of Peterson.