By: Daniel House
I have divided my pre-training camp 53-man roster projection into two sections. With several new faces joining the team, there will be intriguing battles at wide receiver and offensive line. The breakdowns below explain the logic behind my "cuts" on offense. If you want to see the defensive portion of this series, click here.
Kyle Rudolph emerged as one of the highest targeted Vikings on offense, accounting for 33% of Minnesota's end zone passes. He has developed chemistry with quarterback Sam Bradford and had more time this offseason develop that connection. Rudolph posted his highest career touchdown and receiving yardage marks. He is poised to take another step this season as he doubled his games with 10+ targets from 3 during 2011-2015, to 6 in 2016. He won't provide much after the catch, but the Vikings drafted a new weapon to address this.
As I noted earlier, David Morgan will be asked to do some of the fullback work to save the Vikings a roster spot. Morgan is one of the best run blocking tight ends to come out of the NFL draft in recent seasons. He has impressive strength, delivering a strong punch and driving through the defender with his above average lower body strength. He won't be a massive threat in the passing game, but he'll be a powerful lead run blocker in certain sets. Getting him on one side of the field and letting him block is like having another offensive lineman on the field. Morgan will be a major asset in the running game as the Vikings deploy special packages to utilize his run blocking abilities.