Recently, Minnesota Vikings General Manager Rick Speilman stated that star running back Adrian Peterson’s career with the team was finished. With that being said, the Minnesota Vikings are now quarterback Sam Bradford’s team.
The team decided to trade for Bradford after Teddy Bridgewater suffered a season-ending injury during training camp. With Bradford under center, the Vikings would start off the season with a 5-0 record but would struggle down the stretch which resulted in the team not making the playoffs.
Now that Peterson is gone, the Vikings will now lean on the arm of Sam Bradford to lead them to the promise land. Teddy Bridgewater will most likely not be ready to play in 2017, so Bradford should not have to worry about the possibility of losing his job going into next season.
By far, this is the best roster that Bradford has been surrounded by during his injury-riddled career. He has a stud in wide receiver Stefon Diggs and could have another deep threat to throw the football to in Laquan Treadwell if he can ever put it all together.
There is one weak area on the Vikings offense that they must address either during free agency or in the upcoming NFL Draft. That area is the offensive line. One of the reasons why the Vikings were not capable of doing the damage that they were capable of was because Bradford did not have enough time in the pocket to make big plays.
The man that will be replacing Adrian Peterson at the running back position is former Oakland Raider Latavius Murray. Murray may be the starting running back for the Vikings, but will he have the kind of production that Peterson put out on a weekly basis?
We will have to find out on opening day in September. In 2016, Murray rushed for 788 yards and 12 touchdown scores. If the Vikings have a solid offensive line in 2017, Murray can have an even better season than he had in 2016.
The Vikings will be Sam Bradford’s last opportunity to show that he is capable of becoming a viable option at the quarterback position, if he fails with a ball club of this magnitude, he will become a permanent backup quarterback in the National Football League.
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