After signing WR Greg Jennings and trading up to draft WR Cordarrelle Patterson in the first round, the Vikings have a stronger group of wide receivers for still-developing quarterback Christian Ponder. Because of that, they'd like to rely a little less on Adrian Peterson this season.
"Adrian will be the first person to tell you: He'll trade in a 2,500-yard rushing season for a Super Bowl ring. It's not imperative that he rushed for 2,000 yards, or 2,500 yards, for us to win. We want to be a balanced attack," coach Leslie Frazier said. "Our offense is always going to run through Adrian, but we want to be able to pass the ball better than we did a year ago."
We'll see how this works out... There have already been reports that say Ponder will be on a short string, as the team signed Matt Cassel to be the backup. Despite wanting to be more "balanced," Peterson is still our top back and will likely be the first pick in most drafts.