5 Minnesota Vikings Players Who Will Break out in 2012

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5 Minnesota Vikings Players Who Will Break out in 2012
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Kyle Rudolph with a catch over Major Wright (27)

If you've been following the Vikings this offseason, you know that they have declined to sign any of the marquee free agents. While that's disappointing to most, general manager Rick Spielman has a distinct plan for the team.

Spielman plans to use players already in house that can make an impact, whether on offense or defense. Nonetheless, the Vikings have made a few solid acquisitions.

For starters, Minnesota signed guard Geoff Schwartz, who is a tremendous run-blocker. They followed that up by signing fullback Jerome Felton—another player known for his blocking.

The Vikings made their biggest splash when they signed tight end John Carlson to a five-year, $25 million contract. Carlson is expected to serve as Minnesota's No. 2 tight end, but will still play a big role on offense.

Lastly, the Vikings signed cornerback Zackary Bowman, who previously played for the Bears for four seasons.

In addition, Minnesota re-signed both wide receiver Devin Aromashodu and outside linebacker Erin Henderson. Aromashodu will likely serve as Minnesota's third or fourth receiver, while Henderson is slotted to start, once again, at strong-side linebacker.

With all of this being said, many are still wondering: Who are going to be the big playmakers for the Minnesota Vikings this season?

This list will be comprised of five players that I deem poised to have a breakout 2012 season.

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