If the Minnesota Vikings are going to survive in the NFC North, they're going to have to improve their passing game.
Most of that improvement hinges on the continued development of second-year QB Christian Ponder, but the core group of receivers around him has changed for the better.
The only receiver who will return to relevance in 2012 for the Vikings will be Percy Harvin. The additions of John Carlson and Jerome Simpson and the promotion of Kyle Rudolph up the depth chart gives Ponder a solid group of receivers to build with. Add in a few young receivers like Stephen Burton and rookies Jarius Wright and Greg Childs and the Vikings might scrap back to relevance in the next couple of years.
No matter how much better Ponder gets by 2012, his performance is dictated by the receivers around him, which was completely obvious after how many times Devin Aromashodu dropped passes in 2011.
Here are some predictions on who will lead the Vikings in each receiving category.
*Be warned: I'm not predicting statistics, just who will lead the category.