Minnesota Vikings: The 5 Biggest Takeaways from the First Week of Camp

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Minnesota Vikings: The 5 Biggest Takeaways from the First Week of Camp
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Lex Hilliard bursts away from defensive end D'Aundre Reed during minicamp

In order to effectively understand the 2012 Minnesota Vikings, fans need to know how they've changed since their 2011 season.

They've changed in some big ways.

The 3-13 performance demands tactical diversity from the Vikings as well as different personnel strategies. The Vikings have embraced this call wholeheartedly.

While obvious changes—like Ponder's vast improvement or Adrian Peterson's consistently quick rehabilitation—dominate the headlines, less obvious takeaways are nevertheless important.

What follows is a list of the five most significant things to take away from Vikings camp, culled from camp reports as well as direct observation.

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