Minnesota Vikings: 7 Players Who Must Step Up in 2013

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Minnesota Vikings: 7 Players Who Must Step Up in 2013
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The NFL's 2013 free-agent class is down to the leftovers and scraps. What began as a sale at Macy's in Herald Square the weekend before Christmas has turned into a deserted outlet mall somewhere in the Nebraska plains.

The Minnesota Vikings became bigger players than normal, reacting to the trade of Percy Harvin by inking former Green Bay Packer Greg Jennings to a deal and also by adding veteran quarterback Matt Cassel to back up starter Christian Ponder.

The Vikings had what looks like another outstanding draft, landing four or five players who could spend some time in the starting lineup in 2013.

Coming off a surprising 2012 season that saw a 4-0 run to the playoffs has raised expectations in Minnesota. There is no doubt that general manager Rick Spielman has put together a very talented roster, and with up to 14 key players playing on the last year of their contracts, the Vikings will be looking to make plenty of noise in the NFC North in 2013.

We take a look at seven key players for the Vikings in 2013 who need to step up their games for Minnesota to reach its lofty goals.

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