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1. Greg Jennings
The Vikings signed Jennings away from the Green Bay Packers to take over the No. 1 wide receiver spot vacated by Percy Harvin. A pro's pro, Jennings will be expected to lead the Vikings in receptions and teach the young Vikings receiving corps the tricks of the trade. Jennings isn't the football player that Percy Harvin is, but at this point, he might just be more valuable to them considering the growth needed from Christian Ponder and the rest of the receivers.
2. Jerome Simpson
Don't get too comfortable in this spot, Jerome, it could change at the drop of a hat (or football.) Simpson looked healthy and athletic at the OTAs, but he was a huge disappointment for the Vikings in 2012 after a series of injuries kept him from having any impact on the team. Simpson is as anxious as anybody to show his coaches, teammates and Vikings fans what he can do.
3. Cordarrelle Patterson
Yes, the rookie is raw. But he's raw like the biggest, best-looking steak you've ever seen. Patterson is a 6'2", 220-pound statue of athleticism. He'll return kickoffs right from the get-go, and his spot in the receiving rotation will simply come down to how quickly he can prove he belongs there. The Vikings are salivating at his potential, and he could become the team's No. 1 receiver for years to come.
4. Jarius Wright
Expected to take over the slot receiver position vacated by Percy Harvin, Wright looked more than capable once he got on the field in the Vikings' last seven games of 2012. Having said that, it's insane to think that the Vikings will expect Wright to take on Harvin's role, because they won't. Viking fans should think more along the lines of Leo Lewis or Hassan Jones than Percy Harvin.
5. Stephen Burton
Here's where things will get interesting among the Vikings receivers. Stephen Burton has showed enough in practice over his three years to ensure he's still around. He's in that precarious spot of getting very few game reps and not really doing anything great with them. He'll get more opportunities this summer, but his roster spot is certainly in jeopardy.
6. Joe Webb
He's 6'4", 220 pounds and has good hands. We've seen what he can do with the football in his hands (he can't throw it accurately, but he won't be asked to do that anymore.) The Joe Webb at wide receiver experiment is one of the most interesting that will happen this summer with the Vikings. He understands the offense. He's an athlete. That doesn't necessarily mean he can play wide receiver in the NFL. Stay tuned.
7. Greg Childs
Nobody knows. He's worked his butt off to rehabilitate his knees, and anyone who's been watching is pulling for the kid to make a complete recovery. The Vikings will more than likely ease him back into football activity. We'll know more on Childs come August.
8. Chris Summers
9. Rodney Smith
10. Adam Thielen
This is "the field" in a horse race. They won't get a ton of reps once training camp rolls around. It can be a frustrating, agonizing position to be in, trying to prove yourself without getting ample opportunity. What these players can do is bust their asses in every drill, catch every ball thrown their way and volunteer for every special team role. They can do all of that and still not get enough opportunity. It's a numbers game, and for these receivers, they simply have to make it so the Vikings coaches can't cut them.