Along that line, the summer momentum is certainly building out at Winter Park as the Minnesota Vikings completed their OTAs last week and head into a mandatory three-day minicamp beginning on June 18.
After minicamp, the players will scatter to enjoy a good month and a half of summer before reporting to training camp July 25 at Mankato State University.
Hopes for the 2013 season are high across the league right now, but the Vikings believe they have more reasons to be excited than most teams. A surprising 2012 season yielded a 10-6 record and a playoff spot and quickly changed the forecast for the team from that of a complete rebuild to one that is ready to be a legitimate contender in the NFC North.
The expectation bar has been raised for a team that bottomed out at 3-13 just two seasons ago. Head coach Leslie Frazier and general manager Rick Spielman have done a masterful job of weathering the storm that comes with such a disastrous season.
Frazier's even-keel approach came off as a little too sleepy for some (a 3-13 record will do that), but his steady hand has proved to be just what the organization needed. There have been no overreactions to the good times or the bad, and the Vikings are clearly headed in the right direction as the 2013 season approaches.
As we head into the last week of football activity until training camp, we take a look at the latest buzz and storylines surrounding the Minnesota Vikings.