As the days of July come and go faster than a Johnny Depp movie, (wasn't it just July 4th five minutes ago?), there are 95 guys who are down to their last week of summer before they'll report to Mankato, Minnesota on July 25 for the beginning of Vikings' training camp.
Like every year at training camp, you'll be able to notice some guys who trained harder than everybody else in the offseason (Adrian Peterson will be one of those guys) and there will be guys who probably visited Dairy Queen once too often.
The Vikings will be opening training camp with as deep and talented a group as they've had in at least four seasons. General manager Rick Spielman and his staff have had two straight excellent drafts and they signed another group of free agents that should give a significant contribution in the coming season.
Minnesota now has nice depth at several positions on the field and this year's training camp should have some of the best position battles we've seen at Mankato in years. Offensive line, wide receiver, defensive line, linebacker and secondary positions are all up for grabs with two or three players with legitimate starting chances squaring off.
Here we look at eight players who could be big surprises at Vikings' training camp this summer.