During the offseason the Minnesota Vikings made several bold moves, seeking to continue building on their success in 2012. While the addition of some big-name players is exciting, the team's success may ultimately depend on players no one is talking about.
The buzz around training camp seems to be the loudest around the team's newcomers as well as their best player.
Adrian Peterson is ready to back up his goal of rushing for 2,500 yards. Not only would it surpass Eric Dickerson's record by almost 400 yards, but he would become the first player in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards twice in his career.
There's plenty of interest in Percy Harvin's replacement, wide receiver Greg Jennings. It's almost matched by the excitement over the Vikings' first three draft picks—Sharrif Floyd, Xavier Rhodes and Cordarrelle Patterson, who signed just in time to start training camp.
Even some new faces who are a long shot to make the roster are getting a lot of attention, like former Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti.
As a make-or-break season for quarterback Christian Ponder, fans can find plenty of fodder to feed their purple fever.
For the following players, 2013 holds plenty of intrigue as they try to define their careers and help the Vikings make a return trip to the playoffs.