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Minnesota Vikings 2013 Team Roster: Report Card Grades for Every Position

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Minnesota Vikings 2013 Team Roster: Report Card Grades for Every Position
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The Minnesota Vikings' quest to return to the playoffs begins in less than a week. It's a quest that will be more difficult than last year, when they surprised a lot of teams behind the very successful running of Adrian Peterson.

The Vikings will need an improved and consistent passing game in order to provide a more balanced attack on offense. The key will be the play of quarterback Christian Ponder.

On defense, the Vikings hope they have the formula that will sufficiently replace veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield and middle linebacker Jasper Brinkley.   

The Vikings' 53-man roster is set, at least for now. They will have a couple of decisions to make once Pro Bowl fullback Jerome Felton returns from his three-game suspension and defensive lineman Christian Ballard returns to the team. At some point, they will also have to make decisions on injured players Seth Olsen, DeMarcus Love and Greg Jennings.

The roster has several significant changes over last season. The team that was the fourth youngest in the NFL last season with an average age of 25.6 years, per Jimmy Kempski of Blogging the bEast, opens the 2013 season with an average age of 25.9 years.  

The Vikings open the season September 8 in Detroit, ready to build on the success of the 2012 season. Here's a look at the final 53-man roster, grading it out by position.

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