5 Minnesota Vikings Bound to Break Out in 2014

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5 Minnesota Vikings Bound to Break Out in 2014
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The upcoming 2014 NFL season represents a chance for the Minnesota Vikings to experience the vigorous winds of change.

Armed with a fiery head coach named Mike Zimmer, it's safe to say that Zimmer's Vikings are going to look a lot different than the teams we've been accustomed to seeing in the past.

Despite recent struggles, thanks to general manager Rick Spielman's steady hand, this roster has a bevvy of talent the team can fall back on.

Young playmakers like Harrison Smith and Cordarrelle Patterson should be able to meld with some of the more established veterans and together create a dynamic football club in 2014.

But in order to achieve long-term success, you have to find players who can break out.

From Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, great teams thrive off finding guys who can step out of the shadows and perform at a high level.

Analyzing the current roster using advanced NFL metrics and film study, it's time to check out five Vikings who will experience breakout campaigns in 2014.

All stats courtesy of NFL.com unless noted otherwise.

All advanced stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus (subscription required) unless noted otherwise.

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