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Minnesota Vikings: 5 Players Poised for a Breakout Campaign in 2014

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Minnesota Vikings: 5 Players Poised for a Breakout Campaign in 2014
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Finding breakout candidates for the 2014 Minnesota Vikings isn't as cut-and-dried as it once was.

The overhaul this franchise has endured since it hired longtime Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer to be their head coach has given veteran players a chance to thrive in a brand new scheme.

Apart from that, general manager Rick Spielman used the draft to procure a group of rookies who could all see significant playing time this season.

Sometimes change can be as refreshing as sipping cucumber-infused water at a Mediterranean day spa. In the Vikings' case, that level of change was desperately needed after a tempestuous 2013 season.

In order to find out who should be on this list, we first have to define what a breakout campaign is.

A true breakout player is someone who's able to go out, exceed expectations and transform himself into a dominant force on the field.

The second definition is slightly different. This one involves a player who finds a way to take a step forward with his development, which, in turn, improves the team in some facet.

Using those criteria, here's a look at five players poised for a breakout campaign in 2014.

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