Minnesota Vikings: Biggest Takeaways from the Team's OTAs

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Minnesota Vikings: Biggest Takeaways from the Team's OTAs
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The Minnesota Vikings had their first three days of OTAs last week, and the tenor will certainly be different under new head coach Mike Zimmer and his coaching staff.

As often happens when a new coach comes on, the Vikings organization appears to have been revitalized with the hiring of Zimmer. He and his coaching staff seem to bring with them a much more authoritative presence than the previous regime.

It's a breath of fresh air for a team that certainly needed a change of direction after Leslie Frazier guided them to a 21-32-1 record over three-plus seasons in Minnesota. Nobody ever questioned Frazier's credentials or character in Minnesota, but it had become clear that the Vikings' ship wasn't going to get turned around long-term with him at the helm.

Also bringing new life to the organization are a couple of key free-agent signings and what the Vikings hope will be a bumper crop of rookies, highlighted by first-round draft picks Anthony Barr and Teddy Bridgewater.

Minnesota will have three different sets of OTAs, all of them three days long, with the last of them scheduled for June 9-12 before the team will hold its mandatory minicamp from June 17-19.

As schools across the country get set to go on summer break, teams in NFL are just beginning their work as they head toward the 2014 season.

OTAs tend to be the most laid back time on the field for NFL players, but it's still serious business, especially for players trying to make an impression and win a job.

We take a look at some of the biggest takeaways from the Vikings OTAs thus far.

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