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Minnesota Vikings: Full Breakdown and Depth Chart Analysis at Tight End
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New Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner loves to use tight ends. Over the years he's helped turn players like Jay Novacek, Antonio Gates and Jordan Cameron into stars in the NFL.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, last season the Cleveland Browns, under Turner as offensive coordinator, utilized two-tight end sets on 466 snaps, the fourth-most in the NFL. 

Cameron had a huge year in his third season in the league—his first under Turner—catching 80 passes for 917 yards and seven touchdowns, after catching just 26 balls in his first two campaigns.

Vikings starter Kyle Rudolph, at 6'6" and 258 pounds, is an inch taller and 15 pounds heavier than Cameron. He will be the main beneficiary of Turner's propensity to throw to the tight end.

And while the Browns used two tight ends often, their second man in, Gary Barnidge, caught just 13 passes for 127 yards.

Tight end is certainly a position of strength for the Vikings, who, after Rudolph, have four other tight ends who combine size and athletic ability to give Minnesota plenty of options at the position.

With all of the pre-training camp activities behind them, we take a look at the Vikings depth chart at tight end and project how each player might fare during the 2014 season.

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