Minnesota Vikings: Setting Realistic Training Camp Expectations for Each Rookie

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Minnesota Vikings: Setting Realistic Training Camp Expectations for Each Rookie
Ann Heisenfelt/Associated Press

July can be a queasy month for most NFL rookies.

You've either been drafted or signed on as a free agent, and you're about to embark on your first-ever NFL training camp. For some, it will also be their last.

You're more than likely coming from a college football program where you were accustomed to being one of the top players on the field every time you snapped on your chin strap.

If you're a Minnesota Vikings rookie, you are now stepping on the same field with the likes of Adrian Peterson, Cordarrelle Patterson and Harrison Smith. Your days of knowing that you were better than everyone else are long gone. You're in the big time now.

Whether you were drafted or not, your anxiety level will be pretty high when the Vikings gather for training camp on July 25 in Mankato, Minnesota. You want to impress everyone around you, and the best way to do that is to always be on time, to always give maximum effort and to listen and learn as much as possible.

If you're a highly touted rookie, there are going to be a lot of eyes on you all the time. If you're an undrafted nobody, you're going to have to do something impressive to get anyone to look at you at all.

With training camp now less than a month away, we take a look at what the reasonable expectations are for every Vikings rookie and what their futures might hold. 

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