Minnesota Vikings: Top Position Battles to Watch in Camp

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Minnesota Vikings: Top Position Battles to Watch in Camp
Matt Ludtke/Associated Press

The Minnesota Vikings will begin training camp in Mankato, Minnesota, at the end of next week. And although all eyes will initially be on brand-new head coach, Mike Zimmer, there will be plenty of other storylines to follow.

The team's most important player will once again be Adrian Peterson, the workhorse running back who remains the biggest difference-maker on Minnesota's roster. While it's true that the need for having a star running back has lessened over the last decade, having one like Peterson can still win you some ballgames.

Peterson is the starter at running back and the team's fulcrum, no questions asked. 

The next most important player for Minnesota will be the quarterback, whoever that might be. The Vikings will enter training camp with veteran Matt Cassel penciled in as the starter.

But as reported by ESPN.com's Ben Goessling, Minnesota's coaches have stressed that it's an open competition for the starting job between Cassel, rookie Teddy Bridgewater and Christian Ponder.

While the battle for the quarterback spot will garner the most attention, there are several other positional battles that are wide open as the Vikings get set to begin camp.

Here, we take a look at each position that will have an open competition for the starting role, and how things might shake out by the time Week 1 rolls around.

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