This is the fourth in a series of 13 previews leading up to the Minnesota Vikings' July 26 start of camp.
TODAY'S POSITION: TIGHT ENDS
Rating (1-to-10 scale): 7
Projected starters: Kyle Rudolph (third year)
Backups (asterisks indicate players expected to make the roster): Colin Anderson, John Carlson, Rhett Ellison, Chase Ford
The breakdown: Minnesota returns the top three tight ends from last season, though more is expected from Carlson, who was a flop in his first season with the Vikings after signing a lucrative five-year, 25 million contract as a free agent.
Rudolph had a breakthrough season in 2012 with 53 catches for 493 yards and nine touchdowns, earning his first Pro Bowl nod. The team believes Rudolph will grow even more because of the Pro Bowl appearance and have said he's been more confident this summer. Rudolph said he spoke with Dallas' Jason Witten and watched him keenly while the two were at the Pro Bowl. Witten and Rudolph have similar games and Rudolph will tr...