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Continued: Vikings hope receivers are a catch-all group

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 31, 2013 - 6:16 PM

Ponder’s completion percentage in 27 NFL games: .592.

“We’re always working on footwork because that kind of dictates the timing and how you want to be on balance when you throw the ball,” offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said. “Once you get to the NFL, your throwing motion is what it is. But footwork and working on the mental processing, seeing what you see and eventually being able to digest it and make a real quick decision, helps the accuracy.”

Having the league MVP in the backfield helps. So does a savvy route runner such as Jennings, two big receiving tight ends in Kyle Rudolph and a finally-healthy John Carlson, and a dynamic run-after-the-catch guy in Patterson.

“That’s the whole game; the quarterback as the distributor cap,” Musgrave said. “He doesn’t have to do it all himself. He just needs to put it the right spot so the other guys have a chance to make a play.”

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