The Minnesota Vikings offense looks to be much better than its 18th place ranking in 2011, but as a unit the its success will rely heavily on the health of Adrian Peterson's surgically repaired knee.
"I've been running routes, doing individual drills, one-on-one's, cutting, and things like that," Peterson said. "So I feel like I can get out there and at least do something."
Under center, quarterback Christian Ponder hopes to make a bigger impact in his sophomore season after a forgettable rookie campaign.
"My first day last year compared to this was horrible," Ponder said. "I didn't even get that many reps. This year I got all the one-reps. I just feel so much more comfortable with my teammates, my surroundings, this offense. It just has a completely different feel to it."
Ponder took a beating last season. The offensive line allowed the 5th most sacks in 2011. The Vikes hope the additions of first round draft pick Matt Kalil at left tackle and some movement across the line will help improve the passing game.
"We have some new personnel," center John Sullivan said. "Obviously playing with new guards is an adjustment, but it's a young group. We're willing to work. We want to be a good football team. We know that starts up front."
With a healthy running game, a revamped offensive line, the maturation of Christian Ponder and the addition of new offensive weapons, Vikings fans are hoping for more touchdown celebrations this season.
"We need to be more exciting than last year," wide receiver Percy Harvin said. "We're going to spread the ball out. We've have good tight ends to work the middle of the field. We have speed on the outside, we have size, so we have to keep taking reps in practice and hopefully we'll get better results than we did last year."