Training camp battles: NFC North
Bobby Wade vs. Sidney Rice, wide receiver
A year ago, Wade was a starter and the team's leading receiver; Rice, then a rookie, led the Vikings with four TD catches. Wade is more of a threat as a short-to-medium yardage receiver; Rice is a potential home run waiting to happen. It's a close call, but the club thinks so highly of Rice it had him, not Wade, running with the first-team offense at the May minicamp. Nevertheless, Wade won't concede his starter's job, saying he plans to push Rice in training camp. Good. You have to admire that attitude. Still, it will be difficult for Wade to succeed. Reason: Rice has something Wade does not -- speed and a lot of upside. If he stays away from injuries and mistakes born from inexperience, Rice should take his place in September opposite Bernard Berrian, the No. 1 receiver the Vikings signed as a free agent.
Edge: Rice because he has the speed the Vikings covet.
Opening day starter: Rice