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Additions, internal improvement excite Vikes

For years, the Vikings have tried to upgrade the defense. Coach Mike Tice thinks they have finally done so.

Updated: August 10, 2004, 3:00 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

MANKATO, Minn. -- The first thing that strikes you when watching the Vikings is the speed. Quarterback Daunte Culpepper spent the offseason in Orlando running stairs to strengthen his calves in order to run out of the pocket more if the first two reads are covered.

Randy Moss looks even more freakish following a second offseason of intense weightlifting and conditioning, checking in now at 210 pounds. Halfback Michael Bennett flirted with thoughts of qualifying for the U.S. Olympic teams ...

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