6 most dangerous deep threats in Minnesota Vikings history

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2. Anthony Carter (1985 – 1993)

Second only to the guy at the top of this list, Anthony Carter hauled in a total of 12 touchdown passes of 45 yards or more during his career with the Vikings.

Carter immediately established himself as a deep threat for Minnesota’s offense when he arrived to the team in 1985. During his first four seasons with the Vikings, he averaged 19.1 yards per catch, including an impressive 24.3 yards per reception in 1987.

His longest touchdown catch of 73 yards came during Minnesota’s Week 1 matchup against the Lions in 1987.

1. Randy Moss (1998 – 2004, 2010)

Neither the Vikings nor the rest of the NFL had seen anything like Randy Moss before he entered the league in 1998. Moss’ first-career touchdown in the NFL went for 48 yards in Week 1 of the 1998 season and the rest was history.

Moss ended up catching 16 more touchdowns that year and nine of them traveled 45 yards or more. He averaged 19 yards per catch as a rookie with the Vikings in 1998 and the rest of the league didn’t know how to stop him. In fact, he averaged at least 17.5 yards per reception in each of his first three seasons with Minnesota.

Moss currently holds the Vikings’ all-time records for the most 40-yard, 50-yard, and 60-yard touchdown catches.

Opposing teams just had no answer for Moss’ unique combination of size, speed, and his ability to jump out of the gym. There was really no one else who could have been put at the top of this list.