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Carlson reflects on season, criticism

John Carlson (Bruce Kluckhohn/USA Today)

John Carlson said he needs to be more durable and knows the reception numbers weren't what was expected of him. He talked about his first season in purple, the injuries and his outlook for the future.

When the Vikings made tight end John Carlson their only big-money signing of the free agent period last March, the hard-core fan base became giddy with what appeared to be an attempt by the Vikings to replicate the offensive success that was started in New England with the two-headed tight end threat of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. As is often the case in the NFL, replication is the...

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