Vikings get creative to address depth at running back
The Minnesota Vikings have gone in-house to take care of the depth issue they have at running back, but that doesn’t necessarily preclude them from signing a free agent or finding a complementary runner to Adrian Peterson in the draft.
The San Diego Chargers did well plucking Michael Turner and Darren Sproles in the draft in recent years to have them play behind LaDainian Tomlinson, the veteran the Vikings lost out on when he signed with the New York Jets. The Jets, of course, are another example of a team with an established starter in place – Thomas Jones – who went out and found a bargain in the third round last season in Iowa’s Shonn Greene.
But for the meantime, at least, the Vikings have shifted wide receiver Darius Reynaud from wide receiver to running back, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, putting him in the mix behind Peterson with Albert Young. It’s Young who has been mentioned quite a bit as a possible replacement for Chester Taylor, who left the Vikings via free agency for the NFC North rival Chicago Bears.
It’s an important decision for the Vikings, but they’re operating from a position of strength with Peterson, provided he finds a cure for acute fumblitis this offseason.
Reynaud rushed for 1,889 yards and 37 touchdowns on a state championship high school team in Boutte, La., as a senior. He carried the ball and was a receiver at West Virginia, so it’s a natural transition for him.
"I've spent time at running back all my life, so it's nothing different," Reynaud told KFAN, per the Star Tribune. "It's a different route going from receiver to running back so I have to learn the protections, all the plays, so it's something new."
It’s early and things could change but at least the Vikings have an extra option now, and Reynaud was mired on the depth chart at wide receiver, a position of strength on the roster.
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