Winner in LT sweepstakes? How about Albert Young

The New York Jets were not the only big winners in the LaDainian Tomlinson sweepstakes over the weekend.

Tomlinson picked the Jets over the Minnesota Vikings in free agency, presumably because he believes he has a chance for more playing time in a place where the team needs to replace the 331 carries Thomas Jones had last season. It leaves the Vikings to contemplate how they can replace the 94 carries Chester Taylor had last season before leaving for the Chicago Bears in free agency.

Enter Albert Young. Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Young, the undrafted rookie free agent who split time in the backfield at Iowa with the Jets’ Shonn Greene, could be promoted from his role last season as the seldom-used third back.

"Probably not enough has been said about Albert Young," coach Brad Childress told KFAN on Friday. "Albert Young is a guy that has developed here tremendously in the last two years. As a matter of fact, Brett Favre and I had a long conversation about him when we were down south, and he believes he's got a chance to be a good back in this league."

Of course, Taylor was used primarily on third down and Young would have to display a complete mastery of the pass protection schemes before he’d be asked to serve as Favre’s protector at times in blitz pickup. Young had 12 carries last season.

The Vikings have ruled out pursuing an option Childress is very familiar with, Brian Westbrook, so that means it could be Young or a player the Vikings roll the dice with in the draft.

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