We had a story yesterday on vikings.com about the greatness of RB Adrian Peterson. While there’s no denying the invaluable role Peterson plays on the Vikings, there’s another RB on the Vikings roster who is relied upon in a significant manner.
Chester Taylor was acquired via free agency in 2006 and in his 1st season with the Vikings he helped set a tone in the run game that would eventually lead to the Vikings offensive identity. But now with Peterson leading the charge out of the backfield, Taylor’s role has morphed into one where he is the jack of many trades.
The area where Taylor has been the most valuable over the past 2 seasons has been on 3rd downs.
“We’re comfortable with Adrian Peterson, don’t get me wrong. But I would think you would say Chester Taylor did an outstanding job in that role as our third down back,” Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said. “He scored a lot of touchdowns and converted a lot of third downs and what that does is save Adrian for some of those other downs.”
Taylor has even ventured into the special teams arena, returning 10 kicks in 2008 for a 23.4-yard average.
When you think of the Vikings offensive weapons, Peterson is obviously the 1st name that comes to mind, probably followed by other names such as Bernard Berrian and Percy Harvin. But Bevell knows that Taylor is another one of those weapons.
“We have a Chester Taylor. You might as well use him,” Bevell said. “You’re going to have a Percy Harvin, you got (Visanthe) Shiancoe, you got Bernard and you have to find ways to get those playmakers the ball.”
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