Following practice on Wednesday, Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress indicated he would not be playing his starters in tomorrow night’s preseason finale against the Cowboys. Depending on how things shake out, it’s possible a few starters might have to take a snap or 2, but I’m sure the team would like to avoid playing RB Adrian Peterson and will also limit the number of snaps for Chester Taylor.
This plays right into a position battle that has been going on during the offseason, training camp and the preseason – the 3rd RB.
Former University of Iowa standout Albert Young, who is entering his 2nd year with the club in 2009, looks to be the favorite at this point to win the job. But Ian Johnson, who played collegiately at Boise State, is also in the mix and trying to carve out a spot for himself on the team.
When the Vikings and Cowboys kickoff tomorrow night, Young will have something working for him that many players on the field won’t have – plenty of preseason playing experience. This is the 2nd time in Young’s NFL career that he’s been through a full preseason and it’s also the 2nd time he’s expecting to see extended time in the preseason finale.
“I think it’s more of knowing what to expect,” Young said of what that experience provides for him. “It’ll be a lot of playing special teams and then a lot of offense or defense, whichever you play. You’re definitely put to the test this week, so you’ve got to prepare yourself for that. You approach it like any other game.”
Young was on the practice squad last year after an impressive showing during training camp and the preseason. But his goal this year was to make the 53-man roster. Just as he improved year-after-year during his productive college career at Iowa, Young says that as he enters his 2nd year in the NFL, he’s continuing to make progress.
“We were watching film of our fourth (preseason) game last year against Dallas,” Young explained, “and I was looking and was like ‘I’m way better now than I was then.’ With time, I think just the comfort level of knowing what to do out there is key. The main thing is playing fast and knowing what’s going on.”
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NFL.com’s Vic Carucci has jumped into the Adrian Peterson/LaDainian Tomlinson debate, making a strong argument that the Vikings 2-time Pro Bowler is the NFL’s best RB. The debate comes on the heels of Tomlinson’s comments to the LA Times.
On Wednesday after practice, Peterson himself was asked for his thoughts on the matter and he addressed the issue in a professional manner.
“It really doesn’t matter,” Peterson said. “The only thing I try to do is try to be the best, complete player that I can be and that means during the offseason if there’s things that I can improve on, that make my game better, that will help the team, then those are things that I do. So, that’s what I’m going to continue to focus on and continue to do and I’ll let everyone else voice their opinion.”
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