Possibilities Concerning The Vikings RB Situation

Posted by cjsiewert on February 17, 2010 – 4:11 pm

Obviously, the main concern the Vikings are faced with for the 2010 season is at the QB position – will the “Silver Fox” (as Jared Allen named Brett Favre) return for a 20th season in the NFL?  This question may not be answered until early September, so, a more prevalent current concern the Vikings must solve for the 2010 season is the back-up RB.

Chester Taylor will be a free agent, thus giving him the option to sign with another team.  If the 9-year veteran is not re-signed, it would leave a large gap to fill behind All-Pro RB Adrian Peterson.

The Vikings have the 30th overall pick in this year’s NFL draft and could select a CB, given that Cedric Griffin and Antoine Winfield are currently plagued with injuries – but with the possibility of Taylor no longer standing behind Peterson, the Vikings will certainly consider drafting a RB.

With top-prospects such as C.J. Spiller (Clemson), Jahvid Best (California) and Jonathan Dwyer (Georgia Tech) most likely to be drafted in the 1st and early-2nd rounds, the Vikings would be looking for a reliable 3rd-down back that has proven capability to catch balls out of the backfield – just as Taylor provided.

USC’s RB Joe McKnight could quite possibly be the best fit for replacing Taylor (if he’s gone).  McKnight has all the qualities that the Vikings would be looking for – he’s a talented runner and a very capable pass-catcher.  Just this past season, McKnight caught 22 passes for 146 yards, averaging 6.6 yards per reception.  Those numbers fall a little short of Taylor’s  ‘09 campaign – 44 receptions for 389 yards, averaging 8.8 yards per reception – but they are also skewed by the fact that McKnight played in 13 games compared to Taylor’s 16.

Certainly, there are many different factors that may possibly make McKnight unavailable for the Vikings 62nd overall pick, but if the situation calls for it, McKnight would be a great fit in the Vikings backfield.

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49 Responses to “Possibilities Concerning The Vikings RB Situation”

  1. By Kayla on Feb 17, 2010 | Reply

    I hope Favre comes back

  2. By Patrick on Feb 17, 2010 | Reply

    None of that matters if Brett doesn’t return.

  3. By scott on Feb 17, 2010 | Reply

    i agree with patrick

  4. By Medicineball on Feb 17, 2010 | Reply

    I like Stafon Johnson from USC. I hope our scouts are checking him out. He could be drafted at a later round.

  5. By Joe on Feb 17, 2010 | Reply

    Sorry, but Adrian aint gonna last long. He”s got a bad strait up and down running style. Plus he’s a little too tall. He fights for yardage, but that’s what makes him fumble. Can’t tell himt to stop fighting for yardage, but he has to stop fumbling. I think they should resign taylor, release adrian next year, and pick up ladanian tomlinson. Him and taylor in the backfield would be unstoppable.

  6. By josh on Feb 17, 2010 | Reply

    joe your a fool

  7. By NorweiganLegion on Feb 17, 2010 | Reply

    yeah joe wtf are you thinking? why would you get rid of the #1RB of all time….LT is too old and too banged up, LT is Toast.

  8. By lance on Feb 17, 2010 | Reply

    Albert Young looked really good in preseason, And the couple of touches he got in the season. He will do fine. Antonio Cromartie Chargers CB is looking to trade for a running back. Sounds good for Taylor. We need 3 good CB, cause the bears, pack, and lions, and heck the whole league runs 3 WR sets. Chester is great but we have good depth already

  9. By lance on Feb 17, 2010 | Reply

    I agree LT is washed up. He has been for years, and he is a sissy

  10. By Jason on Feb 17, 2010 | Reply

    we need to draft a quarter back either way mcoym tebow or clausen they would all be grate additions or even if but some great chance to get bradford would be awesome, sooner or later they need draft a replacement for pat williams, they NEED TO RESIGN TAYLOR IS IS A GREAT BACK UP.

  11. By Jason on Feb 17, 2010 | Reply


  12. By Skyler Cordova on Feb 17, 2010 | Reply

    What do you mean “none of that matters if Brett doesn’t return?” Are you guys Vikings fans or not? I want the old guy back as much as everybody else, but I am not going to sit in a corner and wine about it if he doesn’t. Have some faith in the coaches and our young players. Stars aren’t born, they are made. Look at Sydney Rice. Yes Favre was a big part of that, but so was Sydney.

  13. By Sean Sarro on Feb 17, 2010 | Reply

    Is Joe from Green Bay?

  14. By Sean Sarro on Feb 17, 2010 | Reply

    Skyler I agree.
    Football is a team game, and if Favre decides to retire, Rosenfels, Jackson, or whoever will have to step up. Nobody could have foreseen the season that Sidney had, maybe next years star is one of our overlooked QB’s. Either way, I have faith that we will be back strong in 2010, and I hope that we open the season in New Orleans on Thursday Night, Primetime, showing the country that we have excercised the demons, and will be a threat for a title.

  15. By chris on Feb 17, 2010 | Reply

    I’ve been a Brett Favre fan for nearly 20 seasons now I love to see the support from the Vikings and there fans for Bretts return. Minnesota should have won the championship game buy 14pts.. ALL the turnovers were killers.. It is a must that Chester Taylor returns as well, all the peices of this puzzle must stay in place. AP does need to be taught how to carry the ball in traffic. Do this will a couple of moves on defense and Minnesota will raise the lombardi trophy in 2010.. Go Vik’s Go!

  16. By Tyler on Feb 17, 2010 | Reply

    How could you even say let go of AP!? He is the leagues number 1 back and he is becoming a good leader to the offense, yeah he fumbles but hey compare him to walter payton who also had nearly 30 fubmles in his first 3 years then took care of the problem.

  17. By Tyler on Feb 17, 2010 | Reply

    I hear that oaklands all pro CB nnamdi asomugha will be a free agent this year, he would be great for the vikings!! yeah alot of money but it would be worth it, our defense would be un stopable, add him and good luck to teams next year trying to score on us!

  18. By Rob on Feb 17, 2010 | Reply

    To those who say AP should be let go, you’re nuts, he just needs to be coached on hanging on the ball. As for Sidney Rice, I knew he was gonna be special when they drafted him, he just didn’t have a full healthy season until this year. He’s a play maker and will thrive with whoever is throwing him the ball. Sure hope it is Brett though.

  19. By democrew on Feb 17, 2010 | Reply

    First things first AP won’t go anywere if you think he should you realy don’t know anything about football so you should realy not open your mouth for fear of sounding stupid second they need a vet running the offence you don’t take your corvette out and let you kid drive it when he gets his permit to drive!! If not farve the viks have a long standing link with philly all the way back to Chris Carter and mcnabb would be a nice fit third taylor is a must sign he’s the offences saftey net forth middle LB is huge EJ was an up and comming star but may never play again and that hurts the team bad if they can’t find talent to man that spot A.Peirce from NY would work and fifth and final CB they are in need cromarti is nice but they need the get 2 good ones to go with what they got the secondary is the final piece for the purple to be champs. And don’t forget PURPLE is the color of royalty (hail VIKINGS)

  20. By tim on Feb 17, 2010 | Reply

    Someone mention faith in the coaches, i’m not sure i have that faith.Is childress a bad coach no, but can he get this team to the superbowl and win it. Look at what sean peyton did in N.O. it’s mainly been aggressive play calling on offense. i saw to many situations this pass season when we got to conservative on offense i know it’s monday morning quarterbacking, but on the last series before brett threw the pick why didn’t we throw on first down we had the saints on thier heels. Sorry about the rant but if i was the owner i would buy out brads contract and hire john gruden.

  21. By tim on Feb 17, 2010 | Reply

    democrew no one should shut thier mouth, because this is an open forum and we all get an equal chance to sound stupid just like you.

  22. By Curtis on Feb 17, 2010 | Reply

    I say let Taylor go and use Ian johnson. He is a great running back and would be a great change of pace guy. Ian is about the same size as Chester and he played better then Albert Young in the pre-season. He has been on the practice squad this last year and he knows the team and their expectations. If you put Ian Johnson next to Adrian Peterson next year I think the Vikings will have the best RB tandem in the legue.

  23. By PAVikesFan on Feb 17, 2010 | Reply

    That would be the absolute worst thing to do, to draft a RB in the 2nd round. We dont need that right now. Yes, Chester most likely wont be back, but, we need to concern oursleves with other positions that are more dire for us, such as, cornerback, safety, MLB, QB……..AP will be with us for another 5-6 years, that’s the reason it’s so great to get a back like him, b/c when u do, u dont have to worry about drafting at that position for another number of years.

  24. By truufann on Feb 18, 2010 | Reply

    Joe, you are truly an idiot! Why would you release Peterson? If anything you would trade him, but again only a moron would do that.

    And Lance, Taylor is a free agent, we don’t have the right to trade him, he can sign with whomever he wants.

    F’ing morons call themselves fans!

  25. By Jessica on Feb 18, 2010 | Reply

    In my eyes, Adrian makes up for his fumbles. He is a tough back. And not every fumble was his fault per say. When the ball is handed off below his hands because of miscommunication, that could have came from somewhere else. Lets look forward to a healthy and winning 2010 season!

  26. By Skyler Cordova on Feb 18, 2010 | Reply

    I heard that Tiki Barber had the same problem with fumbling at some point during his career and he did something to fix it. I heard a rumor that they might bring him in to teach AP how to resolve his problem. That would be a very smart move in my opinion. And release AP!?!?! Why are people like you so quick to side with or cast someone off based on a short term performance. AP is not perfect, I mean come on, it was his third season! He is young and relatively inexperienced. Give him a few more years of solid coaching and fundamentals and he truly will be unstoppable.

  27. By Olaf_KrackovUK_Fan on Feb 18, 2010 | Reply

    I think if possible we should make every effort to keep Taylor he compliments AP. WE have a great array of WR and with Shianco a worthy TE who I believe has still more to offer. If we need to look for places to strenghten it has to be our defence we need to look to our secondary. If we can sort that out I think we can go all the way. Go Vikes

  28. By madmax on Feb 18, 2010 | Reply

    our offense is solid chester wont go anywhere where else and what other team would he go to to have a chance at a superbowl ring in 2010.we need safty,CB and secondary help so we stop getting raped on the 10 yard middle slant on that note would love!! to see julius peppers on the other side of my boy allen … go vikes

  29. By Thor on Feb 18, 2010 | Reply

    I just learned about the “Transition Tags” that can be applied this year, and it sounds like the perfect way to keep Chester. IF we can’t quickly come to an agreement on a contract for him, apply one of the transition tags to him and let him scout around for a better deal. Then we simply have to match the best offer that any other team makes, which I think will be well within our budget.

  30. By alphagunna on Feb 18, 2010 | Reply

    we really dont need favre, he was great and showed the world what we could do if we have a good QB, he took some big shots at the end of the season and it showed his age,& that is where we need a QB 2 shine the most. we need 2 get rid of rat ass travaris and get a descent QB, & yes re-sign taylor and adrian needs 2 work on the fumbling, he carries the ball like a loaf of bread

  31. By Old # 4 on Feb 18, 2010 | Reply

    like the man says, if the legend doesn’t come back, forget it. He took them to O.T. in th NFC champ game despite A.P. fumbles. You can’t replace him. When he retires, so do I.

  32. By jeff on Feb 18, 2010 | Reply

    The main weakness on this team is QB secondly its Running back ( plauged with fumbles ). Just the opposite will happen next season without a return of Bret. You can assure yourselves of nothing special happening this year with Jackson at QB. We could have a mere chance with Rosey, but I’m quite sure he has lost step as much as Adrian has. With my third weakness we have Corners, Cedric has a torn ACL, Winnie has, not only cracked bones in his foot, but a high ankle sprain that might be devastating to his career.
    The Vikings cannot replace Taylor – Winnie – Griffin – Bret nor can they replace EJ Henderson. They can only try to sign Taylor and they can only hope for Bret to return. If they lose Taylor they can only try to find his replacement from the draft, though highly unlikely. Best case scenario is to offer up a trade,…a trade for Adrian and hope to get personnel to replace the lost players while only hoping to find suitable corners. How about a trade to the Jets for Revis? And lay out a huge offer for Asomugha, keep Taylor and end our fumbling problems straight up, end of problem with a balanced team.

  33. By Football LoLo on Feb 18, 2010 | Reply

    With the way Favre played last year, having the best statistical year of his career, he would be fool not to come back. Remember, just one more win in regular season would have given the Vikes home field advantage against the Saints, and with this, a full clobbering of the Saints. Also, with one less turnover in that game against the Saints, Viking win the game! against the Saints who won the Super Bowl!
    Can you imagine, with all the disadvantages going against the Vikes in that game against the Saints (6 turnovers, Playing away, Questionable Officiating, Favre playing hurt, etc.) and the Vikes still manage to tie the game in regulation! Do you know how dominating the Vikes would have been if they had home field, or less fumbles?! Favre gotta come back!
    PS. Peterson has to get help with his fumbles, or the Vikes are going to lose some games because of it!

  34. By dakota steve on Feb 18, 2010 | Reply

    if your cities cannot rally tax payers to build a new stadium all is for naught of all opinions. The LA vikings and Lakers wow! maybe ziggy should pursue a fund drive thru out viking country for a new stadium

  35. By Rob on Feb 18, 2010 | Reply

    Wow, Favre took some big shots at the end of the season so that means we no longer need him??? How is that his fault? And I liked to see you get your a$$ rocked like that even once and get up from it, let alone a 40 year old man who has played 19 seasons in the NFL and never missed a game. And as for AP’s fumble issues, he’s young, he needs to be coached on how to protect the ball when contact is about to be initiated. It’s not that hard, wrap the ball up in both arms and pull it in to your chest/stomach area. The secondary will be an issue, but they have improved immensely over previous years, and the pass rush has helped that. If Ray Edwards can continue to build on his success in the post season, that will make it much more difficult to double team Jared Allen, and that can only help the Vikings. The Linebacker position will need help if EJ can’t come back, and even if he can, we need some depth. Antonio Pierce could be an option there, or perhaps they can make it work with Jasper Brinkley. He’s got good potential, but it remains to be seen how good he can actually be. We need to draft a stud O lineman to replace McKinnie because he’s just not cutting it anymore. He’s too slow. Losing Chester Taylor would hurt for sure, and hopefully the Vikings can retain him somehow. I am looking forward to the draft to see if the Vikings can make some notable moves to fill some gaps.

  36. By Erik on Feb 18, 2010 | Reply

    JOE do you even understand the game of football do you realize what you just said? not only does everyone else here hates you, but you also obviously have the IQ of a packer fan. Vikes need to go for cornerback and d line we need to get some more young blood next to Jared.

  37. By Tyler on Feb 18, 2010 | Reply

    Favre should come back, vikes need to re-sign chestor, they should bring in 2 free agents, julius peppers and nnamdi asmougha the all pro CB from oakland, can you imagine our defense with peppers and allen rushing the edge and the williams wall inside!!??

  38. By Jcsurfer on Feb 19, 2010 | Reply

    If favre comes back it will be great. But anyways chester taylor is comfortable with vikes. I was hearing something about the Chargers. We have to keep chester.

    By the way does anyone have a club penguin account??

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    GO VIKIN……GS!!!!!!!!!!


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  43. By marshall on Feb 20, 2010 | Reply

    I dont think we should draft a RB if taylor leaves young and johnson will do just fine

  44. By Jake on Feb 20, 2010 | Reply

    First of all, Joe is an idiot. Second of all, the Vikings are going to end up taking a Cornerback with the 30th overall pick, that is of course with Taylor ending up back in a Vikes’ jersey next year. Think about it, what is our one deep weakness that any team this year was able to take advantage of? Our secondary. Yes, we have some great talent with Tyrell Johnson, Antoine Winfield, and Cedric Griffin. But, Cedric and Antoine were plagued with injury and Tyrell flat out had a bad year. Although, if Brett does not return we are gonna have to look hard at a quarterback. Lets face it, we’re not getting back to the NFC Championship with Jackson and Rosenfels, shoot, we won’t even get back to 0.500 with them. They’re is some pretty good talent in Central Michigan’s Quarterback and Tony Pike.Also, donovan McNabb is still an outside chance. The Off-season for the Vike’s is detrimental to how next year is going to be. Adrian has to learn to hang on to the ball, and we have to figure something out at Cornerback and Quarterback.

  45. By jumpman23 on Feb 21, 2010 | Reply

    Joe just want some attention, don’t give in. Moving on…Why waste a 2nd/3rd round draft pick with McKnight if you’re only going to use him mostly on third down. We have the reigning ROY who can fill that void occasionally. Here’s what I think: 1.) I believe #4 will be back next year. 2.) Whatever it takes, we need to get Nnamdi Asomugha. Rotate Griffin/ Winfield to nickel. Having 3 quality cb is a must in this pass happy league 3.) Move up and draft Taylor Mays or stay and get Pouncey, I also like Myron Rolle on 2nd round if we cant get Mays on the first round. 3.) Get rid of Tahi.

  46. By 4eversteve on Feb 21, 2010 | Reply

    If anyone should be traded it should be Bernard Berrian, maybe package him with a third pick for Brandon Marshall and pick up cornerback, left tackle, and right guard via the draft.

  47. By 4eversteve on Feb 21, 2010 | Reply

    Draft Gerhart out of Stanford to replace Tahi at fullback if the vikings insist on having a fullback in their backfield. he can catches the well out the backfield and is a good lead blocker also usually takes a small army to bring him down solid football player reminds me alot of Mike Alscott same type of running style.

  48. By josh on Feb 21, 2010 | Reply

    First of all even if Brett Favre doesn’t come back the vikes will be okay. T-Jack gave us a 10-6 record..Favre a 12-6. I’m not fearful. We need to draft saftey first, DT second. Middle Line backer third… corner fourth…in the later rounds we can worry about back ups….you don’t draft for a back ups in the early rounds….that would be a mistake

  49. By jake on Feb 22, 2010 | Reply

    LT, thats all i’ll say.

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