Now that LaDainian Tomlinson’s decision to sign with the NY Jets has come and gone, the Vikings can start looking elsewhere to fill the void left by Chester Taylor’s absence. Although LT appeared to be the best option to complement Adrian Peterson in the running game, there are plenty more options that the Vikings could exercise.
One option that would cost nothing to the team would be to move RB Albert Young into the #2 slot.
Young provides a fresh look at the RB position and may be the Vikings best bet when considering the team’s future. Perhaps the most appealing feature of Young’s abilities is his ball-catching capability. During his 4 seasons at Iowa, Young caught 79 passes for 705 yards and 2 TDs. His experience of catching passes out of the backfield may allow him to step in and take over Taylor’s role as a 3rd down back and in passing scenarios.
If the Vikings want to keep an experienced back in the #2 spot, they could acquire other free agent RBs currently on the market. Before Tomlinson showed any interest in the Vikings, one name that gained a lot of attention was free agent RB Brian Westbrook.
Westbrook would make a nice fit in the Vikings #2 role and could make a seamless transition into Purple given his familiarity with Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress. Westbrook has also proven that he is a more than capable pass catcher out of the backfield, but his history with concussions may raise a red flag to the organization.
Free agent RB Willie Parker has also been thrown in the mix of names that the Vikings should consider, but one of his biggest concerns over the past couple of seasons has been his inconsistency.
In 2008, Parker only scored 5 TDs and 3 of them came in the first game of the season against the Texans. He also missed 5 games and produced a 100+ rushing performance only 4 times in the regular season. The 6-year veteran was rarely used in 2009, with only 98 attempts for 389 yards and 0 TDs.
What may be the most conceivable route for the Vikings is to draft a RB.
Drafting a RB would allow the Vikings coaching staff to develop that player into the type of back they see most suitable for their needs. This would also ensure a long-term solution at the RB position while providing a healthy competition with the Vikings current back-up RBs.
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