While I was out last week news surfaced of Darius Reynaud changing positions from WR to RB, and since I was out of town I wasn’t able to give this development much attention or thought.
According to this blog entry from the Star Tribune’s Judd Zulgad, Reynaud disclosed his position switch during a radio interview on KFAN. Zulgad also pointed out that Reynaud rushed for 1,889 yards on 236 carries and 37 TDs as a high school senior and that he had 410 rushing yards during his career at West Virginia University.
I don’t doubt that Reynaud is indeed making the switch from WR to RB and I also don’t doubt that Reynaud can be an effective playmaker as a RB. But I’m curious to know more about the decision to make this transition, both from Reynaud’s standpoint and from a coaching/personnel standpoint. I’ll seek out an offensive coach as well as Reynaud to get more reaction/information about this development.
As an aside to this news, though, I think it’s important to point out a couple of side effects.
– For much of the offseason, Vikings followers have wondered how the team was going to fill the role vacated by Chester Taylor’s departure to Chicago. There was interest in LaDainian Tomlinson, but he ultimately decided to stay in the AFC and play for the NY Jets. There’s also been talk about Brian Westbrook reuniting with Brad Childress. But now perhaps the Vikings will abandon the free agency market in an attempt to fill Taylor’s role and instead rely on the talent they’ve already collected.
– How does this affect the Vikings draft plans? More importantly, how does this affect the perception of the Vikings draft plans? My guess is it really has no practical impact on the Vikings plans because I truly believe they’re going to take the best player available when it’s their time to choose, be it a RB or a DB or anything in between – except a WR. But not everyone will see it that way. Some will surely assume this puts the Vikings out of the market for a RB at the end of the 1st round. Either way, it’s my opinion that moving Reynaud to RB does nothing to tip the Vikings hand at the end of the 1st round and that’s an advantage for the Purple.
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