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Vikings Sign RB Ryan Moats

Posted by Mike Wobschall on June 15, 2010 – 9:42 am

The Vikings have bolstered their RB stable by signing free agent Ryan Moats, a 6th-year player out of Louisiana Tech who was recently released by the Houston Texans. Moats adds a veteran presence to a position group that includes Toby Gerhart, Ian Johnson, Adrian Peterson, Darius Reynaud and Albert Young.

“I watched them last year get so close to achieving the ultimate goal,” Moats said of the Vikings. “I’m honored to be a part of the team. I look forward to being a member of the team and working hard to help us get to the Super Bowl.”

Moats began his career with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he was selected in the 3rd round of the 2005 NFL Draft. Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress was Philadelphia’s offensive coordinator at the time and he saw Moats score 3 rushing TDs during his rookie season, including 2 TDs against the NY Giants on December 11  and another the following week against the Rams. During his rookie season, Moats flashed with long scoring runs of 40 yards against the Giants and 59 yards against the Rams.

After limited action for the Eagles in 2006, Moats was injured in 2007 and was eventually waived in August of 2008. He then signed with the Cardinals for a few weeks before the Houston Texans signed him to their practice squad in October of 2008.

Moats, who stands at 5-8, 210 pounds, was eventually elevated to Houston’s 53-man roster and he actually got his 1st carry of the ’08 season against the Vikings in Week 8. An injury to Ahman Green gave Moats more playing time and he broke through with a 3-TD game in place of regular starter Steve Slaton; Moats’ 3-TDs tied for the most single-game TDs by an NFL RB in ‘09. Moats also had 126 yards on 23 carries during that game.

In 2009, Moats led the Texans in rushing TDs with 4 and he was 2nd – behind Slaton – in carries (101) and rushing yards (390). For his career, Moats has averaged 4.1 yards per attempt on 201 career caries and also has 9 TDs (8 rushing, 1 receiving).


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37 Responses to “Vikings Sign RB Ryan Moats”

  1. By Westy on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    an interesting signing

  2. By MGR4FUN on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    doesnt look good for mr young or mr johnson … i really like ian johnson i hope he catches on with another NFL team he is a good athlete as is mr young … ya gotta admit the little guy with the beard is loyal to those who hav played for him in the past i am not sure what that says about those who hav been a part of his present but he proved with bobby wade to be willing to pull the trigger if he thinks it is for the betterment of the team and in the case of wideout lewis he was right on so welcome to the purple mr moats tighten up your chinstrap gonna be a crash course of a summer for you

  3. By rovibe on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    Here’s the funny part — he actually had a better average on yards per carry and yards per reception in 2009 than Chester Taylor. I’m cool with this signing. He might knock off an Albert Young or Ian Johnson. Anything that strengthens the roster is cool with me.

  4. By JAYO MOFO on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    Lets hope he knows how to block!?!

  5. By mike on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    i would like to have seen the vikes try to get jerrious norwood to fill in their third down back spot and even sum carries to give a pete a breather too! we need some burner speed and some ball skills to boot! we could use leon washinton too! or even pull the trigger for marshawn lynch!

  6. By Joe on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    Um… Alright. I guess u can’t have to much depth at RB. Man Childress gets all the Philadelphia wash outs. They should have given Albert Young or Ian Johnson a chance. Either mighta been good. Whatever.

  7. By PurplePeopleEater on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    Definately a surprising move. This was already a strong position in the team, yet we are still loading it up. Meanwhile safety has been one of the biggest concerns all offseason, yet no moves have been made to directly improve it.

  8. By Lance on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    sounds about right…I thought we was light on running backs(heavy sarcasm)

  9. By miko on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    an this whole time i thougt defense was our top priority. The Vikings can do some weird stuff from time to time

  10. By diehardvikesfan on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    ap gerhart young moats

  11. By Zach on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    Cool but why? Now the RB list is this

    1. AD
    2. Gerhart
    3. Moats
    4. Reynaud
    5. Young
    6. Johnson

  12. By Lito on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    I don’t mind the addition of Moats. How about a humongous 6’6″ 330 lbs offensive lineman who can play right offensive guard or center, to protect Bret Favre? Lots of passing game in the playoffs, so need to protect Bret and create holes for the running backs.

  13. By VIKES555 on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    Skol Vikings…he brings us a better pass blocking back then young or johnson.Not likely any of these 2 will see any playing time again.Hope it works out for us.

  14. By PurplePeopleEater on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    With the addition of Moats, and the moving of Reynaud to RB, I doubt that Young or Johnson will make the 53 man roster. Reynaud may not be any better of a RB than Young or Johnson, but I have to guess that he wins the battle anyways because of what he brings to the kick/punt returns.

  15. By vikings012 on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    i like the signing moats is a good player. johnson and young r out thats a given but what about reynaud?? i was lookin forward to seein him run the ball some cuz hes a good player and i think he would do good for us. soo would we keep moats and reynaud or just one of em?? do we really want 4 RB’s on r depth? well i hope we do keep them both and have 4 on the depth. what do u all think do we keep 4 is not whos out??

  16. By diehardvikesfan on Jun 16, 2010 | Reply

    Favre cost us the game not ap, favre needs to hurry up and show up in training camp and work on making better decisions and quit throwing interceptions.

  17. By Sean on Jun 16, 2010 | Reply

    Moats is a better option at what they are trying to make reynaud into. Ap and gerhart are going to see the carries . Moats is a nice addition to the screen game and 2nd and long situations. He in no way replaces what chester did for us, but i feel better then i did with albert and reynaud taking that role. Look at washington, think you can have to many options in the run game.

  18. By EpOK on Jun 16, 2010 | Reply

    Diehardvikesfan are you sure you watched the NFC Championship game? AD fumbled 3 times giving 1 away inside the 5 yard line and an easy FG or almost forsure a TD before half time. Harven fumbled inside our own 20 yard line giving the Saints an easy TD and chilly put 12 men in the huddle? The final play should have been a hand off up the middle or on the edge just to get closer for a game winning FG attempt before regulation ended. Longwell is about a 87% FG kicker in his career so maybe you just didn’t think that one through very well.

  19. By dultimateviking on Jun 17, 2010 | Reply

    Decent pickup. Ian Johnson is a ball player, should be 2nd or 3rd on depth chart. Don’t believe hype on Gerhart (4.7 40 yd dash), are you kidding me. Gerhart will only help on special teams only. Safeties should be: FS: Tyrell Johnson, SS: Jamarcus Sanford. Madieu Williams: Free Agent BUST.

  20. By Dale Francis on Jun 17, 2010 | Reply

    I don’t feel Favre was the one who cost us the game.It was the coach.He new what was at stake and should of called a time out to make sure that we hung on to the ball and tried for a winning feild goal.Get the yards but hang on to the ball.Also not throwing the red flag when the Saints was given a TD that didn’t cross the goal line.The coach needs to wake up.

  21. By diehardvikesfan on Jun 17, 2010 | Reply

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they cut moats after training camp if he doesn’t pan out

  22. By carl k on Jun 17, 2010 | Reply

    Because Reynaud can return punts and play wr he will be hard to cut. Moats will need to work to make this team. Chilly is giving him a shot. I think Ian Johnson and Gerhart are both very talented ball players. It will be fun to watch the competion at RB this preseason. I think our scouts and coaches do a great job finding players that fit our system. This is a very deep football team and good players will be cut.

  23. By fmfan on Jun 18, 2010 | Reply

    EpOK it was Favre that fumbled inside the 5 yard line (missed handoff) along with his 2 ints is good reason to say Favre cost us the game. Longwell should have had the chance to win the game.

  24. By CA Norwegian on Jun 19, 2010 | Reply

    Veteran, Friend, and depth. Hope he doesn’t see time, no hard feelings.

  25. By civilguy on Jun 21, 2010 | Reply

    Everyone forgets that we had 12 guys on the field the play before! The coach lost the game not AP or Favre! Without the penalty we would have probably made the FG and walked our way to the SB! IT WAS THE COACH!

  26. By marcus on Jun 23, 2010 | Reply

    This i a very smart move if you think about? if you look at the vikings schedule..they get a bye after the third reg game of the season(way to early due to the tough schedule)in my opinion but hey? the going to have to save the old man deep in the season for another super bowl run!,plus it’s great for the vikes defense to get a breather late in games and tough on opp as well so it smart on many fronts! Skol vikes2010!!!!

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