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3rd CB, RB Jobs Still To Be Decided

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 27, 2012 – 2:39 pm

Many starters are expected to sit out of the Vikings preseason finale against the Houston Texans later this week. But there is still a lot on the line Thursday night as Vikings coaches and scouts look to finalize the team’s 53-man roster.

Two spots yet to be decided are the 3rd CB spot and the 3rd RB position. Competition at both positions has been spirited in training camp, but as Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier said on Monday, no one has taken the bull by the horns and taken a job.

At CB, veteran Chris Carr and rookie Josh Robinson are among those battling for position on the depth chart. Defensive Coordinator Alan Williams was asked about both players following Monday morning’s walk-thru.

“Josh is unbelievably fast, he runs as well as anyone in the NFL,” Williams said. “Josh has shown that he tackles well. Chris is an effective tackler. He gets guys on the ground. Really, Chris just has experience on him at this point.”

Others in the mix for spots at CB behind starters Chris Cook and Antoine Winfield are: Zack Bowman, Brandon Burton, Bobby Felder, Reggie Jones and Marcus Sherels.

“This is another week that is important to the evaluation process to see how guys do,” Williams said. “We haven’t made any hard and firm rules in terms of who will make the team, who will start, who will be where. We’re still waiting to see after this ball game how guys play, and we’ll firm it up at that time.”

There aren’t as many players competing for the 3rd RB spot, but the race is just as close. FB Matt Asiata impressed on Friday night with 9 carries for 48 yards, including a long run of 18 as well as 2 catches for 6 yards and 1 TD. But he also lost a fumble, something a pair of other reserve RBs were guilty of as well. Undrafted rookie Derrick Coleman and veteran Lex Hilliard also lost fumbles.

“They all work tremendously hard and we’re going to give all three of them another opportunity on Thursday night,” Vikings Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave said on Monday. “They did some good things. We put the ball on the ground the other night, which we don’t want to see. But other than that, their effort has been good and they’ve been working really hard.”

Asiata and Hilliard (Coleman was cut), along with Ryan D’Imperio, Jerome Felton and Jordan Todman are competing for position on the RB/FB depth chart. While the entire body of work from the beginning of the offseason program in April through last Friday’s preseason game will be considered, there’s no question that Thursday’s preseason finale will have a significant impact on decisions made up and down the roster, including at both RB and FB.


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102 Responses to “3rd CB, RB Jobs Still To Be Decided”

  1. By Spencer on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    I’d give the starting nod to Carr and the 3rd CB to Robinson….for now.

  2. By Spencer on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Also I just checked the latest Power Rankings on Bleacherreport and I must say, it was a rather pleasant surprise.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1311716-nfl-power-rankings-where-does-every-team-rank-after-preseason-week-3/page/11

  3. By Richard1A on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    3rd

  4. By Richard1A on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Set for Purple Madness! chilling my Purple Punch flavored cans of Whoop-Ass, can the 2nd and 3rd stringers go Berzerk like the 1st string. Blanton, c’mon buddy, have a Cole type game! Would love to see some play by Mcleod the QB, what we seen was awesome, a mistake or to but he looked like he had what it takes.

  5. By jv3rnon on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    1 Cook
    2 Winfield
    3 Carr
    4 Robinson
    5 Sherels
    6 Burton

    Safties
    SS Smith
    FS Raymond

  6. By JE on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Its to bad Todman hurt his ankle.I was looking foreword to seeing him get some reps in the previous games. Hopefully hes healthy enough to go thursday. I would like to see another back with some speed and quickness on the team.As of today i think Asiata may have the edge. Will have to wait and see how things shake out thursday.

  7. By sandiamond on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    The #Patriots have claimed former #Vikings WR Kerry Taylor.

  8. By sandiamond on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    DE Ernest Osuwu to the browns. dang, we are loaded at defensive end
    hate to see #95 go

  9. By Fran Tarkenton on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    It says in an earlier post that Coleman was cut, but this posting claims he’s one of the three they want more looks at.

    Which is it?

  10. By Gabriel on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Carr has looked terrible through preseason while robinson has had flashes. They should give Carr another shot but if it doesnt work thy could start robinson on the outside while winfield takes the nickel spot

  11. By sandiamond on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Last call for C Carr this thursday! I don’t care what anybody says
    Fans want to see R. Jones or B. Felder with that last DB spot
    Jones has been promoted to returner for thursday’s game GL

  12. By Mike Wobschall on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Good catch on Coleman.

  13. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Carr should be released…

    Aromashudo should be released…

    Patriots claimed one of the Vikings released WR’s…

    Do the Pats want an inside track of information the talent level of Bethel-Thompson ???…

  14. By odark30 on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Anyone else getting pre-season burn-out? Everyone is working so hard. Everyone has taken big strides. Everone is showing such a great effort. I am ready for some honest appraisals. I guess we will find out soon enough who makes the team. Until then anything else is quite literally conjecture.

  15. By sandiamond on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    OTK shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    -

  16. By sandiamond on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Frazier says team looking for a backup linebacker. SLB?

  17. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Here is some GOOD news !!!…

    http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_21411358/minnesota-vikings-geoff-schwartzs-return-helps-offensive-lines

  18. By ponderthefuture on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    madden 13 tomorrow

  19. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    More GOOD news…

    http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_21412020/minnesota-vikings-adrian-peterson-takes-his-first-hits

  20. By Spencer on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Even BETTER news…

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/nfl-rapidreports/19835930/vikings-cb-chris-cook-looking-for-breakout-year

  21. By packhater on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    If Ziggy would start evaluate some of his staff. i think frazier may be at the top of the list the next time we have a roster cut.

  22. By packhater on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Dont try to sugar coat a 3-13 team that has showed very little improvement led by Frazier.

  23. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings are playoff bound!!!

  24. By packhater on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    I am done wishing and hoping. Its time to evaluate Frazier. Gitter done Ziggy.

  25. By BAM, Bam Bam Bam... Eye of the TIGER TITUS on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    I will never tire in hoping. I never give up baby!!!

  26. By packhater on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    If your Qb just got pummeled by San D’s 2nd string. i could think of something better than………… Oh.there defense was very good and I’ll have to look at some tape to see why all the sacks………… WTF.

  27. By Frederick Jones on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    One of the things I have not seen on the blog is mention of A.D. and that if he was in the lineup we would have won the games versus the 49ers and Chargers!

    Do you think that could be true.

    8-8 have faith!

  28. By Frederick Jones on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Out of those CBs mentioned, Marcus Sherels is the 2nd quickest next to Josh Robinson. Since quickness is one of the most difficult things to teach, you may want to keep him around.

    But that’s just my freddiejonesyboy style!

  29. By Frederick Jones on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    There is predjudice against Joe Webb. Maybe it’s because he played at UAB, and they don’t like players from there. The jones-boy don’t know!

  30. By Frederick Jones on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe there is a better player for that left guard spot. How about fattening up John Carlson and putting him there.

    Heck put Asiata there…do anything. We need to get some talent at the Left Guard position. Reisner is another one, with a slight weight gain who could play at LG.

    The Vikings Offensive Line could be like the Broncos of the late 1990s where all of their starters were 290 or less. Talent over body fat. Quickness over sloth.

  31. By Frederick Jones on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    WHILE WE’RE AT IT, DID YOU RUN GASSERS THIS WEEK???

    FATIGUE MAKES COWARDS OF US ALL.
    ________VINCE LOMBARDI

  32. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Fred, you have gas?

  33. By Frederick Jones on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikings need to be running!!! Those who give the most will be least like likely to give up when the going gets tough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. By Frederick Jones on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    The sacrifice and exhaustion must begin on the PRACTICE FIELD THIS WEEK.

    THE VIKINGS MUST RUN GASSERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. By Spencer on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    They arent marathon runners.

  36. By packhater on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Fred
    From what I’ve seen so far………..
    Joe Webb will definitely get his shot to prove he is the man. This team lacks a Head Coach. By the end of the season we will use every trick in the bag.

  37. By Frederick Jones on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    R U N

  38. By Frederick Jones on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    @packerhater,

    It’s too early to give up on Frazier. We have a young team. But if Frazier refuses to …….. run ‘em. We are looking for a new coach. You must run ‘em!

  39. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    RUN RUN RUN SO FAR AWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY

  40. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    I ran so far away

  41. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Fred, have you ever run a marathon?

  42. By packhater on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    I hope ur roight mr. jones but………….. I dont see myself on here in a couple of months from now givin Frazier a pat on the back sayin ” Sorry” I was wrong.

  43. By Frederick Jones on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Freddie will never forget when Jimmy Johnson, the D Cowboys coach said when having his team running gasser after gasser, “the ashmar (ashma) field is over there!”

    He said that to a kicker. The Cows very quickly won 3 super bowls (2 under Johnson).

    Ya gotta run ‘em!!!

  44. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    You are right Fred. They need endurance so they can be so fresh and sharp in the fourth quarter while the opposing team is gassing.

  45. By Frederick Jones on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    @packerhater,

    Well if he don’t not ever never not RUN ‘em, then it don’t ever matter none anyhows!

  46. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Fred, are you ignoring the emperor…

  47. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    One Viking on this list:

    http://xfinity.comcast.net/slideshow/sports-highestsalariedNFLplayers/1/

  48. By packhater on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    I’m not an imposter, but im gonna start hammerin on this O Line thing too likie Fred does. Kalil looked like $hit the other night in case nobody noticed.

  49. By Frederick Jones on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    I suppose that the jones is also quite pompous, and the fact the he, in all his freddieness, writes in the third person, would also have to be considered c.o.c.k.y.!

  50. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    A lot of teams are having their problems– IT IS PRESEASON. Get a grip, relax, have a root beer.

  51. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Billie Jean, the kid is not my son…

  52. By Frederick Jones on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    @packerhater,

    Do not despair Kalil looked more than fair at times. I witnessed him pushing the man well outside of the pocket at times. (The jones has some trouble focusing on line play, he enjoys watching the ball and those “field stretching receivers.”)

  53. By Frederick Jones on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Fred, in even his worst freddie style, would never, even in a jonesy moment, claim to have run a 4 minute mile!!!

    Did I use too many commas in that sentence?

  54. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Jones, you have trouble focusing on the Emperor’s questions? Be careful.

  55. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    I see a large can with a label saying, “Jones Lion Food”

  56. By Spencer on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    You dont enjoy watching the o-line yet you always talk about them?

  57. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Your comma usage was just right.

  58. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    The only player that matters is the quarterback.

  59. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    “The man who is prepared has his battle half fought. ”
    — Miguel de Cervantes

  60. By packhater on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    I hope your reading this stuff Ziggy. Start evaluating the coaches.

  61. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Frazier will go down as the first Vikings coach to take us to the promised land.

  62. By Dac on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    this post is about rb and db. not frasier. worst 3rd string rb option in the NFL. adress this problem. scour the waiver wire please!

  63. By vikelifer on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    All this talk about Frazier,give him a chance there were so many injuries last year in our def. backfield they couldn’t cover anybody.And guess what its a passing league speaking of that they couldn’t protect our QB either to give him a chance to look downfield.If we could have won all those close games we gave away in the end we would have been 10-6.Would all of you Frazier haters be asking for his head?Not to mention no off season last year.If he (Frazier) has a healthy team this year and makes dumb decisions that cost us ball games,then I’ll be standing by with an ax ready to put him on the chopping block until then leave coach Frazier alone.

  64. By Spencer on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    How did the team appear to play in the 2nd half last season?

    Boring and uninterested.

    Funny how thats Leslies’ personality.

  65. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, not you too??? I thought you were one of the more intelligent bloggers. Give peace a chance, man. Let’s see what happens this year. If we don’t win at least seven games this season, I will be the first to call for Frazier’s replacement.

  66. By Richard1A on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Lets get one of those runningbacks like william the fridge perry, like 6foot 8, 350lbs good for 2 or 3 yards no matter what!

  67. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Why not just dress a rhino in purple? That would get the job done every time!

  68. By Matthias on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    The starting lineup should be: Chris Cook, Josh Robinson and Antoine Winfield. The only thing I am not sure about is the following: Should we start Bowman or Carr about Robinson, because of experience, or shall we take the risk and start the talented Robinson?

  69. By Matthias on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    *above

  70. By David on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    Has anyone else seen how poorly Chris Carr has looked all preseason. I say Robinson gets the 3rd corner spot not only for speed but potential. When in he has played well give him a chance. Asiata the third running back. He has looked good at finding holes would like to see him hold on to the ball but they all made that mistake

  71. By john paul on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    chris carr is too small and gets burned reminds me of ash allen . thought we got a solid vet from baltimore?

  72. By viks8&8 on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    Slow day in Vikings news! Anybody have any knowledge on demarcus love? I’m wondering if the Vikings are keeping him on the roster because they see potential in him playing multiple positions along the line or if he is strictly a tackle. I like the guy but I don’t know if he should recieve a coveted backup spot if all he can do is play OT at a secondary rate.

  73. By dieseldog on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    we”ll need alot of db’s…..especially after to offense goes “3 yard run, 2 yard run, 3 yard pass to the TE, punt.

  74. By sandiamond on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    http://thevikingage.com/2012/08/28/pro-football-focus-not-buying-the-jasper-brinkley-improvement-talk/

  75. By sandiamond on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_21410160/minnesota-vikings-rookie-jarius-wright-pushing-marcus-sherels?source=pkg

  76. By vikingbob136 on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    No Neil Diamond songs at Penn State this year. Something about Sweet Caroline being touched.Funny, they play that rotten song at Citifield every home game.
    OK, i got nothing, i admit it

  77. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    Sherels should be holding onto the punt return duties…

    Only reason Wright had that good return was because the punter out kicked his coverage team…

    If Sherels should be a lock to return punts…

    If not…Special teams will be in trouble this fall returning punts…

    I think Sherels should return kick offs also…

    Harvin is our best receiver…The whole offense would suffer greatly if we would ever lose him to injury…Why take extra chances of that happening by having him return kicks ??…

  78. By sandiamond on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    nice point OTK. It would be a gamble to give returns to players no nfl exp plus rely on Percy more. Staff seeems to be trying so hard to find a replacement`?

  79. By sandiamond on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    @TomPelissero

    Frazier said the #Vikings “more than likely” will keep five WRs on the 53, plus Jerome, who doesn’t count. That would mean only one gets cut

  80. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    I think special teams game planning could help Sherels out with better ideas returning punts also…

    What if in the return game…The Vikings put another small guy next to Sherels behind a 3 or 4 big guys when returning punts or especially kick offs…

    Half the defense would not even know which little guy popping out behind the big blocking wall was carrying the ball…Until Sherels flew past them… ; )

    Of course the decoys number on the jersey would have to be a close match also…

  81. By Richard1A on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    Two more days and the Vikes will be battling it out in Texas. Blanton, will he excell? will any of the other 2nd 3rd string stand out? looking for some strong defense play. Purple Berzerk!

  82. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    I just looked at this springs rookies we picked in the draft…

    I don’t see any of those rookies that should not make the final 53 man roster…

    I don’t see one rookie I would take a chance losing on waivers trying to get that player to the practice squad either…

  83. By Richard1A on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    You know what I hate! A.P. healing, as soon as he gets back to playing, they will play him like every down believing he is the only way we can move the ball! It is also the same time the non star players put there tails between there legs and hide behind the stars on the team, why, I don’t know, it is there time to shine, but nooooo, watch them all crumble!

  84. By drew on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    On paper it seem olike we going to have a good ream. I notice our offensive linemen gave up a few sacks, and our corners give up play plays, but it’s pre-season. Give frazier and chance, at this point if we are 6-10, I would consider that a great year!

  85. By joe on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    vikings should kick chris car out and make him a defensive backs coach instead of a player. because carr sucks at playing but knows how to teach the system. go vikes

  86. By sandiamond on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    McLeod Bethel-Thompson is scheduled to get the most playing time of the Vikings’ quarterbacks Thursday night and the “door is not shut” on his roster opportunity.

  87. By sandiamond on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP)

    The Minnesota Vikings are preparing for their final game of the preseason, and yet they’re still looking for some reliable targets opposite star receiver Percy Harvin.

    Speedster Jerome Simpson displayed plenty of promise in training camp and the first two preseason games. But he will miss the first three weeks of the regular season and no one in the rest of the receiver corps has yet to distinguish himself.

    That’s why coach Leslie Frazier says the finale at Houston on Thursday is so important. Stephen Burton, Devin Aromashodu, Jarius Wright and Manny Arcenaux are going to get the bulk of the action against the Texans.

    Frazier says the coaching staff wants to see some big plays from someone in that group to help solidify their roster spot.

  88. By mnsoldier on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    This is where the Vikings need to accept that Webb would do us more good as a WR than a QB, he can be an emergency WB if it comes to that, I just hope they dont get rid of the young QB as he has a strong arm and had much better accuracy than any of our current three, he just needs a year to learn the NFL , we let him go he will be picked up by another team and it will come back to bite us on the @ss.
    I am sure Arizona is already looking at him, and waiting to pounce

  89. By sandiamond on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    Andy Reid Says Trade Phones Are ‘Very Active’

    Det got an injury on their last game one RB this weekend
    The Lions GM on the horn. If we drop J. Felton they will pick him up

  90. By PurplHaze on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    If the Vikes don’t put Robinson at #3 above Carr, they’re CRAZY!

    CARR IS NOT WORTHY OF A ROSTER SPOT!!!

  91. By PurplHaze on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    As for RB/FB, I think Asiata is the most versatile and dynamic of the group.

  92. By sandiamond on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    Only 5 of the draftime 15 udfa’s remain on the team with 22 cuts to go

    udfa players seems to be stickin’ with other teams up to this point

    RICK SPIELMAN Why no Activity??

  93. By Frederick Jones on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    @Titus,

    It’s amazing to Jones.

    You tell some of us to get a hobby, and quit blogging so much….nobody blogs more than you.

    You tell us to calm down…nobody gets more hyper than Titus.

    What’s up with all that stuff?

  94. By odark30 on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    Its strange that I have to leave the Vikings home page to get the latest Vikes news from some other site. Way to go.

  95. By odark30 on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    This is a very good article comparing Gerhart and AP. A very interesting, UNBIASED read.
    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1311797-5-reasons-toby-gerhart-will-be-the-nfls-biggest-surprise-at-rb#/articles/1311797-5-reasons-toby-gerhart-will-be-the-nfls-biggest-surprise-at-rb

  96. By Dueyz on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    I think it’s funny that all the MIN T-Jack fans have gone silent. “Give him more time”, was all I heard for years. SEA thought that way, and after 1 yr as a starter, he’s not even a 3rd string there. Now BUF has him….where he will do nothing. Keep this in mind when you insist on applying the “Give him more time” mentality to some of our current coaches/players. I love our Vikes, but I also can plainly recognize when a person is not filling their role well.

  97. By This Site Sucks Now on Aug 29, 2012 | Reply

    Give Asiata the ball. Hes a great #3

  98. By RichardA1 on Aug 29, 2012 | Reply

    Vikes, find one of those giant full backs, 6 feet 5 inch, 350-370, will get a yard or two no matter what, Peterson will take care of the flashy stuff, toby the anything up to ten yards. Lets put Jared Allen back there, can you see him comming around the end to gain 2 or 3 yards? no one can stop him on D, why not Offense for those few yards needed for a 1st down! Purple Purple Purple

  99. By Deuce Savage on Aug 29, 2012 | Reply

    All you arm chair QBs here are guaranteed a a spot with the Vikings 3rd positions available while I stay home & watch you all on tv & have a good laugh!

  100. By odark30 on Aug 29, 2012 | Reply

    Gerhart averaged 4.9 yards/carry last season. AP averaged 4.6…However, AP had twice as many carries. Still this stat makes you look a little differently at Toby. I pray they both stay healthy this season. This teams offense is built around these two bruisers. The pass is supplimental (or at least it should be)

  101. By justin on Aug 30, 2012 | Reply

    Peterson and Gerhardt will give us the best rushing offense in the nfl if they, the line, and Ponder stay healthy. If god forbid, one of them goes down, I hope our 3rd RB is Matt Asiata. He is yet another bruiser who could turn out almost as good as them. Don’t cut him vikings, it would be a mistake.

  102. By kingcrabbe on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Keep Jordan Todman!
    I have been watching him since his high school days in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. The kid is a winner. Blazing fast, reliable and often overlooked because he played at UConn.
    He would help out on special teams as well.

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