Adrian Peterson has been named to his 5th Pro Bowl, not surprising considering he’s chasing the 2,000-yard mark as well as Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record of 2,105. What’s even better news is that his lead blocker – FB Jerome Felton – is also bound for the NFL’s annual all-star game.
Those who’ve watched Vikings football this season know the impact Felton has had in 2012. Yes, Peterson was a dominant, multi-time Pro Bowler before Felton’s arrival in Minnesota. But prior to 2012, Peterson’s season-high for rushing yardage was 1,760 in 2008. Through 15 games this season, Peterson has 1,898 rushing yards and ranks in a tie for 2nd with 11 rushing TDs. The Vikings rank 3rd in the NFL in rushing and they rank 1st in yards per carry.
How much do we credit Felton for the Vikings success on the ground and, specifically, for Peterson’s season-high and potentially historic production this year? It’s hard to say, but it’s definitely more than “none.” Fans and opposing players and coaches most certainly agree, as Felton was selected to appear in the first Pro Bowl of his career.
Asked earlier in the season about his lead blocker and fullback, Peterson, a player who many believe would rather not run behind a fullback, couldn’t have been more complimentary of his teammate.
“He’s playing outstanding,” Peterson said. “He’s doing a great job blocking, opening things up for me. We communicate, we’re on the same page with different schemes we use to attack in the running game. He’s shown that he’s reliable to get the job done.
“Definitely should be a Pro Bowler. You just sit back and watch the film on him, you’ll see him blowing up guys. He’s got good hands, making big receptions, leading me to the end zone. He’s made a lot of plays.”
He hasn’t made a lot of Pro Bowls. But now he has one to his credit. And it’s well-deserved.
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