Peterson-Felton Combo Pack Pro Bowl Punch

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 26, 2012 – 6:15 pm

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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7 Responses to “Peterson-Felton Combo Pack Pro Bowl Punch”

  1. By Parkway on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply


  2. By vikingbob136 on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    The Pro Bowl is a silly game but its nice to have 5 guys selected to go and sit in the sun if they choose. Oh wait. don’t they play that silly game the week before the Super Bowl? The 5 Vikings selected won’t be able to play. they will be scrimmaging for the Super Bowl. Go Vikes!!

  3. By Derrick.G on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    I said this on another blog but here goes: I’m gonna say right now, that fans have no business voting for Pro Bowl rosters, it turns it into a popularity contest, rather that personal achievement. The voting is a joke, just like the Pro Bowl game itself….

  4. By Tomcat on Dec 27, 2012 | Reply

    Hey man, this blog is gettin` ripped off! Only 4 comments.

  5. By RichardA1 on Dec 27, 2012 | Reply

    Felton? a honor since he’s a vike, but, what has he done? this does’nt make sense. There are players that deserve to be there, what a joke. Sundays game is going to be one of those games that the visiting team can not hear there own plays called, yeah Jack, that’s what I’m talking about!

  6. By MuskyFever on Dec 27, 2012 | Reply

    Derrick.G — Hit the nail right on the head

  7. By MuskyFever on Dec 27, 2012 | Reply

    @ RichardA1.. Uhhhhh… Really????

    How do you think AP got all of those yards. Yeah hes a beast but even the biggest and fastest beasts need blockers. Felton lead the way about 85% of the time. EVERY TIME A.D. had a long run, guess who was there to stuff the hole and let AP through. Yep you guessed it FELTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    If Felton didn’t get selected I would have flipped out and boycotted NFL’s version of prom night. “hey guys, lets just pick the most popular players…hehe, who cares about skill” “what is this skill thing you speak of anyway, I have never heard of it before”????

    If not for Jerome Felton having the blocking season that he has been having. I don’t see AP getting nearly as many yards as he has now. He would still be doing great… just not as great

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