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Toby Gerhart Or Albert Young?

August 31, 2010

There is no doubt who will start at running back for the Minnesota Vikings this season. Adrian Peterson’s 1,383 yards and 18 touchdown performance last year puts him in the conversation for best running back in the NFL. However, losing Chester Taylor to free agency last March left the Vikings backup running back position unsettled. The coaching staff is high on third-year back Albert Young, but they didn’t draft Toby Gerhart in the second-round this year to sit on the bench.

Neither player has stood out — positively or negatively — during three preseason games, and head coach Brad Childress seems comfortable going into the season without naming a No. 2 back.

“I think it will be by week and who we are facing and what exactly we need out of a second running back,” Childress said on Monday. “If you remember last year, there were a number of games where we didn’t have a third running back up and from time-to-time that will happen when maybe we need another tight end up or need another rush guy. So those guys are 2 and 2/A.”

Albert Young was the No. 3 back for much of last season, but saw very little playing time behind Peterson and Taylor. My best guess is Young will become the third-down back and Gerhart will be given a chance to prove himself by occasionally entering the game to spell Adrian Peterson. One advantage Young has over Gerhart is his experience and knowledge of Childress’ offensive system. Specifically, he knows the blocking assignments and can be trusted to protect quarterback Brett Favre on passing downs. I don’t see Gerhart playing on third-downs until he fully grasps the playbook.

No matter how Childress chooses to label the two players, I have to believe the No. 2 running back position is Albert Young’s job to lose.


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