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The Vikings Three Headed Monster

September 2, 2010

Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell explained Tuesday that the running back postion “may end up having to be by committee.” Although running-back-by-committees are dreaded by fantasy football owners, they work pretty well for an actual football team. A capable team of running backs provide fresh legs as the season wears on, and a back that can specialize in blitz pickup keeps the quarterback upright.

The breakdown of when Adrian Peterson, Toby Gerhart, and Albert Young will play is yet to be determined, but it’s safe to say Peterson will see the majority of the work. In fact, the only time I expect to see Gerhart on the field is when Peterson is tired from bowling over a safety or dashing down the sidelines for a long gain. On the other hand, I expect to see Albert Young on the field on long third-downs and other obvious passing situations. My reasoning is quite simple; Young is a good pass protector. As a third-down back, you’re essentially an extra blocker and occassionally the recipient of an outlet pass in the flats.

It’s that role of pass-protector that quarterback Brett Favre is most concerned about.

“We’ve got to find a third-down back,” Favre said. “Are we going to use Toby, Albert or Adrian? One more than the other? I really don’t know. We have to just start narrowing it down because this season is going to be a much tougher start than it was last year.”

In the first three exhibition games, both Toby Gerhart and Albert Young have seen limited action. However, that should change tonight in the team’s final preseason game against the Denver Broncos. The game begins at 7:00 p.m. CDT and should feature many players battling for spots on the final 53-man roster. Gerhart and Young are locks to make the final roster, so they’ll be showcasing who is more capable of keeping Brett Favre off his rear end.

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