The Vikings‘ offensive depth took a big hit when Chester Taylor bolted to join Jay Cutler, Mike Martz and the Bears.
Plan A for replacing Chester was to sign LaDainian Tomlinson, but in the end, LT preferred the Jets.
Plan B for replacing Chester was…uh, sit around and wait for some other free agent to become available. Or possibly draft a running back. Or hope Albert Young could step up and become a reliable third-down back.
Turns out, there was another Plan B on the table, that wasn’t immediately evident. It involved converting wide receiver/punt returner Darius Reynaud to running back.
Now the Darius Reynaud plan has officially been announced.
What remains to be seen is whether Reynaud can secure the Chester Taylor role over Young…and ultimately contribute on a level anywhere close to Taylor’s.
It’s probably not fair to expect Taylor-like performance from Reynaud, who hasn’t played running back since high school, and has gotten only limited offensive action in his short time with the Vikings. However, Reynaud has shown shifty moves as a punt returner, and at least has a chance to be a valuable change-up weapon.
In spite of this move to shore up the running back corps from within, you have to still expect the Vikes to snag a back in the first few rounds of the draft.