Vikings Make Move to Bolster Running Back Corps. It Does Not Involve Brian Westbrook.

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.

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  • Mike

    I predict Darius Reynaud is a backup for either a third/fourth round draft pick (probably can’t block) or Westbrook (knee) don’t work out. They will likely get Westbrook if there is a run on all scat backs like Joe McKnight, as has been rumored. Reynaud is a good backup scat back because he has the right physical attributes and they need him anyway for special teams.

  • Larry

    There is not much risk taking Westbrook. I think he will end up in Minny because it makes sence. Westbrook needs a part time job and Minny has one, he was made for this offence. The Vikings are looking for better but they won’t find it. The point is, what do they have to lose? No one else needs him and the Vikings allready have RB’s to develope. This is just too easy of a move. Sign Westbrook for one year at a cheap price with incentives, if he works out great if he don’t no big loss.

  • http://MSN Diradin

    I agree Westbrook is the best bet, Johnson who Minny signed from Bosie state needs more weight and a year too fill the spot, mark my words. Young I haven’t seem much of to say yes or no, and the “D” will lose a GREAT corner in Winfield after next year, plus Pat Williams is 2 years away from retirement. Keep our “D” at it’s high level and rotate our backs behind All Day! Viking 4ever