The day after the team signed former Dolphins fullback Lex Hilliard, Jason LaCanfora has reported that the Vikings are bringing in fullback Jerome Felton for a visit. This is the same Jerome Felton the Vikings tried to claim off waivers last season only to be stymied by the Colts. Like the aforementioned Mr. Hilliard, Felton is a guy who can block, catch and run. He is bigger than Hilliard and makes more sense as a blocking back in the Vikings’ system.
All this begs the question: Why are the Vikings loading up on fullbacks? Well I think I have an answer. In fact, they’re not loading up on fullbacks. Cause Lex Hilliard actually is a tailback/fullback. So really, if Felton is signed, he would be the primary blocking back (thanks for your help Ryan D’Imperio, now turn in your key card) and Hilliard would likely be the third running back. This means no more Lorenzo Booker but we already knew this. The advantage with Hilliard over Booker is, Hilliard gives value on special teams and he is a legit short yardage guy. Long story short, in the grand scheme of things, Hilliard and Felton combined give you more than Booker and D’Imperio. This is known as upgrading the roster. Thanks for playing.