Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson rushed for 140 yards and scored two touchdowns in week 4 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. One of the major factors in Peterson’s success against the Steelers was the return of fullback Jerome Felton from a three game suspension.
Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier had some very positive things to say about the return of Jerome Felton:
“It was great for Adrian. It gave our offense a boost. It definitely created a comfort level knowing that Jerome was out there. He didn’t have to talk through certain things. There is just a synergy between the two of them, and for our offensive line, it’s like having an extra blocker because of his success as a lead blocker. I think it definitely helped Adrian have a terrific day, and I think Jerome had a part to say in that.”
According to the stats at ESPN, here are Adrian Peterson’s stats with and without Jerome Felton blocking for him last year:
- With Felton: 1,505 rushing yards (6.9 yards per carry) and 9 touchdowns
- Without Felton: 592 yards (4.6 yards per carry) and 4 touchdowns.
As you can see from the numbers, Adrian Peterson averages 2.3 more yards per carry with Jerome Felton leading the way for him. That is a significant difference and shows how important Felton is to the Vikings run game.