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Meet Albert Young, possible backup to Adrian Peterson

718871.jpgSo with running back LaDainian Tomlinson spurning the Vikings and picking the Jets, who’ll back up Adrian Peterson in Minnesota.

How about Albert Young?

You know, Albert Young.  An undrafted rookie in 2008 who played college football at Iowa, where he rushed for 3,173 yards and was named to the all-Big Ten team in 2007.  Young quietly had 12 carries for 53 yards last season, and coach Brad Childress sang his praises Friday in a segment on KFAN.

Probably not enough has been said about Albert Young,” Childress said, which is accurate because not anything has been said about him. “Albert Young is a guy that
has developed here tremendously in the last two years.  As a matter of
fact, Brett Favre and I had a long conversation about him when we were
down south, and he believes he’s got a chance to be a good back in this

The key words in that paragraph?  “Brett” and “Favre.”  Chilly’s recent visit to his quarterback wasn’t just about seeing how Brett is doing.  It was about making sure Brett had no qualms about Chester Taylor being allowed to leave — and it was about making sure Brett would be fine with Albert Young being the No. 2 man on the totem pole behind Peterson.

It doesn’t mean the Vikings will stand pat.  Though Childress says the Vikings aren’t interested in Brian Westbrook, tailback is one of the most fungible positions in the game.  If a guy they like squirts through to round three or four of the draft, Chilly and company could pull the trigger on another rookie.

In the end, perhaps the best news for Vikings fans is that the ability of the team to become a finalist for LaDainian Tomlinson and a discussion between coach and quarterback about some guy named Albert Young means that all signs are pointing to Favre coming back for another year.

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  1. FNGS says: Mar 15, 2010 7:26 AM

    Chilly can’t make a move without Lord Favre okaying it. Look at where it chilly when he tryed to make a play call with out Lord Favre.

  2. PervySharstainharvin says: Mar 15, 2010 7:28 AM

    Childress (sweating profuselyon his knees):
    Just wondering your highness, would you be really pissed if…that is would you come back for sure…if possibly it is OK…just in case, like we don’t quite resign …Chester Taylor…please don’t think that is what we have in mind…but on the outside chance…Oh please don’t think…you are not mad are you? Here let me rub your shoulders and if you want you can report September 1st.
    How perfectly pathetic…losers.

  3. tv says: Mar 15, 2010 7:33 AM

    Well of course if Lord FavRay gave his blessing then we should reserve a spot for the guy in Canton.

  4. tomcous says: Mar 15, 2010 7:34 AM

    They should sign Adrian Peterson formerly of Chicago

  5. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says: Mar 15, 2010 7:35 AM

    I don’t know how he’ll do in the NFL but he was an animal in college. I sincerely doubt they aren’t scrambling for somebody else though.

  6. JimmySmith says: Mar 15, 2010 7:37 AM

    Yup, Mr. Noodle weighs in with another deep insight into the roster depth of the NFL’s biggest choke team. With Brent Favre throwing INT’s and AD fumbling the ball, the back up might as well be Neil Young for all the difference it will make.
    But seriously, is it possible that Brent was making this comment wholly independent of his decision to come back or not? Now granted, Chilly wore Brent’s favorite dress and donned with his knee pads for the Mississippi visit but this eloborate charade of “Will he or won’t he?” will continue until mid August for two main reasons, Brent loves the attention and Brent hates OTA’s and two-a-days. If the Viking fans have any worries, they should save it for the point in time when Brent throws another season down the drain at the worst possible moment.

  7. Franchise says: Mar 15, 2010 7:46 AM

    Young looked solid in camp last year, but lets be honest, he wont be the #2.
    There are still options out there in free agency, one being the man they will sign.
    Brian Westbrook.
    Chilly can hold out as long as he wants, but everyone knows that phone call was made a while ago.
    My personal pick is Justin Fargas, but I’m only worth 2 cents.

  8. Bun McSticky says: Mar 15, 2010 8:00 AM

    Albert Young was one of the most heavily recruited RBs in high school the year he came out…he had a few injuries at Iowa that hampered his career.
    He’s evolved nicely with Minnesota, so although he is an unknown, he’s certainly known by the Viking’s coaching staff.

  9. philly iggles says: Mar 15, 2010 8:04 AM

    This dudes for real. All rushing runningback in NJ for Moorestown and then standout through college for Iowa with some time missed due to injuries. When healthy, a real threat. Small but durable.

  10. sand0 says: Mar 15, 2010 8:18 AM

    Oh give me a break Florio. Chilly flew down to get Brett’s approval for what? It was Chester’s choice to leave. The Vikings couldn’t be expected to offer what the Bears offered. Taylor averaged 8 touches per game last season the Bears might give him 20-25 touches per game and low level starter money.
    The truth of the story? Chilly and Brett spent a whole day talking and as football junkies do they probably spent most of it on their favorite subject. Obvious topics like the biggest current news with the team came up.
    The real reason Chilly flew down to talk to Brett was the reason he gave. He wanted to get a feel for how Brett was feeling. He wanted a better idea as to what the odds were of Brett coming back. That is the only deal about what Brett thinks that Chilly cares about as it deals with the Vikings team.

  11. WhySoSerious says: Mar 15, 2010 8:22 AM

    Albert Young is now better than L.T. Amazing!

  12. BBB82 says: Mar 15, 2010 8:29 AM

    Nice way to turn this into a Brett Favre post…

  13. KeithDavid says: Mar 15, 2010 8:29 AM

    This guy went to Moorestown in NJ? Wow, an NFL running back came out of such a small high school. Good for him. All you Favre haters are fans of teams that don’t have a decent QB. All but about 10 teams have crap for starters.

  14. dabarber says: Mar 15, 2010 8:33 AM

    How do you know what Chilly and Brett were talking about?
    Were you there or did Brett or Chilly tell you what was said?
    You just made all that up.

  15. Postman says: Mar 15, 2010 8:36 AM

    It’s unbelievable how much you pump you Vikings, Florio. A story about a Vikings backup player. Un. Freaking. Believable.

  16. Jack Factor says: Mar 15, 2010 8:41 AM

    No matter what Chilly says, it will never have a nice ring to it.

  17. mjohnson062 says: Mar 15, 2010 9:05 AM

    Signing the other Adrian Peterson is the awesomest idea ever! Then Purple Jesus could be AAD (almost all day) and Peterson #2 could be ROTD (rest of the day).

  18. Bob Nelson says: Mar 15, 2010 9:08 AM


  19. airstreamtex says: Mar 15, 2010 9:14 AM

    Florio, in disguise as a butler at the Farve residence overheard the entire conversation and is now duley reporting the facts. nothing but the facts. Instead of getting a jump on the ‘you heard it here first’ if Young turns out to be a stud angle, he’s reverting back to the worn out, when you’ve got nothing intuitive or insightful to say drivel of the Farve and Childress show. I wonder if a fake mustache was part of Florios disguise.

  20. lskynard87 says: Mar 15, 2010 9:23 AM

    Lmao @ mjohnson062

  21. Pervy Harvin says: Mar 15, 2010 9:35 AM

    Albert Young is a player quietly waiting to show he can be a solid NFL running back. The guy can be good, remember I said it. Thank’s LT for going to NY. Enjoy that grilled stuffed burrito dirty Sanchez!

  22. Bill In DC says: Mar 15, 2010 9:41 AM

    LOL, What would you expect him to say, “this kid sucks, but he’s all we’ve got after Taylor left and LT told us where to stick it.”

  23. Hauschild says: Mar 15, 2010 9:53 AM

    Let’s face it – Taylor was solid, but look at his numbers – nothing that an NFL team will miss.
    This is simply smart management – develop from within and don’t panic when players leave. You panic, you end up like Washington or Oakland – two teams that spend like crazy, with absolutely nothing to show for it.

  24. last starfighter says: Mar 15, 2010 9:54 AM

    Coaches say this about all players. If you don’t think highly of guy he won’t get a roster spot. That said, I doubt he’ll be nearly as effective as Taylor was.

  25. StickyGreen says: Mar 15, 2010 9:54 AM

    As long as we didn’t give LT 5mil, I don’t care

  26. Franchise says: Mar 15, 2010 10:07 AM

    I’ll take Albert Young over Ahman Green any day of the week.
    Hell, I would take Albert Young or Ian Johnson over Ryan “OP = Over Paid” Grant.

  27. MN Boise Fan says: Mar 15, 2010 10:13 AM

    I remember watching the preseaon last year when young played. My first comment to friends was: take away the jersey numbers, and I can’t tell if this is Chester or Albert.
    I’m guessing he can replace Taylor running the ball. The wild card is the pass protection and blitz pick up, as it is with most young backs. Young and Johnson can definitely pick up the stat sheet production of Taylor. Its the non-stat sheet stuff that is up for debate.

  28. pkrlvr says: Mar 15, 2010 10:27 AM

    So sick of seeing these assanine “lord Favre” comments. Beat a new drum morons, that shit is stupid and old. And JimmySmith, are you a stalker? You post in every Vikings thread. And calling him Brent is in no way clever. It’s just childish.

  29. dabarber says: Mar 15, 2010 10:29 AM

    Hey, this guy might be starting when AP starts coughing up the ball twice a game (again)

  30. mnmaverick says: Mar 15, 2010 10:33 AM

    I really think they are set at running back.
    If they can find an DT, OT, OG, corner, safety, etc in FA like Gibril Wilson then by all means sign him to cut down on our draft needs.
    But RB is set. LT was a luxury, not a need.
    Westbrook is a health disaster. Let him sign with the Packers.

  31. internettoughguy says: Mar 15, 2010 10:40 AM

    Young will be fine…it is Favre that makes or breaks a SB year for us.
    LT is done, and Chilly is already saying that Westbrook isn’t an option as Chilly thinks he is done. Westy would be worse than LT and I hated the LT idea.
    Time to focus our efforts on positions of need. RB isn’t one of them.

  32. mnmaverick says: Mar 15, 2010 10:41 AM

    Postman, if you don’t like what’s shared here, get lost. I’m getting tired of reading the diatribe of whiney bitches like you on a daily basis.
    Be a man, take initiative and leave, so the rest of us who enjoy what’s shared here don’t have to listen to the whining of you or others like you on a daily basis.

  33. internettoughguy says: Mar 15, 2010 10:43 AM

    Its the non-stat sheet stuff that is up for debate.
    Great call…..if AP ( God Forbid) gets nicked up I think Young can run the ball, but the PP and Rec. will be a question mark.

  34. LBPACKFAN says: Mar 15, 2010 10:44 AM

    Is the failure to land LT sitting well with coach Favre?
    Yeah Vikes fans…keep telling yourself you are content with Albert Young.

  35. Norseman says: Mar 15, 2010 10:44 AM

    I need to use a sieve whenever I read a Vikings-related post to strain out all the crap to get to an intelligent comment.
    To all the Viking/Favre/Peterson haters, why don’t you just post in the GB, NO, Eagles, Cowboys/whatever threads and go Rah-Rah for them? We all know how you feel about anything Minnesota related. All I read are endless variations on the ‘your team/QB sucks’ whine. It would be somewhat tolerable if it was funny, but most of the time it’s dumb and tedious. I see nothing objective or insightful, merely frat-boy beer-talk.

  36. last starfighter says: Mar 15, 2010 10:52 AM

    # Franchise says: March 15, 2010 10:07 AM
    I’ll take Albert Young over Ahman Green any day of the week.
    Hell, I would take Albert Young or Ian Johnson over Ryan “OP = Over Paid” Grant.
    Ryan Grant 2009 ypc = 4.4
    Adrian Peterson 2009 ypc = 4.4
    I would also say minnesota had a more consistent line last season. So by your judgement Albert Young is the vikes 2010 starting running back.

  37. vikes backer says: Mar 15, 2010 11:10 AM

    jimmysmith, your comment on ap fumbling and favre throwing interceptions was rediculous, don’t know if you heard but favre had a fantastic season last year, he didn’t have many interceptions, so you can quit using that one. As far as ap, sure he needs to get a grip on his fumbling problem, but he is still one of the top rb in the league. And without a doubt he will fix this problem. Young will do fine in the backfield behind favre. Last year we knocked on the door, this year we’re knocking it down!

  38. stetai says: Mar 15, 2010 11:51 AM

    I recall watching Young this season and feeling he’d be able to step into Chester’s spot, however I want to win a SB, so I want that something “extra” at every position, to guarantee we make it.
    If Favre is cool with Young, that’s good for the team, and very likely that signing an LT-type wasn’t an issue for Brett, more gravy.

  39. Cannon says: Mar 15, 2010 12:15 PM

    Alber Young is pretty good player, he reminds me of Shonn Greene, both short powerful backs with good intial burst but not a lot of top end speed. With that being said he’s no LT. I expect the Vikes to draft a running back in the first two rounds if they cant find one in free agency. Its GREAT to hear that Favre and Chilly are talking personell. Florio this post has made my day.

  40. SpartaChris says: Mar 15, 2010 12:16 PM

    Hauschild says:
    March 15, 2010 9:53 AM
    Let’s face it – Taylor was solid, but look at his numbers – nothing that an NFL team will miss.
    This is simply smart management – develop from within and don’t panic when players leave. You panic, you end up like Washington or Oakland – two teams that spend like crazy, with absolutely nothing to show for it.
    My God you’re such a hypocrite. You call yourself a “Packer” fan, but blindly bash TT when he does the same thing. Go get yourself a purple jersey, loser. Packer fans want nothing to do with you.

  41. Satanic Hell Creature says: Mar 15, 2010 12:33 PM

    last starfighter says:
    March 15, 2010 10:52 AM
    # Franchise says: March 15, 2010 10:07 AM
    I’ll take Albert Young over Ahman Green any day of the week.
    Hell, I would take Albert Young or Ian Johnson over Ryan “OP = Over Paid” Grant.
    Ryan Grant 2009 ypc = 4.4
    Adrian Peterson 2009 ypc = 4.4
    I would also say minnesota had a more consistent line last season. So by your judgement Albert Young is the vikes 2010 starting running back.
    There isn’t a defensive coordinator in the league that get worried the week before facing the Packers because Ryan Grant might take over the game. I’m pretty sure that most of the defensive coordinators that face the Packers gameplan how to stop the passing game. That being said, I highly doubt Grant ever saw more than 7 in the box. I wonder what his average would be if every defense he faced placed 8 or even 9 in the box every time he was on the field. If every defense that faced the Packers had the mindset of “just stop Grant and let Rodgers beat us if he can”, I doubt his average would be over 2 ypc. That’s what Peterson has faced every single game the last couple of years. And conversely, if Peterson faced 7 in the box every game, with the defensive mindset 100% on stopping Favre, I think his average would go up a couple ypc easily.

  42. covercorner7 says: Mar 15, 2010 3:04 PM

    The Vikings can draft a backup RB.

  43. PervySharstainharvin says: Mar 15, 2010 7:28 PM

    As long as Lord Farve gives it the….SKOAL!

  44. Philtration says: Mar 15, 2010 9:02 PM

    No… not for the Vikings.
    Someone will win a ring but not the Vikings.
    Almost 50 years now Viking fans and the only thing you have to show for it is going 100% gay with your uniforms and swallowing for Brett Favre.

  45. airstreamtex says: Mar 15, 2010 9:10 PM

    Justin Fargas would leave it all out on the field. blue collar style. Fits the mold of the team. do it do it do it.

  46. FNGS says: Mar 15, 2010 9:45 PM

    I see on the NFL channel, that they reported Lord Favre was trying to recuit L.T to come to Mn. So doe’s that mean he will be coming back?or just trying to recuit better players before he decides.

  47. shadowGM says: Mar 15, 2010 11:47 PM

    That’s right, pathetic purple fanbase, spend three days talking smack about (in your estimation) “the greatest 1-2 RB duo” in AP and LDT; then do a 180 when LDT wisely chooses to play for a winner and call him pathetic, etc.; and now resort to shining a turd.
    Facts are facts, if they were so high on Young, they wouldn’t have futilely attempted to woo LDT. Young isn’t an idiot either, he can see that this is making the best of what the team considers a dire situation, that Chester chose the mighty Bears. That’s gonna hurt, a lot.
    As for my fellow Packer fans on here, don’t make our fanbase look as unintelligent as most already think we are: Ryan Grant isn’t even in the same area code as AP. Hate to say it, but it’s a fact. The ypc comparison doesn’t speak as highly of Grant as it does tell the tale of Minnesota’s offense trending to the pass over AP’s run game. WE HAVE NO RUNNING BACK FOR US TO COMPETE N OUR OWN DIVISION.
    This one’s between the Bears and Vikings. Until new management with a backbone and a coach that holds players and coaches accountable for on field results comes to town, we’re a sitting duck.

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