With Chester Taylor gone and Toby Gerhart still wet behind the ears and Adrian Peterson whipping out a recent dose of passive aggression, the Vikings need depth in the backfield.
Enter Ryan Moats.
The former Texans tailback has signed with the team, according to the Vikings’ website.
Other members of the arguably crowded house include converted receiver (and former WVU standout) Darius Reynaud, Albert Young, and Boise State Fiesta Bowl hero Ian Johnson.
Moats rushed for 126 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries against the Bills in 2009. The performance earned Moats a starting job, but he was held to 38 yards on 16 attempts against the Colts the following week.
The decision could be interpreted as a not-so-subtle message to Peterson, who missed a mandatory minicamp in order to attend the Fourth Annual Adrian Peterson Day in East Palestine, Texas. Peterson has developed a fumbling problem, and Moats’ big day came after Texans starter Steve Slaton landed on the bench due to a chronic inability to maintain possession of the ball.