Rick Spielman sees a more diverse running game in Minnesota

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After a decade with the Vikings, running back Adrian Peterson is gone. In his place, a committee approach consisting of players who collectively have the kind of diverse skill set Peterson simply didn’t possess.

Vikings G.M. Rick Spielman addressed the team’s new approach to the running game during a Tuesday visit to PFT Live. While Spielman pointed out in no uncertain terms that Peterson is a Hall of Famer whose abilities in many ways were unparalleled, it’s clear that the Vikings now plan a much different strategy at the tailback position with rookie Dalvin Cook, free-agent Latavius Murray, and veteran Jerick McKinnon.

Cook is the most compelling of the three, a first-year player who is showing considerable talent as a runner and a receiver. He’s also figuring out how to pick up blitzes, an underrated but important aspect of running back play.

Spielman addressed other topics relating to the team, including the expected improvement of the offensive line, the development of quarterback Sam Bradford, and the rehab of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who is now nearly a full year removed from tearing his ACL.

10 responses to “Rick Spielman sees a more diverse running game in Minnesota

  1. It’s impossible to imagine the whole offense not being a lot better than last year. The offensive line has been revamped and has more depth. The quarterback has spent a year with the team instead of eight days. The running backs are young and versatile instead of an old one-trick pony that demanded the offense be run through him. The kicker isn’t a head case. With the defense they have, all they need to do is score 21 points a game and they should have a pretty good record. Injuries can always mess with your plans but I don’t see a reason not to be optimistic.

  2. Dalvin cook has all the tools as a rusher, receiver, and blocker.

    He just needs a steady o-line instead of the patchwork we have now.

    It will be great to see him produce as he gains more experience throughout the season and his career.

  3. as a Viking fan for the past 30+ years I am sick of the talk. go out on the field and prove it!!! prove that the running game is better, prove the o-line is not a turnstile, prove Sammy is not going to dump off 3-5 yard routes on 3rd and 10. PROVE IT!!!!

  4. If diverse means desperately utilizing a Wr as a Rb; then cheesebay has a diverse running game too.

  5. GenXJ says:
    August 16, 2017 at 8:02 am
    If diverse means desperately utilizing a Wr as a Rb; then cheesebay has a diverse running game too.
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    They position players start at doesn’t mean that is all they are capable of playing. Sam Shields was a receiver in college and became a pro bowl DB in the NFL. Vikings trolls have the worst football IQ.

  6. The offense has no choice but to be more diverse — when AP was in the game there was a 90% chance they’d run, seeing as how he could neither pass protect nor catch a pass.

  7. dayglo80 says:
    August 16, 2017 at 7:41 am
    as a Viking fan for the past 30+ years I am sick of the talk. go out on the field and prove it!!! prove that the running game is better, prove the o-line is not a turnstile, prove Sammy is not going to dump off 3-5 yard routes on 3rd and 10. PROVE IT!!!!
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    As a Vikings fan, I completely agree….that goes for the players and fans…I have heard and read enough hype for one lifetime…just let the season speak for itself…

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