Jim Brown spinning his way through the line and breaking loose in the secondary with a burst of speed. Walter Payton lowering a stiff arm and tearing away from the tackler with those long, almost-straight-leg strides.
When you share a backfield with a former MVP and an electric early-round draft pick being compared to Darren Sproles, it’s easy to fly under the radar. But Matt Asiata has never been one for the limelight anyway. “Just go out there and do your job and, you know, execute with the plays,” Asiata said. “I was just trying to get better every day.”
Former NFL running back Marion Barber III was detained and taken for a mental health evaluation after police were called to a Dallas, Texas suburb.
Jerick McKinnon was the last of Minnesota’s 10 draft picks to sign his rookie contract. That’s about the only race he wouldn’t win.
Minnesota Vikings fans know that Adrian Peterson is number one, but not that Toby Gerhart is gone – who is second in line to carry the ball? His name is Jerick McKinnon, and he’s still making a transition to full time running back. In college he did a number of things, including throwing the ball as a quarterback at Georgia Southern University.
A fellowship gathering is scheduled in Sioux Falls in honor of the 2-year-old son of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
It’s a tiny town in northwestern Minnesota, but the people of Underwood love their football. Friday nights is when the town gets buzzing, thanks to high school football, said coach Chuck Ross.
The New York Giants have signed veteran running back Peyton Hillis. Hillis, who fills a void in the backfield, is a six-year veteran with a 1,000-yard season on his resume. He has played for Denver, Cleveland and Kansas City, and has 2,470 yards and 21 touchdowns for his career.
Running back Isaac Redman is inactive for the Pittsburgh Steelers for their game against the Minnesota Vikings in London, with rookie Le’Veon Bell set to make his debut.
Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back Le’Veon Bell will make his regular-season debut on Sunday hoping to provide a jolt for his winless team.
Chris Williams is the talented and explosive running back from DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis. “I like to get to the end zone, so I just try everything to get to the end zone, every play,” Williams said. Walk him and you can see why teammates follow him. Williams didn’t grow up privileged, and he did not forget where he grew up.
One player to watch in the metro area — Minneapolis Washburn’s Jeff Jones. He’s a football player, he’s an athlete, and he’s got some gifts you cannot teach. Watch him on the football field and it becomes a game of “catch me if you can.”
Through their first two preseason games, the best performance from Minnesota’s first-team offense has been by rookie punter Jeff Locke.
The Vikings haven’t done much well in these exhibition games yet. Each incompletion by Christian Ponder or three-and-out series by the unit has only heightened concerns whether this team can be balanced enough to build off last year’s playoff appearance.
Minnesota’s favorite football player is experimenting with putting chocolate milk on his Wheaties and even admits he ratchets up his legendary debilitating handshake for reporters in particular. The Vikings star running back opened up in an Ask Me Anything forum Tuesday on reddit.com, the user-generated social news and entertainment website.
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