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It's becoming more and more common in the NFL to have a running back tandem, instead of just one guy to lean on. Few teams have a better duo than the Vikings with Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor.

Peterson-Taylor form dynamic duo

The Vikings running back tandem of Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor ranks second, according to this New Era Scouting report, behind Jacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew and Fred Taylor.

Most Vikings fans would argue that point vigorously, but the trend in the league toward a duo of running backs in the backfield is becoming more and more prevalent.

"Last year, as a rookie, Adrian Peterson displayed brilliance as he smashed records and posted two 200-yard rushing campaigns," Josh Gaier writes.  "Using his combination of speed, instincts and power, Peterson provides the Vikings' running game with a dynamic threat."

Without question, Peterson is a threat to go the distance every time he touches the ball.  Unlike many players in NFL history, he can almost single-handedly change the tide of a game on his own.  He's a tremendous competitor with a rare blend of size, power and home run speed.

Taylor, who rushed for over 1,000 yards as a one-man show before Peterson arrived in Minnesota, is no slouch, either.

"Taylor adds some zing to the backfield," according to Gaier.  "Taylor is shifty, quick and elusive, but he does possess the ability to run with power.  Another plus about Taylor is that he's a great receiver out of the backfield and always provides the Vikings quarterbacks with an extra receiving option."

Now, if you disagreed with ranking Peterson-Taylor behind the Jacksonville duo, you'll really object to the NES overall running back rankings.


Former Vikings special-teams coach Gary Zauner has rookie free-agent placekicker Steven Hauschka of the Vikings, Derrick Frost of the Redskins and Matt Katula of the Ravens at his kicking camp June 21-23 at Wisconsin-River Falls.

Vikings veteran NT Pat Williams shrugs off the recent comments by former teammate Erasmus James.  "Coming in as a first-rounder there's a lot of pressure on you," James said at the Redskins' organized team activities.  "A lot of guys think because you're a first-rounder, you're going to come in and start. ... And that's the worst thing to come in as, especially as a rookie with people like that, because you can't get any help.  It's kind of like you fend for yourself.  It's nice to be around older guys who are not out there to say, ‘Hey, there's this new guy coming in.' It's not like that at all.  You can learn from these guys.  I'm real excited about that."  One can understand his frustration, but as Williams points out, James will probably wish he hadn't said what he said at some point.

Vikings head coach Brad Childress was in the clubhouse before Thursday afternoon's game against the Baltimore Orioles, talking with Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.

In a combined ranking of offensive and defensive lines in the NFL, the Vikings come in fourth among 32 NFL teams, according to Pete Prisco of CBS Sportsline.  He ranks the team's defensive line No. 2 in the league, behind only the San Diego Chargers.  The Vikings OL is ranked No. 8.

In evaluating the Vikings' OL, Prisco considers OLG Steve Hutchinson the best player and ORT Ryan Cook the weak link.  "Hutchinson and left tackle Bryant McKinnie are very good on the left side, but the right side is a concern," Prisco says.  "Center Matt Birk is getting up in the years, but he can still play at a high level.  Right guard Anthony Herrera is good in the run game."

On the other side of the ball, Prisco pegs RDE Jared Allen as the best LDE and Ray Edwards the weak link.  "The addition of Allen really makes this one of the league's best groups.  He is scary good at times," he says.  "[Allen] joins the best tackle combo in the league in Pat Williams and Kevin Williams, the latter the better of the two.  Kevin Williams is one of the NFL's best.  Edwards has some pass-rush ability, which should complement this elite threesome.  Backups Ellis Wyms, Fred Evans and Brian Robison are all good players to have around."

Entering just his second pro season in the league, Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is already being discussed as a future Hall of Famer.

The Toronto Argonauts of the CFL have reportedly signed RB Ciatrick Fason, who played college football at Florida and was a 2005 draft pick of the Vikings.

Former Vikings Eddie Payton and Jim Marshall are on schedule to attend this weekend's second annual Rare Breed Celebrity Golf Classic at Wolf Creek and Falcon Ridge Golf courses in Mesquite, Nevada.

Former Vikings CB Corey Fuller will be joined by fellow FSU alum Deion Sanders for the first "Corey Fuller's Life Youth Foundation" camp in Quincy, Florida next week.

Ex-Viking RB Robert Smith is among the expert evaluators of the top ten running backs of all-time in this report by Pat Yasinskas.

Former Viking WR Kelly Campbell continues to draw solid reviews in training camp with the Edmonton Eskimos (CFL).  "He is a special athlete," head coach Danny Maciocia said.  "The last guy we had that could run like him was Ed Hervey.  He's explosive."

The Vikings' Metrodome facility gets pretty mediocre grades in this report.  "That building is falling apart and the lighting for games is terrible," are among the negative comments.

A little dig at the Vikings here in this Bleacher Report on the Eagles Blueprint to a Championship.  "[The] Eagles finally cut Reno Mahe, Greg Lewis, and Darren Howard.  Each player is immediately signed by the Minnesota Vikings," Chris Klinkner opines.

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