VU Daily Blog: 6/15/10

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 10:58:00 AM

Vikings sign RB Ryan Moats

The Vikings have signed former Texans, Eagles and Cardinals running back Ryan Moats, according to vikings.com. Moats was released by Houston last week. He was a restricted free agent and signed his $1.226 million tender in April.

Vikings coach Brad Childress has familiarity with Moats, as the Eagles drafted Moats in 2005, when Childress was the offensive coordinator in Philadelphia. Moats scored three touchdowns over a two-game period in December 2005 and had a 40-yard run.

He spent the 2006 and 2007 seasons with the Eagles, receiving limited work. He missed the entire 2007 season after having surgery during the preseason to repair a fractured fibula. After being released before the 2008 regular season, the Arizona Cardinals signed him to their practice squad and he eventually went to the Texans' practice squad before a promotion to their 53-man roster later that season.

He had a 126-yard, three-touchdown game filling in for Steve Slaton last year against Buffalo and led the Texans with four TDs in 2009.

For his career, the 5-foot-8, 210-pound Moats has 204 carries for 831 yards (4.1-yard average) and eight touchdowns.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 8:05:00 AM

Film session with Peterson, Bieniemy

Adrian Peterson wasn't at minicamp, but NFL Network got a chance to spend some time in the meeting room with Peterson and running backs coach Eric Bieniemy early last week reviewing film.

Bieniemy pushes Peterson hard during games and he reinforces a couple of key aspects for the star back – patience and footwork.

"Our first two steps by far have to be very, very consistent," Bieniemy said while watching film with Peterson. "You're going to notice one thing: We were very, very inconsistent at times. We've got to do a better job of being what up top? Being patient. We left at least 200 or 300 yards."

Bieniemy rolls the film forward and back and evaluates Peterson's every move. He loves the shoulder angle but wants improvement on the footwork.

"Your first two steps are by far the most important. Because why? It puts us in sync with the O-line and second it sets the course that we want," the coach said.

"We rushed for 1,300 yards last year. Don't get me wrong. For the average back, that's a good year, but not for us."

Bieniemy compared Peterson to Titans running back Chris Johnson, who took the rushing title from Peterson in 2009, and the conclusion was that Johnson was patient.

"He's always consistent with his footwork and he always does a great job of what? Being patient. It ain't by chance that he rushed for 2,000. He's a great, patient runner."

Bieniemy is the one being consistent. He is constantly preaching patience, something that Peterson said he needed to improve upon at the end of last year. That message is still be espoused this offseason.

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