Scout's Notebook: RB Ryan Moats

The Vikings had a bead on veteran RB Ryan Moats almost immediately after he was released by the Houston Texans in early June. He'll come to training camp to compete for backup carries behind Adrian Peterson.

#30, Ryan Moats, RB
(5082, 210, 4.46-4.55) Louisiana Tech

Notes: Born Ryan Rockmond Moats, 12/17/82, in Dallas, Texas, where he attended Bishop Lynch High School. He was a two sport athlete in both football and track and field. He ran a 10.9 100-meter dash in track. In football, he won All-State (private school) honors, the Dominic Norman Award, given to a player who demonstrates excellent leadership, and the Dave Campbell Texas Player of the Year. He rushed for a school record 4,782 yards, and 56 touchdowns, was also named Offensive MVP of the Dallas-Fort Worth All-Star game, following his senior season. He attended Roosevelt and Cliff Oak High School before transferring to Bishop Lynch. Married; wife's name is Tamishia.

College: Played in 32 games over three seasons. Finished his senior season with 1.774 yards and 18 touchdowns, earning WAC Player of the Year honors and was a finalist for the Doak Walker award. Finished his career with 3,176 yards on 499 carries (6.4 avg.) and 28 touchdowns.

Pre-Draft: Measured 5082 (5'-8 ¼"), 210 pounds...1.57 10-yard dash...2.63 20-yard dash...4.46-4.53 40-yard dash...36-inch vertical jump...9'-9" broad jump...4.11 short shuttle...7.22 three cone drill...19 reps at 225 pounds.

Pro: Originally a third-round draft choice (No. 77 overall) by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2005. Ryan MoatsMoats played in 7 games, starting 1, as a rookie; rushed for 278 yards on 55 carries (5.1 avg.) and 3 touchdowns, and caught 4 passes for 7 yards. In 2006, he played in 8 games and rushed 22-69 and recorded 14 special teams tackles. He spent the entire 2007 season on injured reserve following a fractured fibula suffered during the preseason. Waived by the Eagles during final cuts in 2008, he spend a couple weeks on the Arizona Cardinals practice squad, then a couple weeks on the Houston Texans practice squad before being promoted to the active roster on October 25 after the team waived running back Darius Walker. He saw action in 9 games and rushed 26-94-1, caught 3-14 and averaged 23.6 on 9 kickoff returns in '08. Last season (2009), he played in 14 games, 2 starts, and rushed 101-390-4 (3.9 avg.) and caught 13-106-1.

Notable: In early March, 2009, his mother-in-law, Jonetta Collinsworth, died from breast cancer. As his wife and other family members rushed to Baylor Regional Medical Center in Plano, Texas, Moats was stopped by a Dallas Police Department officer, who delayed him for 13 minutes outside the hospital's emergency room, even after Moats's explanation was corroborated by a hospital nurse. By the time Moats reached Collinsworth, she had died. Ultimately, the police chief issued an apology to the Moats'. The officer placed on administrative leave, apologized to Moats but later resigned from the department.

After drafting RB Ben Tate in the second-round, Moats was released by Houston, June 10, 2010. He signed with the Vikings, June 14, 2010.

Positives: Tough, hard-nosed, competitive runner with great lateral quickness, vision and instincts. Productive runner. Hits the hole with authority and can make tacklers miss. Reads blocks effectively. Excellent balance and body control. Short, but not small and does not go down easily. Catches the ball well. Very hard worker. Good character. Contributes on special teams and can return and cover kicks.

Negatives: Lacks natural size and true top-end speed. Does not break a lot of tackles after initial contact. Has some limitations as a receiver and a blocker. Has had some durability issues.

Summary: Quick, darting, skilled runner who could contribute as a change-of-pace back to Peterson, but is not necessarily a lock to make the team due to the numbers expected to compete for a roster spot in training camp. However, he will bring a professional work ethic and productivity that will only enhance the level of competition and at worst bring the best out of the other younger prospects in training camp.

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