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Vikings fullback Jerome Felton is one of the best in the league at what appears to be a dying position; over the last 50 years, fullbacks have gone from carrying the ball to blocking for halfbacks, and in the modern NFL, many teams have switched them out for a third receiver. But Felton might have the best job a fullback could want, blocking for Adrian Peterson, and even though he didn't grow up wanting to be a fullback, he's happy with what he's doing.
"You know, you hear a lot about how the fullback is a dying breed,” Felton told Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “But look at teams that are successful this year. The 49ers, they use the fullback a lot. Seattle uses the fullback a lot. Even Indy is using the fullback a lot. The Saints use one. A good fullback is a favorable position to have.”
The job has certainly paid off for Felton. He came to the Vikings last year having played for two teams in the previous two seasons, but he cleared the way for Peterson's 2,097-yard season, made the Pro Bowl and got a three-year, $7.5 million contract from the Vikings in the offseason. On Sunday, as Peterson had his best day of the season, Felton probably also had his. If he's playing a dying position, he's making a living by being the best at it.
Here are today's other Vikings stories of note:
We filed a story from the Vikings' stadium groundbreaking, at which all the rancor over the team's new home seemed to pass away, and looked at what effect Oregon QB Marcus Mariota will have on the Vikings' QB options in the draft after he decided to stay in school.
The Vikings have found some success putting Christian Ponder in the shotgun, but the number of shotgun sacks they're allowing is starting to become an issue, writes Tim Yotter of Viking Update.
Vikings president Mark Wilf wouldn't discuss the future of coach Leslie Frazier or general manager Rick Spielman in an interview with the Associated Press after the groundbreaking ceremony.
And this animated Star Tribune photo of Vikings owner Zygi Wilf and Minnesota governor Mark Dayton at Tuesday's groundbreaking is making the rounds on the Internet.