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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Hmmmm: Vikings sign RB Ryan Moats

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

I'm resisting the urge to place the kind of significance that I'd love to put on the Minnesota Vikings' decision to sign veteran running back Ryan Moats, a move that came days after All-Pro starter Adrian Peterson skipped veteran minicamp to attend a hometown parade in his honor.

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Timing is one reason to be intrigued by this signing. Here's another: Moats played for then-Philadelphia offensive coordinator Brad Childress when both were with the Eagles in 2005. The Philadelphia connection has always been significant as it relates to player moves under Childress.

As much as Moats' arrival might bolster theories that there is more to the Peterson issue, I'm not going there yet. Here's the more likely explanation: The departure of veteran Chester Taylor left the Vikings with no experienced runners behind Peterson. Albert Young got 12 mop-up carries as a first-year player last season, Darius Reynaud is a converted receiver and Toby Gerhart is a rookie.

Moats, 27, rushed for a career-high 390 yards and four touchdowns last season for the Houston Texans, where he was a primary backup to starter Steve Slaton. Regardless of Peterson's status, it makes sense to have at least one experienced hand for depth purposes. It's not uncommon for teams to use organized team activities and minicamps to test young players and then fill in perceived roster gaps afterward.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it ... for now.