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Remember this guy? Toby Gerhart made a name for himself by showing flashes of brilliance as Adrian Peterson's backup in 2010.
Of course, his stat line would suggest otherwise—81 rushes for 322 yards and a single score. 21 receptions for 167 yards—but it was his effort that became memorable…at least for this writer.
Adrian Peterson will not only be a FA (2012), but has also curiously stated in a recent interview:
"I thought maybe -- after a few years of doing good -- there'd be deal by now," said Peterson. "But whatever. That's OK." —Minneapolis Star-Tribune
In the same vein, coach Leslie Frazier has said the Vikings will do everything they can to lock up Peterson for the long term.
But while all of this is happening, Gerhart could stand to gain a little extra ground when it comes to work.
With Peterson and the brass in the ring, Gerhart could wind up seeing more work which would be a great situation for his own development, as well as, the Vikings.
If we assume that Peterson and the Vikings iron things out, and Gerhart does see some extra work because of the current lockout situation, that backfield could wind up being stronger than expected.