[Note: This segment is a part of a position-by-position look at what the Minnesota Vikings might be inclined to do during the 2015 free agency period. This is the second article, focusing on the running backs. In case you missed it, feel free to check out the quarterback preview here.]
Any writer that says he or she knows how the Vikings running back depth chart will look in 2015 is lying to you, even if they end up being correct. I’m a huge fan of irresponsible speculation, truly, but I’m not going to lie to you: I have no idea how the Adrian Peterson situation will shake out.
If you are interested in some of the speculation on the topic then feel free to read this, this, this, this, this or this. On second thought, it might just be easier to type “Adrian Peterson” into the search bar at the top of this page and browse as you please.
Now that we’ve established that I’m about to make some predictions based on an impossible-to-predict situation, let’s take a look at what I think I know.
There is no reason to suspect that Jerick McKinnon won’t play a significant role moving forward. There is also no reason to expect the Vikings not to bring restricted free agents Joe Banyard and Matt Asiata with them to Mankato, as I’ve previously assessed. They will also have recently-signed Henry Josey and practice squad player Dominique Williams available to them.
Even without Peterson, the Vikings certainly have the quantity of running backs in their current stable to create a decent competition at the position. The worry, however, is that the quality is lacking (again, if Peterson doesn’t return) and I would not be surprised to see them add some talent.