A few days ago, I wrote about Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s comment that he wants a “physical presence” at fullback and his usage (or lack thereof) of fullbacks in 2013.
Today, we grabbed fullback Jerome Felton, who was a Pro Bowler in 2012, as he came off the field following the morning walkthrough. He was asked about fullbacks in Turner’s offense.
“He’s gone from using one a lot to not very much, so I think it just depends on the system and players -- if he has a fullback and what that fullback can do,” he said. “I’m confident in my ability and I think whenever we run two-back runs we’ll be successful, and that will help me get more reps.”
Felton’s situation is complicated by the fact that he is scheduled to make a little over $2.1 million this season (and $2.5 million in 2015, though that’s getting a little ahead of ourselves). If the Vikings choose to cut him and go with Zach Line or forgo a fullback, they could save $1.3 million.
“Obviously all that stuff factors into it,” Felton acknowledged. “But at the end of the day, you just control what you can control, and that’s me performing when I’m out there.”
Felton believes the question is whether Turner will use a fullback, not who should be that fullback.
“I’m confident myself,” he said. “If we’re going to use a fullback, I feel I’ll be that guy.”