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Continued: Craig: Vikings' Felton finds fullback fulfilling as he leads way for Peterson

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 4, 2013 - 12:44 PM

The other is “38 Club G Boss.” Depending on the defensive front, the right guard or right tackle pulls right. Felton has to read the lineman’s block quickly and then make the corresponding block to seal inside or kick outside.

“Sunday, it was [right tackle] Phil [Loadholt] pulling,” Felton said. “We were really on the same page. I’d look at him in the huddle and say, ‘It’s time to get it going again.’ ”

The play was working well enough that they called “Toss 38 Club G Boss” for receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, who was lined up behind Felton in the I-formation. Patterson took a toss right; followed Felton, who sealed middle linebacker Jonathan Bostic inside; and scored from 33 yards out.

“I didn’t know we had that play in for Cordarrelle until I looked back one time in practice and said, ‘What are you doing back there?’ ” Felton said. “He said, ‘Don’t worry, man. Just block.’ I said, ‘All right, just follow me to the promised land.’ ”

The promised land isn’t a destination for fullbacks. In fact, in 26 games with the Vikings, Felton has touched the ball nine times from scrimmage. Of those nine, how many have been carries, Jerome?

“None,” he said. “Unless you count the Pro Bowl [four carries, 18 yards, one touchdown] last year. But I’m always lobbying.”

Happy to block

NFL players typically get Tuesdays off. Like most Vikings players, Felton goes to the facility to lift weights that day. He also makes a point to visit the offensive coaches room for some good-natured lobbying as the game plan is being put together.

“I’ll poke my head in,” Felton said. “Then I’ll say, ‘You got anything for me this week?’ ”

Two weeks ago in Seattle, coaches actually did having something for him. He was going to carry the ball, but the play came with a kill option if the defensive front wasn’t deemed favorable.

“Christian killed out of it to another play,” Felton said. “That was when we fumbled. Guys have joked with me that I missed my chance. But that’s OK. I’m happy with what I’m doing and, frankly, I wouldn’t take the ball out Adrian’s hands to give it to me, either.”

Mark Craig • mcraig@startribune.com

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