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Week 2 vs. MIA
Rushing: 4 / 10 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 5 / 0 on 1 targets
Gerhart spelled Peterson occasionally and got a little bit of red zone work. It didn't seem by design, but does show that the coaches do have a certain amount of confidence in him.
Week 3 vs. DET
Rushing: 3 / 12 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
Gerhart saw limited action, giving Adrian Peterson a chance to rest. He was targeted on a screen pass late in the 1st quarter but the play was well read by the defensive lineman and Gerhart had to run him down from behind after the ball was intercepted. He had two, sporadic carries throughout the game, one was stuffed and one was good for five yards. Late in the fourth, he had a nice run between the tackles for an eight yard gain but the defender tackled him and put his helmet right on the ball, causing a fumble. Gerhart had the ball secured, but the defender had a better play and Gerhart fumbled away the ball.
Week 5 vs. NYJ
Rushing: 2 / 7 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
The rookie was a non-factor in this game and was limited to just 2 touches to go along with an ugly drop on a wide open pass route in garbage time.
Week 6 vs. DAL
Rushing: 1 / 4 / 0
Gerhart came in for 1 play in the 4th quarter when Peterson twisted his ankle and had to leave the game. He had one carry off tackle for just four yards and Peterson came back in the game two plays later.
Week 7 vs. GB
Rushing: 5 / 24 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 6 / 0 on 2 targets
The rookie had limited chances in this game but did chip in with 6 touches to spell the busy Peterson.
Week 8 vs. NE
Rushing: 2 / 0 / 0
Receiving: 5 / 67 / 0 on 5 targets
Gerhart took over as the third down back and had some nice runs after catch, breaking tackles and converting a few first downs. Two of his catches came in garbage time, but expect Gerhart to continue to have at least marginal value in PPR leagues, beyond being an injury handcuff to Adrian Peterson.
Week 9 vs. ARI
Rushing: 2 / 6 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 3 / 0 on 1 targets
Toby Gerhart didn't have a big statistical day, but he could have scored a touchdown if not for the turf monster getting him. Gerhart was ready to run in for a score on a quick pass from Favre only to trip at the last minute. This was not a game where Gerhart had a lot of opportunities with the Vikings trailing for a good portion of the game, but he keeps being reliable on third down in pass protection, so his future is bright.
Week 10 vs. CHI
Rushing: 4 / 20 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 17 / 0 on 2 targets
Gerhart made a strong case for a permanant role as the #2 RB in this offense as he ran with authority and punished would be tacklers again and again. Gerhart can build great forward momentum with his large frame and easily push a pile or push back defenders. His workload was somewhat light as the Vikings were losing in this game for most of the time, but he made his carries count with punishing inside and outside runs. He also displayed reliable hands and a quickness you might not expect from a RB with his frame. Gerhart does not run the football like a rookie, and was content on a few occasions to wait for his blockers to set up the hole instead of rushing the play and mis using blockers.
Week 11 vs. GB
Rushing: 1 / 3 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 41 / 0 on 5 targets
On the second drive, Gerhart made a big play on third down, moving the chains on an "accidental" screen (a heavy blitz, and he was wide open over the middle as Favre got smoked). Shortly after, Gerhart got a red zone carry, for a 3 yard gain. He made another catch similar to the first, and was picking up significant yardage, when a Packers defender stripped the ball. Gerhart is now a part of this offense from the get-go. Yes, he is still behind Adrian Peterson on the depth chart, but he spelled him early and often.
Week 12 vs. WAS
Rushing: 22 / 76 / 1
Receiving: 2 / 5 / 0 on 2 targets
Gerhart was drafted for one reason: To backup Peterson and keep the Vikings offense from imploding if Peterson got hurt. Gerhart showed the same kind of toughness that made him an early round selection by the Vikings. He definitely doesn't have the kind of speed that Peterson does, but he has plenty of toughness. Despite the Skins focusing on stopping the run, Gerhart fought very hard for every yard, and had a number of huge runs in the 4th quarter that kept the chains moving, and let the Vikings hold onto the ball. Make no mistake about it, this game proved that Gerhart is a must-have insurance policy for all Peterson's owners, because he can continue to provide the Vikings with a solid presence at RB when Peterson goes down.
Week 13 vs. BUF
Rushing: 12 / 54 / 0
Receiving: 1 / -2 / 0 on 2 targets
Toby Gerhart did a nice complementary job for the Vikings as Peterson did not play as many snaps as normal. Gerhart found little running room early but broke off a couple of nice runs due to his patience and footwork at the line of scrimmage. On a 13 yard run, Gerhart showed his power and pace as he broke tackles and juked a man out of his shoes.
Week 14 vs. NYG
Rushing: 3 / 11 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 1 / 0 on 2 targets
Gerhart came in for Adrian Peterson to give him a break. Unfortunately, Gerhart didn't fare much better against the stingy Giant defense. His best carry was just a five yard plunge up the gut.
Week 15 vs. CHI
Rushing: 16 / 77 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 18 / 0 on 4 targets
Adrian Peterson never looked so good. Gerhart was running right into the belly of the line most of the night. He does not find cutback lanes very well and his box score does not look too hideous but he offered no spark in this offense. Chicago is a pretty good run stopping team to begin with but Gerhart seemed to be an "A" gap only runner early on in the game. Whatever he did late has little weight because the game was well out of hand.
Week 16 vs. PHI
Rushing: 1 / 6 / 0
Toby Gerhart had just one carry for six yards in Week 16. He was hardly used against the Eagles all night.
Week 17 vs. DET
Rushing: 3 / 12 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 6 / 0 on 1 targets
Toby Gerhart came in for only a couple plays to give Adrian Peterson a rest. In the second quarter, Gerhart carried the ball on three consecutive plays for a total of 12 yards. The Vikings used a play action fake to him on the next attempt, but Webb was under pressure and had to throw the ball away. His only other touch came late in the third quarter: a quick screen to him that was quickly stopped for only a six yard gain.