When the Minnesota Vikings lost running back Cam Akers for the season, there were some questions about what the team would do to supplement Alexander Mattison. In speaking to the media on Tuesday, offensive coordinator Wes Phillips had a very simple answer.
“You’ll see more Ty Chandler.”
The Vikings fifth-round pick from 2022 has played sparingly this season. Before the acquisition of Akers, Chandler was rotating in for a series here or there. Chandler is also the only running back on the roster who averages more than four yards per carry (5.2).
His skillset is based mostly in burst and speed. Listed at 5011 and 204 lbs, Chandler has enough size and power to break tackles but is at his best bursting through the hole and running past defenders.
Chandler is also good in terms of pass-blocking and catching the ball out of the backfield. His biggest issue is consistency, which ahs kept him off the field.
Moving forward, Chandler has an opportunity to make a difference for both the team and his future.