I have not been on the Toby Gerhart bandwagon very much. My concern has been his upright running style. He has been popped hard in the Vikings camp this year many times. On the field, he has almost nothing to show through two preseason games. A few carries. A low yards per carry average. He can catch the ball, and run a little with it. He has quick feet, but so far hasn't been a game breaker in the NFL. He can't read defenses yet to pick up the blitz. He isn't ready to be the third down back. Albert Young, Ian Johnson, and Darius Reynaud all deserve to be higher on the depth chart than Gerhart right now.
The Vikings may have drafted a player in the second round that just doesn't fit our system well.
We could use a wide receiver or offensive lineman. As a second-round pick, Gerhart wouldn't last on the waiver wire. Thus, he could fetch some value on the trade market.
Time is running out. If Gerhart doesn't play well against the ragtag Seahawks defense this weekend, he might be labeled an early bust, decreasing his trade value. By moving him now, we avoid that risk.
Let's consider trading Gerhart now. Trading him could let us bring Randy Moss back home to the Vikings. The Patriots need younger talent at running back. The Patriots have a different offensive system that Gerthart can exploit better than our offense. Moss would do well in a return stint with the Vikings. This trade can work.
If we can't get Moss, maybe we can get a backup left tackle.