According to Jeremy Fowler of the pioneer press:
Hilliard, who wasn't tendered by the Dolphins as a restricted free agent, had 41 rushing yards and a touchdown on 16 carries last season. The Vikings signed the 5-foot-11, 240-pound Hilliard primarily for his blocking but consider him a capable runner as well.
Hilliard will have a chance to earn the No. 3 job behind Peterson, who is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, and Gerhart, who suffered a torn medial collateral ligament in the season finale against Chicago. The Vikings did not place a tender on restricted free agent running back Lorenzo Booker, who is unlikely to return.
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