Jerome Felton expects to be blocking next season for Adrian Peterson. As for Toby Gerhart, probably not.

Gerhart has been playing behind star running back Peterson in Minnesota for four years. But Felton won't be surprised to see Gerhart carrying the ball somewhere else next season.

"There's a good chance he will be (one) pretty soon,'' Felton, the Vikings' fullback, said about Gerhart being a starting back with another team. "He's obviously had a lot of success when he's got an opportunity here, so I assume that will continue on forward. I know he's going to be a free agent after this year, and I'm sure there's going to be a lot of teams trying to get him.''

So Gerhart, 26, could be heading into his final five games with the Vikings. While he doesn't want to get ahead of himself, he does admit "it'd be nice'' to be a feature back.

"I hope so,'' Gerhart said about making a continued impression on free-agent suitors the remainder of the season. "That's what you hope for, and trying to play hard and put things on tape and assess your resume and see what happens.''

Over the past two games, Gerhart has carried 15 times for 158 yards for a staggering average of 10.5 per carry. That came after he had carried just four times in the season's first nine games.

Gerhart's seven carries for 67 yards in Minnesota's 41-20 loss at Seattle on Nov. 17 mostly came after the game had been decided. But that wasn't the case with the 91 yards on eight carries Gerhart gained in a 26-26 tie last Sunday at Green Bay.

In the overtime, Gerhart carried four times for 33 yards. It's no wonder Gerhart has plenty of confidence that he can be a showcase guy.