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RB Adrian Peterson - Minnesota Vikings

6-0, 220Born: 3-21-1985College: OklahomaDrafted: Round 1, pick 7

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2016 Week 15 vs IND (6 / 22 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Before the injury, Peterson looked terrible. Well, he came back and picked right up where he left off, struggling on the handful of carries he had before the Colts ran away and hid. Once Indianapolis blew the doors off the game, the Vikings mostly had Peterson on the sidelines so Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata could fill in. The result was Peterson on the field for just 12 snaps. "Unfortunately the game did not lay out the way we expected, so for me being in there it changed a little bit" Peterson said post-game (per a transcript provided by the Vikings PR department). "We had to drop back and start passing the ball a lot more. For me being out for a sufficient amount of time, it was obviously best for Jerick [McKinnon] and Matt [Asiata] to continue with the hurry up offense." Peterson also had a drive-killing fumble later in the game when the team was closing in on a potential score. "I remember pushing with my left arm, and as I went down the ball got loose. I don't know if someone hit it out, but it was a poor job by me with ball security." Peterson has had ball security issues in the past, and hopefully this was more rust than the beginning of a trend. That said, he doesn't appear to be able to create anything more than the rest of the backfield behind this offensive line.

2016 Week 2 vs GB (12 / 19 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

Peterson had an awful game even before he was forced from it with a right knee injury in the third quarter. A Monday morning MRI revealed a torn meniscus, which one would imagine will keep Peterson out at least a week. That said, head coach Mike Zimmer wouldn't shut him down yet. As hard as it is to imagine him playing, Peterson is a physical freak. The question is, then, will he do more harm than good? Because as far as football goes, Peterson has not been effective. The offensive line is not opening holes for him and unlike in years past, Peterson has not been able to overcome that. He was struggling again on Sunday against a tough Green Bay defensive line. Even if he is healthy, he has underwhelmed so far.

2016 Week 1 vs TEN (19 / 31 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

With Shaun Hill under center, the Tennessee Titans decided to stack the box and focus on Adrian Peterson. It started out badly with 20 yards in the first half and then went downhill from there. Along with the constant pressure in the box, the offensive line continued to struggle to open up running lanes for Peterson and he was swarmed on nearly every carry. After a while, Peterson seemed to start overthinking the plays and was slower to the hole than he normally is. He knew the lanes were closing swiftly and seemed to be stuck trying to think too far ahead as to what he would do when that occurred. With Sam Bradford under center next week--which it would be surprising if he wasn't--Peterson should see less stacked boxes but he needs to run with confidence and authority like we know he can.


Latest News

Giants | Adrian Peterson interested in Giants (Thu Jan 19, 12:37 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he would be interested in the New York Giants if he becomes available this offseason.

Our View: So he wants to go from a team with a garbage offensive line to a team with a slightly less garbage offensive line? Peterson doesn't seem to have much left in the tank, but we might be interested in the right situation. This isn't it. The Giants need running back help, but they need an offensive line as well.
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Buccaneers | Tampa Bay an option for Adrian Peterson? (Thu Jan 19, 12:31 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he would be interested in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers if he becomes available this offseason.

Our View: Where's the upside for the Bucs here? Maybe Doug Martin isn't the answer anymore, or maybe Peterson won't be more than a backup. But we've seen him behind sketchy offensive lines and Peterson doesn't seem to have much in the tank anymore.
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Texans | Adrian Peterson interested in Houston (Thu Jan 19, 12:24 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he would be interested in the Houston Texans if he becomes available this season.

Our View: It's time for the Vikings and Peterson to part ways, but Houston—while close to home—would not benefit from an aging Peterson. Lamar Miller did well this year, so adding Peterson does nothing for this team, who needs a quarterback, not a running back.
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Vikings | Adrian Peterson had significant tear (Tue Jan 10, 10:48 AM) - Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) said he tore 90 percent of the meniscus in his right knee earlier in the season. He returned in 12 weeks after a full repair.

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