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RB Adrian Peterson - Washington Redskins

6-0, 220Born: 3-21-1985College: OklahomaDrafted: Round 1, pick 2007

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General News (Wed Dec 12): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 15: at Jacksonville Jaguars

All RB vs JAX

FBG says: Neutral matchup. Adrian Peterson has been a remarkable reclamation story, sitting eighth in the NFL in rushing yards at age 33. But over the last 6 weeks, as injuries and game scripts have piled up against him, he's managed just 48 ground yards per game. In fact, aside from his 90-yard dash against the Eagles, he's produced an anemic 2.5 per carry over that span. Peterson has retained an impressive amount of his speed and skill, but definitely needs his line to give him solid creases to explode through. With so much of it (both starting guards) on the shelf - and the Washington offense at a standstill without Alex Smith - he's struggling to create much of anything on his own. The only week-to-week hope for this attack is that Peterson or Chris Thompson breaks off a long run, which is always possible but never wise to project. After a shaky midseason stretch, the Jacksonville run defense seemed to have turned a corner, shutting down James Conner, LeSean McCoy, and Marlon Mack (twice) over Weeks 10-13. But it came apart at the seams last Thursday, letting Derrick Henry rack up an astounding 238 yards and 4 touchdowns on just 17 rushes. Even without considering Henry's 99-yard touchdown, he still would've posted 8.7 yards a carry. But that run did happen, and it showcased one of the worst bits of open-field tackling the league has seen all year. Several Jaguars flailed badly while pursuing Henry down the field, putting their season-long tackling woes on full display. The Jacksonville line remains stout and often dominant, but when quick-footed runners do find the second level, they're producing plenty of chunk gains. Running quarterbacks are getting in on the fun, as well. Marcus Mariota (51 yards), Dak Prescott (82 and 1 touchdown), and Josh Allen (99 and 1) have all put up big games on the ground in this matchup.

Recent Stats and Projections

11 vs HOU 42 16 51 2 0 0 0 0 0 16.1
12 at DAL 27 12 35 0 2 2 9 0 0 4.4
13 at PHI 16 9 98 1 0 0 0 0 0 15.8
14 vs NYG 19 10 16 0 1 1 3 0 0 1.9
15 at JAX PROJ-Dodds * 15 * * 1 * * * *
15 at JAX PROJ-Tremblay * 14 * * 0 * * * *
15 at JAX PROJ-Bloom * 14 * * 1 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Adrian Peterson's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 14 vs NYG (10 / 16 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Adrian Peterson was a nonfactor in this game as Washington was down by thirty points in the first half. Washington inability to establish the run game due to the large deficit left Adrian without much of a role to remain a contributor. The offense was also a disaster with Mark Sanchez at the helm which didn't do Adrian any favors as well. He received ten carries but was held in check on less that two yards per carry.

2018 Week 13 vs PHI (9 / 98 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Adrian Peterson had a ninety yard touchdown in the second quarter. However, he ended the game with ninety-eight yards. The Washington offensive line was further decimated by injuries as they are now down to third string guards. In addition to the offensive line injuries the offense went completely off the rails with Mark Sanchez at quarterback.

2018 Week 12 vs DAL (12 / 35 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

Adrian Peterson came into this game with a shoulder injury and never really got going. He was also dinged up in this game but eventually came back to play. Adrian totaled twelve carries and sat for majority of the fourth quarter as Washington was in comeback mode. Injuries and inconsistency along the offensive line led to him averaging a meager three yards per carry. Washington's 'run first' offense has cooled off tremendously and it directly effects Adrian's production as well.

2018 Week 11 vs HOU (16 / 51 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Adrian Peterson was the main source of offense for Washington versus the Texans. He only had fifty-one yards rushing but the two touchdowns are what count most. Adrian's vision and decisiveness at the line of scrimmage continues to be impressive for the Washington offense. He was able to make an explosive jump cut on his second touchdown showing off great improvising. The offensive line has plenty of injuries so Adrian's instincts as a runner are dearly needed. It was a rough day finding daylight but his redzone prowess was on full display.

2018 Week 10 vs TB (19 / 68 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 1 / 0 rec)

Adrian Peterson had virtually no running run versus Tampa Bay. He came into this game fighting an uphill battle as three of his starting offensive linemen were out. Tampa has a soft front defensive line but Washington wasn't able to take advantage. Adrian was given nineteen carries to go along with two receptions. However, as he thrives on big volume he wasn't able to convert his touches into big yardage. Adrian did manage to get one carry in the redzone but couldn't punch it into the endzone. The offense was completely out of sync with so many backups playing and ultimately effected Adrian as well.

2018 Week 9 vs ATL (9 / 17 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)

Adrian Peterson had a dismal day as he was completely held in check. He didn't even get ten carries in this game as the running game was neutralized. It was surprising to see Washington unsuccessful establishing the run game. The Falcons have been vulnerable to the run all year as they're missing several key starters upfront. The game script was relatively favorable to Adrian as Washington wasn't out of this game until the second half. He also hauled in three catches for a total of sixteen yards. Having three starting offensive linemen leave this game was also problematic to gaining rhythm in the ground game.

2018 Week 8 vs NYG (26 / 149 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 1 rec)

Adrian Peterson enjoyed another friendly game script which allowed him to absorb a high volume of carries. The passing game was abysmal so Washington went run heavy as the game wore on. Adrian seemed to get stronger as the game went along showing the power and burst as he finished runs. He accounted for both touchdowns for the Washington offense in this game. His five yard touchdown pass in the first quarter got the offense off to a good start. Then in the fourth quarter he closed the game out with a sixty yard touchdown run. Averaging over five yards a carry in this game, Adrian was the lone bright spot on offense. Without his contributions the offense had no real production.

2018 Week 7 vs DAL (24 / 99 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Adrian Peterson was the most productive member of Washington's offense in this game. Running the ball seemed to be their best option as Adrian was a yard shy of topping one hundred for the day. As the game remained close it kept him involved and he was given twenty-four carries. He often showed power and explosion as he ran hard for 4 yard average. It was an impressive day for Adrian as the lone bright spot for Washington's offense. As long Washington isn't in 'catch up mode' the Redskins can establish a healthy dose of AP.

2018 Week 6 vs CAR (17 / 97 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Adrian Peterson ran hard and had positive gains the majority of this game. Because of favorable game script, Adrian was able to absorb seventeen carries. He also averaged 5.7 yards per carry which shows just how productive he was when his name was called. It was an impressive performance considering Adrian was playing with a injured shoulder. Adrian couldn't convert on a couple of carries inside the red zone or else he could have had an even bigger day. As long as the game is close Washington can use Adrian's running prowess so today he was busy. Washington's offense had issues staying on the field so Adrian's carries didn't reach 20+. He has a couple of carries that went over ten yards that showed he is still explosive when allowed to catch a rhythm.

2018 Week 5 vs NO (4 / 6 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 36 / 0 rec)

Adrian Peterson had more yards receiving than rushing which is very rare. He only carried the ball four times and got injured in this game. The game script of being down double digits and a separated shoulder contributed to Adrian having a quiet night. He had a total of 6 touches before ultimately sitting out much of the second half. The running lanes were nonexistent but playing from behind most of the game didn't help getting in a groove running the ball.

2018 Week 3 vs GB (19 / 120 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Adrian Peterson quickly bounced back from last week's abysmal performance. He tallied nineteen carries for one hundred and twenty yards. The most impressive part of his performance was the 6.3 yards per carry average. The offensive line controlled the point of attach which allowed Adrian to get downhill consistently for positive gains. The decisiveness in his runs today was evident as he had 4 carries go over 12 yards. Most notably a 30+ yard gain in the first half. Adrian looked fresh and dominant in this game as the weather conditions called for a successful run game. As the offense was often on schedule today, it allowed for a much more effective Adrian Peterson. It is clear that he can still carry the load as a bellcow running back.

2018 Week 2 vs IND (11 / 20 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)

Adrian Peterson was held in check versus the Colts as he only had a total of twenty yards rushing. He also chipped in thirty yards receiving but found it tough to find open running lanes for this game. The offensive line struggled to control the line of scrimmage, so the cutback lanes were shut down. Adrian is more of a volume driven runner as well so the inability to sustain drives also contributed to his lackluster day. Adrian's longest carry went for fourteen yards as they got the 3rd quarter started but he often got stuffed for short gains.

2018 Week 1 vs ARI (26 / 96 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 70 / 0 rec)

Adrian Peterson received a massive workload in his Redskins debut. He totaled twenty-eight touches with all but two coming from handoffs. It was clear that Adrian still has a little juice left as a runner by his display of jump cuts along with short area acceleration. His vision is still there as well with several instances shows of him finding cut back lanes. Adrian longest carry of the game went for seventeen yards and it should be noted his yards per carry were below four yards. The 2nd half of this game he didn't have as many running lanes and often got stuffed. One of Adrian's two receptions was a screen pass that went for fifty-two yards. Washington is willing to use Adrian in the passing game as well which shows they are all in on him being the bell-cow back. He scored the first touchdown of the day from the goal line and was the preferred back in the redzone. It will be interesting to see how fresh he stays throughout the year with such a large workload. Today may have had much to do with game script as Washington was in control majority of this game.


Latest News

Redskins | Adrian Peterson limited (Wed Dec 12, 04:54 PM) - Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson (shoulder) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Our View: Things could be tough for Washington on the road against the Jaguars in Week 15. Peterson is a RB3 or deep flex play for Fantasy GMs this week.
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Redskins | Adrian Peterson shut down in loss (Sun Dec 9, 08:20 PM) - Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson rushed 10 times for 16 yards and caught one pass for three yards in a 40-16 loss to the New York Giants in Week 14.

Our View: The Washington offense is flatlining heading into a matchup with Jacksonville. It is impossible to want to rely on any part of this offense in that matchup, including Peterson.
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Redskins | Adrian Peterson good to go in Week 14 (Fri Dec 7, 05:49 PM) - Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson (shoulder) practiced in full on Friday, Dec. 7 and he is off the injury report ahead of the Week 14 game against the New York Giants.

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Redskins | Week 14 injury report for Washington (Fri Dec 7, 05:21 PM) - Washington Redskins LB Ryan Anderson (hamstring), C Tony Bergstrom (knee, ankle), DL Matt Ioannidis (shin) and QB Colt McCoy (fibula) did not practice Friday, Dec. 7. Anderson and Bergstrom are listed as out, while Ioannidis is listed as questionable for the Week 14 game against the New York Giants. C Chase Roullier (knee) is also considered questionable after a limited practice, and LB Zach Brown (illness) is questionable despite going full. RB Kapri Bibbs (shoulder), C Luke Bowanko (wrist), WR Jamison Crowder (ankle), CB Fabian Moreau (knee), OT Morgan Moses (knee), S Montae Nicholson (illness), CB Josh Norman (hamstring), RB Adrian Peterson (shoulder) and OT Trent Williams (thumb, wrist) practiced in full and are off the injury report.

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Redskins | Adrian Peterson listed as limited (Thu Dec 6, 07:44 PM) - Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson (shoulder) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 6.

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