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RB Adrian Peterson - New Orleans Saints

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 18): Peterson is stuck on a team that is going to be playing from behind a lot. He doesn't look done on his touches, but the Saints running game is no place for him to flourish. It's hard to say, but Peterson is droppable.

Week 3: at Carolina Panthers

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FBG says: Bad matchup. The Saints have been mired in negative game script for virtually all of their 2017 season, so we can't draw much usable data from their first two weeks. But the projection outlook isn't good. The team is banged up along the offensive line, missing both starting tackles and pushing reserve guard Senio Kelemete into the lineup in Week 2. Aside from a 28-yard rumble on last week's final snap, neither Mark Ingram nor Adrian Peterson has recorded a run of more than 9 yards. Still, their biggest enemy thus far has been game flow. Neither Ingram nor Peterson is ideally suited for spread-it-out passing-down work, but both can still be effective with a positive game script. Unfortunately, the Saints currently sit as six-point underdogs in Carolina, and neither starting tackle is expected back. Expect another long day as the team tries desperately to get their backs on track. The Panthers are fresh off a dominant Week 2 performance that saw Buffalo's LeSean McCoy manage a pitiful 9 yards on 12 rushes. They're simply dominating the trenches; since the first quarter of Week 1, they've allowed running backs just 28 yards on 22 carries. Linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis remain true forces in pursuit and tackling, and it's safe to expect strong success against the Saints' banged-up line. Simply put, it's hard to picture an avenue by which the Saints are able to create anything gainful on the ground.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at MIN 9 6 18 0 1 0 0 0 0 1.8
2 vs NE 16 8 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.6
3 at CAR PROJ-Dodds * 9 * * 0 * * * *
3 at CAR PROJ-Tremblay * 9 * * 0 * * * *
3 at CAR PROJ-Bloom * 7 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs NE (8 / 26 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

After the clear discord with Sean Peyton last week, Peterson vowed to make the best of the carries he did receive. However, Peterson was unable to get anything going just like the rest of the Saints backfield. Peterson tied Ingram with 8 rushes and aside from Ingram's 28-yard rush to close out the game had almost identical yards per rush line. The biggest knock on Peterson in this offense is that he does not catch the ball out of the backfield. Last week, Peterson drew at least one target but received none in the game against the Patriots. Peterson outpaced rookie Alvin Kamara but that is not going to make the veteran rusher happy over the course of the season.

2017 Week 1 vs MIN (6 / 18 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

This was not the homecoming that Peterson was looking for. The former star running back was only given 6 carries and targeted once in the redzone. Peterson was visibly heated on the sideline and could be seen yelling at head coach Sean Peyton. Peterson downplayed the situation in his interview after the game, but he appears to still be adjusting to his new life as a role player rather than feature back. You could also see Peterson totally baffled as to why they ran a bootleg and targeted him in the passing game from the 2-yard line rather than let him run it. The Saints could not commit to the run all night and the carry distribution was almost identical across all three running backs.


Latest News

Saints | Eight touches for Adrian Peterson (Sun Sep 17, 09:59 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Adrian Peterson carries eight times for just 26 yards in Week 2 against New England.

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Saints | Adrian Peterson has no problem with coach (Sun Sep 17, 10:09 AM) - New Orleans Saints RB Adrian Peterson does not have any problems with head coach Sean Payton and the team has no plans of trading or releasing Peterson, according to sources. The team hopes to run the ball more in Week 2.

Our View: Maybe Peterson gets more use if the Saints get goal-to-go situations inside the five or want to run more in an attempt to keep Tom Brady on the sidelines, but if he gets single-digit snaps again this week, it will be time to drop Peterson next week.
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Saints | Adrian Peterson wants more action (Fri Sep 15, 09:20 AM) - New Orleans Saints RB Adrian Peterson said he 'didn't sign up for nine snaps,' but he said he and head coach Sean Payton are on the same page.

Our View: Peterson could get more red zone work if the Saints get inside the five and Payton might want to use him to sustain drives to keep Tom Brady on the sidelines this week, but the overall outlook for Peterson is not good.
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Saints | Adrian Peterson disappoints in Saints debut (Mon Sep 11, 10:57 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Adrian Peterson played only nine snaps in the club's Week 1 game Monday, Sept. 11, against the Minnesota Vikings, en route to logging just six rushes for 18 yards.

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