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RB Adrian Peterson - Free Agent

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

Saints | 'Door open' for Adrian Peterson in Big Easy (Fri Apr 14, 01:59 PM) - Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) reportedly had a good visit with the New Orleans Saints earlier this week. Although he left without a deal, the door isn't closed on something happening down the line, according to the New Orleans Advocate's Nick Underhill.

Our View: There's no movement on Peterson at this moment, but that could change with the draft right around the corner. Peterson is a two-down banger and would be incredibly dangerous on an offense like the Saints.
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NFL | No Adrian Peterson deal before draft (Thu Apr 13, 01:25 PM) - Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) is not expected to sign with anyone before the NFL draft. Prospective teams will continue to monitor his status, however.

Our View: Peterson will end up as a backup plan for someone. His asking price is too high for his age and likely role on any team. He's a part timer with upside, albiet very little.
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NFL | Adrian Peterson looks explosive (Thu Apr 13, 10:39 AM) - Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) impressed the New England Patriots, appearing fast and explosive in a recent workout. The New Orleans Saints could seek to sign him before the NFL draft if the financials can be worked out.

Our View: There are two big questions here. First, will he play as explosive as he appears (assuming this isn't just his agent blowing smoke)? Second, is his price reasonable. Peterson sees himself as a top running back even at his age. He has wanted money commensurate with that. We aren't sold on him enough to write off on that, but it isn't our money. We'll see how this shakes out shortly.
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Saints | Adrian Peterson meets with NO (Wed Apr 12, 02:01 AM) - Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) met with the New Orleans Saints Tuesday, April 11. Although he did not sign a deal the visit went well, according to's Ian Rapoport, and the two sides will keep in touch.

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Patriots | Adrian Peterson worked out for NE (Sun Apr 9, 07:02 PM) - Updating a previous report, free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) participated in a workout during his visit with the New England Patriots Monday, April 3.

Our View: The Patriots are taking their time with Peterson and with LeGarrette Blount. They've offered a team-friendly deal to Blount as the open market did not materialize the way he wanted after scoring a career high 18 touchdowns in 2016.
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