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RB Adrian Peterson - Arizona Cardinals

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): Peterson has been under 50 total yards in three of the last four games. He's only desperation depth despite being a starting running back.

Week 12: vs Jacksonville Jaguars

All RB vs JAX

FBG says: Bad matchup. The Cardinals ground game struggled for the second straight week as Adrian Peterson only managed 26 rushing yards on 14 attempts against the Texans last week. Peterson continues to see the majority of carries, but he has been completely ineffective in the last two weeks since his 159-yard explosion in Week 9 against the 49ers. Over his last two games, Peterson has just 55 rushing yards on 35 carries--good for less than two yards per attempt. The Cardinals did lose their left tackle D.J. Humphries around the time that Peterson's ineffectiveness began against Seattle in Week 10. Humphries was a big part of that offensive line, but they are healthy outside of him and should be playing better than this. Things will not get better for the Cardinals this week as they face the league's top defense--the Jaguars. Jacksonville has been extremely impressive in all facets of the game this season. While they got off to a slow start against the run, this run defense is definitely trending in the right direction in recent weeks. Since the signing of Marcel Dareus in Week 9, who is not yet even starting for the Jaguars, they have allowed only 42 rushing yards per game and one rushing touchdown to opposing running backs over that three-game span. Linebacker Telvin Smith has been elite in run defense, and this entire secondary has stepped up to help out when needed most. The Cardinals offense should be in for a very tough week.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 at SF 59 37 159 0 4 2 8 0 1 15.7
10 vs SEA 36 21 29 0 2 1 13 0 1 3.2
11 at HOU 37 14 26 0 1 1 13 0 0 3.9
12 vs JAX PROJ-Dodds * 20 * * 1 * * * *
12 vs JAX PROJ-Tremblay * 20 * * 2 * * * *
12 vs JAX PROJ-Bloom * 13 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs HOU (14 / 26 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Peterson's box score statistics, dismal as they already appear, somehow seem worse with just a bit of context. Peterson's first two carries, both on the team's first drive, netted him 13 yards. It then took an additional 12 carries for him to gain that much again. Putting the onus on Peterson alone would obviously be unfair. The team's run blocking was less than stellar to put it kindly, abysmal to put it truthfully. At his age, Peterson is beyond the point of being able to overcome bad blocking, and Sunday was as good an indication of that as any.

2017 Week 10 vs SEA (21 / 29 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Peterson fumbled away the team's opening possession and that set the ton for the offense all night. Coming off a career high 37 carries, there was not as much indication Peterson was worn out as the offensive line simply could not open any holes. Peterson's paltry 1.4 yards per carry shows just how little room the running back had. Peterson later failed to escape the end zone, a play resulting in a safety, but much of the blame there can be directed towards the punt team who opted to filed a punt at the two-yard line.

2017 Week 9 vs SF (37 / 159 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)

Arians lamented moving away from the run too early against the Rams, and with the injury to Carson Palmer, he sure sought to reverse course. Peterson was the bell-cow he had been so many times throughout his career, with nearly 40 carries and 160 yards. Whether the workload Sunday proves detrimental with such a quick turnaround for a Thursday night game remains to be seen, but it proved necessary in securing Sunday's victory. Peterson lacks some of the breakaway speed he once had, and could not find the end zone on Sunday, but his addition to the team has dramatically improved the run game in the absence of David Johnson.

2017 Week 7 vs LAR (11 / 21 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

After an incredible debut last week against Tampa Bay, Peterson looked like another struggling Cardinals running back this week. The offensive line was overwhelmed most of the day and that clearly affected Peterson's performance. So too did the score, with the Cardinals trailing early and throughout, forcing an emphasis on the passing game. The Rams boast one of the better defensive lines in the NFL, so Peterson's matchups will likely improve going forward, but the loss of Palmer will all defenses to key in on the running game more than they had.

2017 Week 6 vs TB (26 / 134 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The trade that finally brought Adrian Peterson to the Cardinals has unearthed an array of emotions from fans. Many saw it as an act of desperation, nearly everyone re-lived one of the worst draft-day decisions in franchise history, but some believed it could be the spark that ignited a struggling team. After Sunday's explosive performance, the move looks significantly less desperate and every bit the jolt this offense needed. Peterson ran in vintage form, blending the power, grace, and speed few other running backs have ever possessed, providing the Cardinals run game with both a sense of stability and also big-play ability. Peterson picked up 54 yards on his first drive alone, capping it off with a 23-yard touchdown that sent an already excited crowd through the roof. Peterson did not see the field much on third downs, a function of both his sub-par ability in the passing game (as both a receiver and a blocker,) and his incomplete understanding of the playbook. The former will likely keep his role from growing substantially, but an improvement on the latter will help provide more flexibility within his touches. Regardless of what comes next for Peterson and the Cardinals, the trade appears to be a successful one out of the gates and allowed Cardinals fans a wistful walk down the road of 'what could have been.'

2017 Week 4 vs MIA (4 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Another week and another poor performance from Adrian Peterson. The Saints gave Peterson 4 carries on the day and the former Viking was unable to do anything with them. There was talk of Peterson having tweaked his knee during practice this week as he even sat out Thursday. However, Peterson said he was 'good to go' this week and it would not play into his performance. Peterson looks to be the odd man out in the backfield as Alvin Kamara has been more productive in every aspect of the game. Peterson does not fit the Saints system and New Orleans seems unwilling to alter what they are doing offensively to better utilize the back. Peterson's only value seems to be in short goal to go situations at this point and the Saints are not even using him there.

2017 Week 3 vs CAR (9 / 33 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)

Despite the Saints showing more of a commitment to the run this week, Peterson did not play a big role in that today. The veteran running back was given 9 carries but was unable to do very much with them. The best thing that Peterson did was serve as a decoy on the play action touchdown pass to Brandon Coleman in the red zone. Another interesting thing to note is Peterson caught both of his targets out of the backfield today. This shows the Saints are more willing to try and use him within their own offensive scheme rather than change their overall game plan to meet his style. Peterson has remained quiet after his tumultuous first game and outburst with his head coach but the former star running back is clearly unhappy with his usage in New Orleans.

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

Cardinals | Adrian Peterson stacked up in loss (Sun Nov 19, 09:04 PM) - Arizona Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson rushed 14 times for 26 yards in Week 11 against the Houston Texans and he had just one catch for 13 yards.

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Cardinals | Adrian Peterson joins dubious list (Sat Nov 11, 10:31 PM) - Arizona Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson became the seventh player in NFL history to gain less than 30 rushing yards while carrying the ball 20 or more times when he rushed for 29 yards on 21 carries against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 10.

Our View: Peterson is at least a volume Flex play or RB2 against Houston next week in a game that Arizona should be able to stay in for the entire game, but his downside is clear against good defenses when he is playing from behind, and David Johnson could be back in a few weeks, so Peterson's suitability as a contributor in the fantasy playoffs is questionable.
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