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Adrian Peterson | Running Back | #28

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (31) / 3/21/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 220
College: Oklahoma
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (7) / MIN
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Adrian Peterson will sit out the Vikings' final two preseason games.
Peterson hasn't notched a preseason carry since his 2011 knee injury. With the Vikings looking to get him the rock 20 times per game in his age-31 campaign, Peterson remains an elite RB1. Aug 25 - 4:41 PM

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Adrian Peterson said he is not sure if he will play in the preseason.

"We'll see," Peterson said. "I'm waiting to see." Peterson does not usually get any work in the preseason, but he said in May he wanted to see some carries this year. Ultimately it is up to coach Mike Zimmer. Jerick McKinnon started the first two preseason games.
Aug 19 - 9:18 PM

Vikings OC Norv Turner wants to get Adrian Peterson 20 carries per game this season.

That's what Peterson averaged last season. It shouldn't be surprising, but serves as a reminder that the Vikings have no plans to back off their workhorse runner in his age-31 campaign. Peterson remains a top-five option at running back.
Aug 16 - 3:30 PM

Adrian Peterson (hamstring) is expected to return to practice Wednesday.

Peterson only missed a handful of days with a "slight" hamstring strain. This is the time of year to be cautious with soft-tissue injuries, as we've seen at least one pop up seemingly each day since camps opened last week. Peterson is fine and has said he wants to play in preseason games this year.
Aug 3 - 12:45 PM

Adrian Peterson has been held back at training camp with a "slight" hamstring strain.

It doesn't sound serious at all, but is worth noting nonetheless, especially with Peterson now on the wrong side of 30. (He turned 31 back in March.) The Vikings are in all likelihood just being cautious and giving All Day some rest time. He's unlikely to play much in the preseason anyway, leaving plenty of reps for Matt Asiata and speedy youngster Jerick McKinnon out of the backfield.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 1 - 8:38 PM

The St. Paul Pioneer Press' Charley Walters believes this season "probably will be the last in Minnesota" for Adrian Peterson.

Walters cites Peterson's rising wages -- he is owed a $6 million roster bonus along with an $11.75 million base salary in 2017 -- as the main reason he will be shown the door. It is unlikely the Vikings pay Peterson that much money in his age-32 season, but that is not the only option. The Vikings could offer Peterson an extension which gives him some security down the line in exchange for a lower salary next year, and he will likely be willing to negotiate knowing he will not get close to $18 million on the open market. Still, it is not a given Peterson returns to Minnesota next season, making Jerick McKinnon a great hold in Dynasty formats.
Jul 26 - 8:30 AM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Matt Vensel believes the Vikings want to run "a more shotgun-centric offense this season."

That type of offense is a better fit for Teddy Bridgewater, but Adrian Peterson struggled to run successfully out of the formation early last season, leading to more under-center plays as the year went along. For the Vikings to utilize the shotgun more often, Peterson needs to improve on the 37-59-1 (1.6 YPC) line he produced from the formation last season. Considering he has averaged just 3.8 yards per carry from the shotgun throughout his career, it is tough to see him suddenly figuring it out.
Jul 21 - 9:57 AM

Adrian Peterson is participating in intense physical training at Houston's O Athletik facility with an eventual goal of "churn(ing) out 1,000-yard seasons into his mid-30s."

The workouts are described much better in the article linked below, but Peterson compared himself to Floyd Mayweather "beating up on young guys ... taking them to class" in Mayweather's late 30s. O Athletik trainer James Cooper says the "benchmark" for Peterson is ten 40-yard dashes with 30 seconds rest in between, the slowest of which "should be no worse than 4.49 to 4.55 seconds." It suggests Peterson is still running nearly as fast as he did coming out of Oklahoma in 2007, when Peterson clocked a 4.41 forty-yard dash.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 12 - 7:39 PM

Adrian Peterson believes it will be the mental side of the game that causes him to retire, not the physical.

Peterson is 6,681 yards shy of Emmitt Smith's all-time rushing record. One of the best athletes of his generation, Peterson is confident his body will hold up. He's less confident he'll be able to stick with the grind. "Training camp, going through the grind, OTAs and all that — that will definitely be the deciding factor. Physically, body-wise, I'll be good. It's just mentally — like with OTAs, I'm out there practicing, I'm going, I'm putting in work. But it's so repetitive that it's more suited toward the young guys and getting them into the system. It gets kind of boring." Despite Peterson's words, it would be surprising if he didn't play at least 2-3 more years.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 21 - 7:59 PM

ESPN's Ben Goessling believes the Vikings will try to get Adrian Peterson more involved in the passing game.

Peterson said he wanted to work on being a better receiver this offseason after posting a 30-222-0 line through the air last season. Already a lock for 300 carries if he stays healthy, more work in the passing game could get Peterson close to the 400 touch mark. It is tough to see a 31-year-old back standing up to that kind of workload, but Peterson is not a normal 31-year-old back.
Source: ESPN
May 31 - 1:46 PM

Adrian Peterson said he wants to get in some work during the preseason.

"I feel like getting out there," Peterson said. "It's something that once that time comes around, I'll have a better feel for. I can tell you, though, I'm definitely more itching towards playing." Peterson hasn’t appeared in a preseason game since 2013, and doesn’t have a carry in any of the last four preseasons. With new starters on the offensive line, the Vikings could look to get him reps this year.
May 7 - 8:27 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he does not believe the team needs to reduce Adrian Peterson's workload.

Peterson led the league with 327 carries last season, which was 39 carries more than Doug Martin in second place. A normal 30-year-old back would be expected to break down after such a big workload, but Peterson has proven many times in his career he is not a normal back. Even at 31, Peterson has as good a chance as anyone to eclipse 300 carries next season.
Source: ESPN
Feb 25 - 10:44 AM

Adrian Peterson rushed 23 times for 45 yards in the Vikings' Wild Card loss to the Seahawks, adding two catches for 13 additional yards.

Peterson was completely bottled up, but worse, he committed a devastating fourth quarter fumble that led directly to what would prove to be the game-winning score. Coming nowhere close to securing the football near his own 27-yard line, AD let it get hammered out by Kam Chancellor. It was a bitter, brutal ending to an otherwise stellar year for the soon-to-be 31-year-old back. Peterson led the league in rushing (1,485), and averaged 4.54 yards per carry. The rushing crown was the third of his nine-year career. Peterson is an inveterate fumbler who offers nothing on passing downs, but he'll quite likely remain the centerpiece of the Vikings' offense for 2016. He'll be a high-end RB1 in fantasy.
Jan 10 - 4:27 PM

Vikings OC Norv Turner said the expected extreme weather in Minnesota will not affect his gameplan for Sunday's Wild Card game against the Seahawks.

Sunday's forecast is for a high of five degrees and a low of minus-four. Teams would traditionally lean on the ground game more in those conditions, but Minnesota already relies heavily on Adrian Peterson as it is. With Marshawn Lynch now out, Peterson is a good bet to lead the slate in carries this week. He is worth a GPP shot despite the tough matchup.
Jan 9 - 1:10 PM

Adrian Peterson (back) is listed as probable for the Wild Card Round.

Peterson returned to practice Friday after missing Wednesday and Thursday's sessions, and he should be near or at full steam for Sunday's meeting with Seattle. A.D. managed 18 yards on eight carries when these teams met in Week 13.
Jan 8 - 3:27 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Teddy Bridgewater
2Shaun Hill
3Brad Sorensen
4Taylor Heinicke
5Joel Stave
RB1Adrian Peterson
2Jerick McKinnon
3Matt Asiata
4Jhurell Pressley
5C.J. Ham
GLB1Adrian Peterson
2Matt Asiata
3RB1Adrian Peterson
2Jerick McKinnon
FB1Zach Line
2Blake Renaud
WR11Stefon Diggs
2Jarius Wright
3Adam Thielen
4Terrell Sinkfield
5Isaac Fruechte
WR21Charles Johnson
2Laquon Treadwell
3Cordarrelle Patterson
4Moritz Bohringer
5Marken Michel
WR31Jarius Wright
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2MyCole Pruitt
3Rhett Ellison
4David Morgan
5Brian Leonhardt
LT1Matt Kalil
2T.J. Clemmings
3Carter Bykowski
LG1Alex Boone
2Jeremiah Sirles
3Austin Shepherd
C1John Sullivan
2Joe Berger
3Nick Easton
RG1Brandon Fusco
2Mike Harris
3Zac Kerin
RT1Andre Smith
2Willie Beavers
K1Blair Walsh