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Adrian Peterson | Running Back | #23

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 3/21/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 220
College: Oklahoma
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (7) / MIN
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Adrian Peterson rushed 14 times for 26 yards and caught his only target for 13 yards in the Cardinals' Week 11 loss to the Texans.
Pederson opened the game with 13 yards on his first two carries, but he had nowhere to go after that, routinely getting hit deep in the backfield. He was also stuffed on a pivotal fourth-and-one in the fourth quarter which all but ended the game. After going for 159 yards against the 49ers, Peterson has had nowhere to go the last two games, and things are not going to get any better next week against the Jaguars. He will be just a volume-based RB3/FLEX in that matchup. Nov 19 - 4:36 PM

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Adrian Peterson rushed 21 times for 29 yards in the Cardinals' Week 10 loss to the Seahawks.

Peterson added one reception for 13 yards. Running into brick walls from the opening whistle, things only got worse after the Cardinals lost LT D.J. Humphries early in the first quarter. At one point he took a safety (on an awful play call). Per Arizona radio man Vince Marotta, Peterson became just the 18th player in league history to have more than 20 carries but fewer than 30 rushing yards. It's a line reminiscent of Peterson's (brief) last days in Minnesota in 2016. As a Cardinal, Peterson has rocked two good matchups and gotten rocked in two bad ones. The Texans are on tap for Week 11.
Nov 10 - 12:00 AM

Adrian Peterson's 37 carries in Sunday's win over the 49ers were a record for a running back age 30 or older.

The previous record of 36 was set by 32-year-old Jerome Bettis in 2004. Despite Peterson's monstrous Week 9 workload, coach Bruce Arians has no plans to limit his touches for Thursday's short-week matchup with the Seahawks. It's a much tougher matchup than Peterson had on Sunday, but he'll remain in the RB1 mix.
Nov 7 - 2:50 PM

Adrian Peterson rushed 37 times for 159 yards and caught 2-of-4 targets for eight yards in the Cardinals' Week 9 win over the 49ers.

37 carries is a career-high for Peterson. He was somewhat bottled up early in this game, but he exploded for an 18-yard run and a 16-yard run early in the second quarter to help get the offense moving and finished the first half with 79 yards on 17 carries. He kept it going after the break, consistently grinding out positive yards and keeping the offense on schedule. Peterson was even involved in the passing game, catching two passes and seeing a target split out wide. If this offense is going to survive without Carson Palmer, it will be on the back of Peterson, and the coaching staff seems to know it. He will be a solid RB1 even against the Seahawks on Thursday night.
Nov 5 - 7:30 PM

Cardinals OC Harold Goodwin said the plan is to "feed the beast" using Adrian Peterson on the ground Week 9 against the 49ers.

"It’s like an old stove," Goodwin said. "The more wood you put in it, the hotter it gets. We’ve just got to make sure we feed him the ball so he can get comfortable." Peterson replied, "I'm all about that." With Carson Palmer (arm) out for at least a month, the Cardinals will almost certainly rely on Peterson and the run game to minimize Drew Stanton's effect on the game. Against San Fran, it should be doable since the Niners aren't capable of blowing Arizona out. Peterson should be considered a lock for 20-plus carries Sunday as a high-end RB2.
Nov 3 - 10:55 AM

Adrian Peterson rushed 11 times for just 21 yards in the Cardinals' Week 7 loss to the Rams.

He was targeted four times in the pass game, catching just one for 12 yards and dropping a pair. Peterson had a monster debut with the Cardinals in Week 6, but he crashed all the way back to Earth in this one, especially with the Cardinals falling in a deep hole and losing 33-0. Now with Carson Palmer (arm) out for eight weeks, the Cardinals will try to lean on Peterson on the ground. But with Drew Stanton under center, defenses are going to jam up the running lanes.
Oct 22 - 4:52 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he "would love" if Adrian Peterson saw 25 carries per game.

He added they could get Peterson involved in the passing game now that he has more of the playbook down, something they may need with Andre Ellington unlikely to play against the Rams. Peterson is a must-start this week in a great matchup.
Oct 22 - 10:58 AM

Adrian Peterson played 48 snaps in Sunday's win over the Buccaneers.

That's more snaps than Peterson played during his entire four-game stint with New Orleans (44 snaps). Desperate for a workhorse with David Johnson (wrist) on the shelf, Arizona handed the reigns to Peterson, who came through with 134 yards and two touchdowns on a season-high 26 carries in his Cardinals debut. Sunday marked Peterson's first 100-yard rushing game since Week 16 of 2015. The 32-year-old said he still has plenty left in the tank and on Sunday, he proved to be a man of his word. If Peterson was dropped in your league, make sure to scoop him up ahead of next week's game against the Rams.
Oct 16 - 9:41 AM

Adrian Peterson rushed 26 times for 134 yards and two touchdowns in the Cardinals' Week 6 win over the Bucs.

Absolutely nothing pointed to a game like this: Peterson struggled in New Orleans this year and Minnesota last year, and the Bucs have played run-tough defense to this point, while the Cardinals have fielded near-league-worst run blocking. But Peterson overcame the odds again, shredding Tampa Bay with inside-the-tackles jump cuts and open-field power. He had another long run called back by penalty down the right sideline. The rest of the Cardinals' running backs touched the ball a combined three times. Beating the odds for the last half-decade, Peterson should now be viewed as a confident RB2 play in Week 7 against the Rams.
Oct 15 - 7:24 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Adrian Peterson will not play on third downs.

It is not a surprise for a player who has struggled to produce in the passing game most of his career, but it does ensure Andre Ellington, who has 18 catches the last two games, will remain involved. A two-down option behind a bad line on an offense which should remain pass-heavy, Peterson may not have a path to even RB2 value.
Oct 12 - 11:29 AM

The Cardinals are already listing Adrian Peterson as their starting running back.

In case you needed further confirmation Peterson is sliding right into Chris Johnson's old role. Peterson will attempt to bang between the tackles behind Arizona's undermanned offensive line, Andre Ellington will catch passes and Kerwynn Williams will handle 2-3 weekly touches. Despite the poor setup — the Cardinals' line hasn't blocked a soul this season — Peterson is a legitimate RB3 for Week 6.
Oct 10 - 5:28 PM

Cardinals acquired Adrian Peterson from the Saints in exchange for a conditional 2018 sixth-round pick.

It is something of a surprise after the Saints RBs coach talked up Peterson during the bye week, but the move makes sense on both sides. Peterson was never a fit in New Orleans, and his departure opens up touches for both Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. The Cardinals need to find a way to jump-start the running game, and Peterson is a good fit in their power scheme. That said, it is not a given Peterson has any more success than Chris Johnson behind a bad offensive line, and Arizona is likely to remain a pass-heavy attack. Peterson is now worth rostering in all leagues, but Jerick McKinnon and Aaron Jones are better adds.
Oct 10 - 11:50 AM

Saints RBs coach Joel Thomas thinks "it's just a matter of time" before Adrian Peterson breaks out.

"I really feel like this block, it's going to break," Thomas said. "We just have to keep on chipping and you keep grinding, keep getting after something and ultimately something positive is going to come out of this." Perhaps, but Peterson is very clearly a worse fit in the offense than both Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara, and he is not doing anything with his chances to suggest he should be getting more. Maybe New Orleans devises a way to better utilize him over the bye, but right now Peterson does not look like a must-hold fantasy option in shallow leagues.
Oct 5 - 9:50 AM

Adrian Peterson rushed four times for four yards in the Saints' Week 4 win over the Dolphins.

Peterson was wholly uninvolved in the first half, not seeing his first carry until late in the second quarter, and he did not get any more work after the break despite the Saints nursing a lead. According to PFF's Nathan Jahnke, Peterson played just six snaps total, which is a career low. Coach Sean Payton told the FOX broadcast team there will be weeks where one of their backs is left out, and that is going to be Peterson more often than not. He does not need to be owned in 10- and 12-team leagues.
Oct 1 - 12:52 PM

Adrian Peterson is not listed on the Saints' final Week 4 injury report.

There were reports Peterson tweaked his knee during practice, but he returned to a full session on Friday. He should get 7-12 touches Sunday against Miami.
Sep 29 - 2:22 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Drew Stanton
2Blaine Gabbert
3Matt Barkley
RB1David Johnson
2Adrian Peterson
3Andre Ellington
4Kerwynn Williams
5Elijhaa Penny
GLB1David Johnson
2Adrian Peterson
3RB1David Johnson
2Andre Ellington
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2Jaron Brown
3Brittan Golden
WR21John Brown
2J.J. Nelson
3Chad Williams
WR31J.J. Nelson
TE1Jermaine Gresham
2Troy Niklas
3Ifeanyi Momah
LT1D.J. Humphries
2John Wetzel
LG1Mike Iupati
C1A.Q. Shipley
2Daniel Munyer
3Evan Boehm
RG1Earl Watford
RT1Jared Veldheer
2Will Holden
K1Phil Dawson