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Adrian Peterson | Running Back

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (29) / 3/21/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 217
College: Oklahoma
Contract: view contract details

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Adrian Peterson denies telling Cowboys owner Jerry Jones he would be interested in playing for Dallas.
"This was a casual conversation in which I never indicated I wanted to leave the Vikings," Peterson said. "I have always said I understand the NFL is a business, but that I would love to retire as a Viking." The truth is probably somewhere between Jones' reported words and Peterson's statement. It's a non-issue for as long as Peterson is under contract with the Vikings. AD is signed through 2017. Aug 28 - 2:47 PM

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ESPN reports Adrian Peterson called Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in June to tell him he was interested in playing for Dallas "at the end of his tenure with the Vikings."

"Well, I understand, Adrian," Jones reportedly told AD. "I'd like that, too ... Well, I love your story. I love your daddy's story. I've always respected what you've been about. I've always been a fan of yours." Peterson is from Palestine, Texas, which is two hours southeast of Dallas. It's unclear if the call constituted tampering, but Jones believes it does not. Now 29, Peterson is signed with the Vikings through 2017, but is unlikely to make it to the end of his deal.
Aug 28 - 1:13 PM

Adrian Peterson is not expected to play in Saturday's third preseason game.

"I really don't see the need," coach Mike Zimmer said. Peterson didn't get any preseason carries last year either before rumbling for 1,266 yards and 10 touchdowns in 14 games. He's the No. 3 overall player on our board.
Aug 20 - 9:21 AM

Adrian Peterson is sitting out Saturday's preseason game against the Cardinals.

Although 100 percent healthy, Peterson isn't expected to play this preseason. The Vikes are saving bullets for the regular season.
Aug 14 - 1:30 PM

Adrian Peterson will sit out Friday’s preseason opener against the Raiders.

The Vikes have already hinted AD won't see a single exhibition carry. There's no one in the league more qualified to sit out the preseason than Peterson. It's of zero concern.
Aug 5 - 8:23 PM

The Vikings may hold Adrian Peterson out for the preseason.

AD is 100 percent, but coach Mike Zimmer realizes how little there is to gain by slamming Peterson between the tackles in exhibition games. Regardless of his preseason usage, Peterson is a top-three overall fantasy player.
Jul 28 - 1:17 PM

Vikings OC Norv Turner is reportedly "intent" on using Adrian Peterson differently this season.

Turner has a history of giving his No. 1 back massive workloads, especially when he's had studs like Emmitt Smith and LaDainian Tomlinson. That's nothing new for Peterson, but what will be new is an expanded role in the passing game. Turner has repeatedly stated his desire to get Peterson in space by converting some of his carries into receptions. We've projected him for 47 catches this season in our Draft Guide, which would be a new career high.
Jul 17 - 10:20 AM

Vikings OC Norv Turner plans to get Adrian Peterson involved in the passing game.

Peterson has averaged a paltry 5.6 yards per reception over the last two seasons, primarily, operating as a check-down option. Turner plans to use him more creatively this season, getting him in space and allowing him to make plays. When asked what how he sees his role in the scheme, A-Pete said, "The all-purpose back, you know, what I've always envisioned myself as, the Marshall Faulk." Peterson isn't going to suddenly turn into a 60-catch guy, but he could push toward his career-high of 43 grabs set in 2009.
Jun 21 - 9:47 AM

Adrian Peterson plans to play through at least 2016.

Now 29, Peterson is aware of his football mortality. "You couldn't have told me that at least two or three of those guys wouldn't still be here," Peterson said of the Vikings moving on from players like Percy Harvin and Jared Allen. "It just goes to show how the business is. Ultimately, the organization is going to do what they feel is best for their team." Peterson is signed through 2017, but could be cut without a cap hit next offseason. He's making $11.75 million this season.
Jun 19 - 2:51 PM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman indicated he wants to draft a running back to remove some of the load off Adrian Peterson.

Peterson, 29, has over 2,000 carries on his tires. "He's getting to the point where you don't have to give him the ball 50 times a game for 16 games," Spielman said. "Adrian's the face of our franchise, but (new OC) Norv (Turner) has a history of having two backs ... because I think it's very important as you go through the season that they're still strong in Week 16 and they're still strong when you get into the playoffs." When push comes to shove, Peterson will likely remain a 2014 workhorse, even if Minnesota selects a running back in the middle rounds.
May 4 - 11:07 PM

Adrian Peterson estimates he's at 80 percent health.

Peterson was a full participant in this week's voluntary workouts, but is still feeling some residual effects from his groin operation. "Just really working on the strength and trying to get that strength back and balance," Peterson said. His health isn't a concern going into 2014.
May 1 - 3:36 PM

Adrian Peterson (groin) is participating in this week's minicamp.

Per new coach Mike Zimmer, Peterson is doing fantastic. We wouldn't expect anything less from a player that has proven to be more deity than human throughout his career. Although Peterson is 29 years old and coming off three surgeries in last three years, he'll be in the conversation for No. 1 overall fantasy pick once again.
Apr 30 - 12:22 PM

ESPN's Ben Goessling believes Adrian Peterson could be used in more passing situations this season.

The Vikings don't have a third-down back after losing Toby Gerhart, so Peterson is a candidate to take on a bigger workload in the receiving game. Peterson has just 69 catches and 388 yards combined the last two seasons and is rarely used in pass protection, so it's not an ideal role. Minnesota is expected to target a running back in the middle rounds of the draft to replace Gerhart. One of Matt Asiata, Zach Line, and Bradley Randle will likely end up as the No. 3 back.
Apr 12 - 5:33 PM

Adrian Peterson (groin surgery) is unsure when he'll be able start participating in offseason workouts but is fully expected to join at some point before training camp.

In February, coach Mike Zimmer said Peterson should be ready for minicamp, which is this month. That's still within reach, but it's not the greatest idea to rush Peterson. Speaking on a conference call Wednesday, Peterson also said he's not interested in reducing his workload as he enters his age-29 season. He'll be full go by training camp and is still a top-three re-draft fantasy running back.
Apr 9 - 6:08 PM

Coach Mike Zimmer said the Vikings need to get Adrian Peterson in space more and "run him into a few less bodies."

"This guy is getting hit a lot," Zimmer said. "If we can get him space, he can do a lot of damage." Peterson has led the league in yards after contact each of the past two seasons, a clear sign he's getting hit almost as soon as he touches the ball. The Vikings first need a quarterback to scare defenses. Matt Cassel is in the driver's seat to start. OC Norv Turner will no doubt open up the offense more than Bill Musgrave did, while Cordarrelle Patterson's emergence will help. Peterson has at least another season of top-three fantasy production in him.
Mar 25 - 1:09 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matt Cassel
2Teddy Bridgewater
3Christian Ponder
RB1Adrian Peterson
2Matt Asiata
3Jerick McKinnon
GLB1Adrian Peterson
2Matt Asiata
3RB1Adrian Peterson
2Matt Asiata
FB1MarQueis Gray
2Zach Line
WR11Greg Jennings
2Jarius Wright
3Rodney Smith
WR21Cordarrelle Patterson
2Jerome Simpson
3Adam Thielen
WR31Jarius Wright
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2Rhett Ellison
3MarQueis Gray
K1Blair Walsh