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Adrian Peterson | Running Back | #28

Team: New Orleans Saints
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 nine times for 33 yards in the Saints' Week 3 win over the Panthers.
Peterson "added" two receptions for four yards. One of his nine totes was a goal-line carry, but he lost a yard. Mark Ingram soundly out-played Peterson, out-touching him 16-11 and out-gaining him 86-37. Peterson went long periods of time without getting the ball. The Saints need to phase him out of their rotation. Completely touchdown dependent, Peterson isn't a viable RB3. Sep 24 - 4:59 PM

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Adrian Peterson carried the ball eight times for 26 yards in the Saints' Week 2 loss to the Patriots.

Peterson did have two nice runs to set up the Saints' first touchdown and converted a fourth-and-one late in the game, but game script once again limited his touches. If there is a bright side, the Saints still gave Peterson four carries in the second half despite being down big. Even so, Peterson offers nothing in the passing game for a team which will be losing big often this season. He cannot be trusted in fantasy lineups right now.
Sep 17 - 5:03 PM

When asked about Adrian Peterson's role, Saints coach Sean Payton said, "I don't think we've ever discussed featuring him like he was featured in Minnesota."

Peterson wasn't pleased with playing just nine snaps in Week 1, but it doesn't sound like he'll be getting the squeaky wheel treatment. Despite his track record, the 32-year-old is shaping up to be a poor fit for Payton's pass-first scheme. Just as he did in Week 1, Peterson will continue to struggle in games when New Orleans plays from behind.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 17 - 11:25 AM

Speaking on his Week 1 role against the Vikings, Adrian Peterson said he "didn't sign up for nine snaps" when he joined the Saints.

Peterson was out-snapped 31-26-9 by Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram in that order. "I didn’t sign up for nine snaps, but unfortunately that’s the way the game played out," Peterson said. "In my mind, I knew it was gonna take some adjusting. You know, me and Mark played in the last preseason game, AK didn’t even play that game. So with all three of us being out there, I knew it would take a game or so to kind of get adjusted." Better days are ahead for Peterson, but it was pretty evident in the opener that he's miscast in this offense as a running back who offers nothing in the pass game. Peterson will need the Saints to get leads so he can salt away the clock in the second half. He also figures to get some goal-line work.
Sep 15 - 8:43 AM

Adrian Peterson rushed six times for 18 yards in the Saints' Week 1 loss to the Vikings.

Drew Brees targeted Peterson once on a rollout goal-line play in the second half, but Peterson wasn't able to get open. With the Saints playing from behind much of the night and Peterson not being a factor as a pass catcher, he played just nine offensive snaps despite getting the nominal start in his return to Minnesota. Rookie Alvin Kamara led the way with 31 snaps, while Mark Ingram played 26. At one point, Peterson seemed to get a bit testy on the sideline with coach Sean Payton. Simply put, if the Saints are trailing, Peterson is going to be stuck on the sideline this season. He's no longer a 20-carries-per-game player. Treat Peterson as an RB3 heading into Week 2 against New England.
Sep 11 - 10:26 PM

Adrian Peterson said he wants to "stick it to" the Vikings in Week 1.

"Of course I want to stick it to them. I want to stick it to everyone we play," Peterson said. "But going back to Minnesota, playing the Vikings? Yeah, I want to stick it to them." It has been a while, so it is nice to take another stroll down Narrative Street. Peterson likely will play something of a complementary role to Mark Ingram, who got the start in the third preseason game, but it would not be surprising if the coaching staff gives him a few extra opportunities against his former team.
Sep 4 - 9:14 AM

Adrian Peterson rushed six times for 15 yards and "added" a catch for -1 yard in the Saints' third preseason game.

It was Peterson's first preseason action since 2011. Mark Ingram got the start, but Peterson rotated in fairly evenly after the first drive. Neither player had much success, but the usage suggests Peterson could have a slightly bigger role on early downs with Ingram handling most of the third-down work. That pattern would favor Ingram in a pass-first offense, but Peterson could make up the difference and then some if he gets the majority of the goal-line work. Both players are upside picks in the fifth round.
Aug 26 - 10:02 PM

Adrian Peterson wants to surpass 500 receiving yards this season.

Peterson's best single-season total was 436 yards playing with Brett Favre in 2009, and he thinks getting to work with Drew Brees will allow him to set a new personal best. The problem is the Saints have two backs -- Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara -- who are better in the passing game than Peterson and project to take on most of the receiving work. Peterson is full of confidence as usual, however, and coach Sean Payton said he does not think the veteran has lost a step. With Peterson sure to be the subject of many puff pieces in training camp, his ADP is likely to get out of control in the very near future.
Jul 11 - 10:42 AM

Adrian Peterson thinks playing with Drew Brees will give him a chance to showcase his skills in the passing game.

"A lot of people say, 'Well, he can't catch the ball,'" Peterson said. "I've been playing since I was 7 years old. I can catch a football. It's all about having a guy that's going to get the ball to you, and without a doubt I know Brees is going to. We'll be doing that." This backfield is hard to predict, but Peterson has drawn a ton of hype and expects to be used as a receiver more than he ever was in Minnesota, outside of two seasons with Brett Favre. After Favre left, Peterson averaged 2.0 catches per game across 61 healthy contests. He averaged 2.55 with Favre. Brees has always been a fan of throwing to his backs. The question is if the Saints will put Peterson in position to catch many balls by using him in pass situations. If so, Peterson's ceiling can be high-end RB2.
Jun 13 - 8:45 PM

Adrian Peterson's Saints teammates have "gushed" over Peterson's running ability at OTAs, "marveling over his burst and stride length."

Peterson is aware most people doubt his ability to return from a lost season at age 32. "I'd be lying to you to say it doesn't give me a chip (on my shoulder)," Peterson said. "Especially being a competitor. ... It's something that drives you a little bit. After 30, because it was the same back then. 'Oh, he's 30.' Then I ended up leading the league (in rushing) in 2015." In New Orleans, Peterson will be playing in the best offense of his career behind one of the NFL's best offensive lines. He's a middle-round fantasy target with upside.
Jun 7 - 10:08 PM

The Saints have been working on Adrian Peterson's pass-catching ability in OTAs.

As the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Matt Vensel points out, this was a common offseason storyline for Peterson with the Vikings. Peterson has topped 30 receptions just once since 2010, and the Saints have better receiving backs in Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara and Travaris Cadet. Peterson's usage won't change much in New Orleans.
May 25 - 3:55 PM

Adrian Peterson said he feels like he has "a lot of years left."

Peterson is a 32-year-old back who was limited to three games last season by a meniscus tear, but he claims to be doing better than he was before the injury. Peterson has proven to be almost superhuman in the past, but even he cannot outrun time. That said, he could still be an impact contributor for the Saints this season.
May 2 - 1:50 PM

Saints coach Sean Payton promises new RB Adrian Peterson will have a "clear role."

Payton insists Peterson and Mark Ingram will "blend well." That figures to be easier said than done. Payton has always featured multiple backs, but Ingram and Peterson have significant stylistic overlap. Ingram figures to become even more involved as a pass catcher, while Peterson should be counted on to churn yardage in early-down/goal-line situations. It could be hard for either back to carve out clear-cut, weekly RB2 status in standard leagues.
Apr 25 - 6:00 PM

Adrian Peterson's two-year deal with the Saints includes $3.5 million guaranteed.

The guaranteed money consists of a $2.5-million signing bonus and his $1-million base salary in 2017, so the Saints will be able to get out of the contract relatively scot-free after this season if they so choose. That decision will likely come before his $750,000 roster bonus is due on the third league day of 2018.
Apr 25 - 11:47 AM

Saints signed Adrian Peterson to a two-year, $7-million contract.

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports the deal is essentially a one-year deal with an option for a second. While Peterson is not expected to be the nominal "starter" in New Orleans, he should see opportunities if he is healthy and effective. Tim Hightower touched the ball 155 times last season, and that was with Mark Ingram playing 16 games for only the second time in his career. Peterson likely will get even more work, making him at worst a top-35 back with the upside for more.
Apr 25 - 8:04 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Drew Brees
2Chase Daniel
3Taysom Hill
RB1Mark Ingram
2Alvin Kamara
3Adrian Peterson
GLB1Mark Ingram
2Adrian Peterson
3RB1Mark Ingram
2Alvin Kamara
FB1John Kuhn
WR11Michael Thomas
2Willie Snead
3Tommylee Lewis
WR21Ted Ginn
2Brandon Coleman
3Austin Carr
WR31Willie Snead
TE1Coby Fleener
2Josh Hill
3Michael Hoomanawanui
LT1Ryan Ramczyk
2Terron Armstead
LG1Andrus Peat
2Senio Kelemete
C1Max Unger
RG1Larry Warford
2Josh LeRibeus
RT1Zach Strief
K1Wil Lutz