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Adrian Peterson | Running Back | #26

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (33) / 3/21/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 220
College: Oklahoma
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (7) / MIN
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Adrian Peterson rushed 19 times for 120 yards and two touchdowns in the Redskins' Week 3 win over the Packers.
Peterson wasn't targeted in the passing game. Peterson looked like his vintage self, running angry between the tackles and finding the edge for big plays. He's now averaging 4.21 yards per carry through his first three games. Not elite, but more than enough to solidify himself as a rock-solid RB2. The Redskins travel to New Orleans for Monday Night Football in Week 5. Sep 23 - 4:24 PM

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Adrian Peterson managed just 20 yards on 11 carries while also securing three catches for 30 yards on three targets Sunday in Washington’s Week 2 loss to the Colts.

Peterson bullied his way to 166 yards in his Redskins’ debut a week ago at Arizona, but he didn’t have the same success Sunday versus Indianapolis. The Colts bottled him up all day, particularly in the first half when AD was limited to just one yard on three carries. Peterson caught a screen pass for a 21-yard pickup in the passing game, but that was his only real contribution on a day where the Redskins totaled just 65 rushing yards. Obviously, Peterson lost a ton of work to Chris Thompson with Washington in catch-up mode for much of the second half. That could be a concern again next week when the Aaron Rodgers-led Packers come to town.
Sep 16 - 5:01 PM

Adrian Peterson racked up 96 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries while providing two catches for 70 yards on three targets Sunday in the Redskins’ Week 1 victory over the Cardinals.

Peterson turned back the clock with a vintage performance in his Redskins debut. Working as Washington’s lead back, the 33-year-old tore up his former team for 71 first-half yards (53 rushing, 18 receiving) and kept the engine running with another 95 after halftime. Peterson chewed up 52 yards on a fourth-quarter screen pass from Alex Smith but fumbled at the end of the run, resulting in a turnover. Signed following Derrius Guice’s season-ending ACL tear, Peterson and receiving back Chris Thompson formed an imposing 1-2 punch in Sunday’s opener. AD will be in the RB2 conversation next time out against the Colts.
Sep 9 - 8:05 PM

ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim confirmed Adrian Peterson will start Week 1 against the Cardinals.

As expected. Peterson was a late arrival this summer, signing with Washington about midway through August following Derrius Guice's season-ending ACL tear. He looked sharp in his lone preseason appearance, delivering 56 yards on 11 carries against Denver. The 33-year-old should handle most of the early-down work for Washington this year, though he'll likely cede passing downs to Chris Thompson.
Sep 5 - 5:49 PM

Adrian Peterson rushed 11 times for 56 yards in the Redskins' third preseason game.

It was great news on two fronts for Peterson. First, he dominated first-team snaps, lining up for 14 of the 25 plays Alex Smith was on the field. Second, he looked good on those snaps, consistently creating positive yards including a few big plays. Chris Thompson likely will take on more work than Kapri Bibbs handled Friday night, but Peterson now has to be considered in the same range as Jamaal Williams and Chris Carson in fantasy drafts.
Aug 24 - 8:58 PM

Redskins coach Jay Gruden would like to get Adrian Peterson "a handful" of carries with the first-team offense in Friday night's third preseason game against the Broncos.

Peterson's first practice with the team was on Tuesday but apparently Gruden saw enough to give him the green light for Friday night's dress rehearsal. "Everything has checked out so far," said Gruden. "Looks in great shape. Strong, physical. So we’ll see; I think it will translate positively." Despite his mileage, the former MVP has a chance to be a major cog in the Redskins' running game this year, particularly with rookie Derrius Guice (ACL) done for the season. Peterson will be an upside flyer in the later rounds of fantasy drafts.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 24 - 1:50 PM

Redskins coach Jay Gruden is aiming for Adrian Peterson to play in Friday's preseason game against the Broncos.

Peterson impressed Tuesday at his first Redskins practice, drawing praise from Gruden, who said the 33-year-old looked to be in "fantastic physical shape." Obviously Peterson is still learning Gruden's offensive scheme but if the veteran can "get up to speed," he could see a handful of reps in Friday night's dress rehearsal. At worst, the 33-year-old will share a committee role with Rob Kelley, Chris Thompson and Samaje Perine (when healthy).
Aug 21 - 3:33 PM

Redskins signed RB Adrian Peterson, formerly of the Cardinals, to a one-year contract.

The Skins also worked out Jamaal Charles and Orleans Darkwa but Peterson impressed them the most. The 33-year-old is a shell of the player who once rushed for over 2,000 yards in a season, but obviously the Redskins feel he still has something left. Not that they had much of a choice—Washington's backfield is a mess right now with Derrius Guice (ACL), Samaje Perine (ankle) and Byron Marshall (ankle) all injured. Look for AD to mix in with Rob Kelley on early downs with Chris Thompson playing his usual role on passing downs.
Aug 20 - 2:47 PM

Free agent RB Adrian Peterson will visit the Redskins on Monday.

Orleans Darkwa and Jamaal Charles worked out for Washington on Sunday. The Redskins are desperate for healthy bodies at running back following injuries to Derrius Guice (ACL), Samaje Perine (ankle) and Byron Marshall (ankle). Peterson looked like he was on his last leg in 2017, averaging a pedestrian 3.39 yards per carry over 10 games for New Orleans and Arizona. Obviously Peterson is a big name and a likely Hall of Famer, though at this point in his career, it's doubtful the 33-year-old would be an upgrade on current starter Rob Kelley.
Aug 19 - 3:16 PM

Lamar Miller said he'd be open to the Texans signing free agent Adrian Peterson.

"It would be good to have him join us, just his leadership, seeing the things he’s done in previous years, that I feel like I could probably learn from him," Miller said. "It would help us out as a team." Peterson has talked numerous times about his desire to play for Houston in his home state of Texas. However, the feeling hasn't seemed mutual with the Texans having Miller and D'Onta Foreman on top of recently re-signing Alfred Blue. Peterson is going to have to wait.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 1 - 11:51 AM

Free agent Adrian Peterson told ESPN's NFL Live that the Texans are on his radar as a potential landing spot.

This doesn't mean the interest is mutual, of course. "Obviously I’ve mentioned Houston a couple of times," Peterson said. "I feel like Green Bay wouldn’t be a bad look as well. Carolina. There’s some options out there. You know Miami. Down there in [Los Angeles]. That would be a nice look, too, with Todd Gurley." Peterson turned 33 in March. He has made no known offseason visits.
May 28 - 3:58 PM

Florida Football Insiders reports the Bucs may have interest in free agent Adrian Peterson.

The Bucs were linked to Peterson last offseason before he signed with the Saints. Peterson has played most of his career in West Coast schemes and is a fit for Dirk Koetter's offense. Tampa has a talented but unproven tandem of second-rounder Ronald Jones and Peyton Barber atop their depth chart. Taking a flyer on Peterson would add an early-down veteran to the backfield mix.
May 26 - 2:31 PM

Saints coach Sean Payton didn't rule out signing free agent Adrian Peterson.

We wouldn't read much into this. The Saints could use another running back with Mark Ingram suspended the first four games, but it would be a surprise if they brought back Peterson after trading him last year. Peterson will likely have to wait until closer to training camp to sign with a team.
May 12 - 6:25 PM

Free agent Adrian Peterson (neck) says he is "fully healthy" and ready for the 2018 season.

Recently posting impressive workout videos on social media, Peterson says he has been cleared by three separate doctors following his season-ending 2017 neck issue. Now 33, Peterson has been limited to 10 games over the past two seasons, and has just 541 carries since 2013. He's averaged a modest 4.0 yards per carry during that timespan. The future Hall-of-Famer should get another look, but it might come closer to training camp than now.
May 10 - 6:14 PM

Free agent Adrian Peterson told ESPN's Josina Anderson his "neck is completely healed."

Peterson was released by the Cardinals on Monday, but he is still "looking forward to playing next season." Peterson had flashes of effectiveness after being traded to Arizona last season, but he averaged just 3.5 yards per carry before landing on injured reserve. He likely will have to wait until the second or third wave of free agency to find a new home.
Mar 12 - 12:16 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Alex Smith
2Colt McCoy
RB1Chris Thompson
2Adrian Peterson
3Rob Kelley
4Samaje Perine
5Kapri Bibbs
6Byron Marshall
GLB1Adrian Peterson
2Rob Kelley
3RB1Chris Thompson
2Samaje Perine
WR11Jamison Crowder
2Trey Quinn
3Brian Quick
4Cam Sims
5Michael Floyd
WR21Paul Richardson
2Josh Doctson
3Maurice Harris
WR31Josh Doctson
TE1Jordan Reed
2Vernon Davis
3Jeremy Sprinkle
4J.P. Holtz
LT1Trent Williams
2Ty Nsekhe
LG1Shawn Lauvao
C1Chase Roullier
2Casey Dunn
RG1Brandon Scherff
2Tony Bergstrom
RT1Morgan Moses
2Geron Christian
K1Dustin Hopkins