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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 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

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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

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Saints are "closing in" on a deal with free agent Adrian Peterson.

Per Rapsheet, the deal would pay Peterson $3 million "plus." It's a very strange fit on paper, but coach Sean Payton has had friction with Mark Ingram. Peterson and Ingram are redundant talents, though Ingram has become much more of a pass catcher in recent years. Peterson is a zero in the passing game, but a better goal-line finisher than Ingram. The situation would make for fantasy headaches, and an always-tedious backfield even harder to figure.
Apr 24 - 3:31 PM

According to Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate, free agent Adrian Peterson's visit with the Saints "went well" and the "door isn't closed" on him signing a contract.

As opposed to the Patriots, who were reportedly doing Peterson's agent a favor by working him out last week, the Saints seem to be legitimately interested in signing the former MVP. Likely, it will come down to money. Underhill believes the Saints are reluctant to offer Peterson more or even match the $3.7 million salary Mark Ingram is due in 2017. If Peterson does land with New Orleans, he would likely be used in a timeshare with more-versatile Ingram.
Apr 14 - 1:50 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports free agent Adrian Peterson isn't expected sign with a team before the draft.

That's "barring a dramatic shift." Already content to wait Peterson out, teams will wait on a potential flier until after the draft, where they might select a young runner. Peterson has visited the Patriots, Seahawks and Saints, but hasn't seemed particularly close to a deal with anybody.
Apr 13 - 2:06 PM

The Patriots worked out Adrian Peterson during his visit on Monday.

There's been talk that the Patriots brought Peterson to Foxboro as a favor to agent Ben Dogra. If that were true, it's unlikely the Patriots would have put Peterson through a workout. He left New England without a contract and will visit the Saints next week. Peterson has drawn very little interest in free agency, likely due to his age, injury history, excessive contract demands and off-field reputation.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 9 - 8:54 AM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports free agent Adrian Peterson will visit the Saints.

The visit will take place next week. Thus far, Peterson has visited the Seahawks and Patriots. The Seahawks aren't an option with Eddie Lacy in tow, while Peterson's New England visit was reported to be a sham, as in mostly a favor for AD's agent. Peterson would be a redundant talent to Mark Ingram in New Orleans, though Ingram's relationship with coach Sean Payton hasn't always been the best. Nevertheless, it's hard to see Peterson to New Orleans happening.
Apr 6 - 2:59 PM

The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe reports Monday's visit with free agent Adrian Peterson "didn't get to the point where (the Patriots) were willing to make an offer."

Howe is in the camp that believes there's no way the Patriots are signing Peterson. Howe suggests Peterson may have been hosted by Bill Belichick only for "scouting purposes," or to check on Peterson's health. Howe wrote he would be "surprised" if owner Bob Kraft OKed the Patriots signing Peterson, who missed all but one game of the 2014 season after committing child abuse.
Apr 3 - 4:57 PM

CSN New England's Tom Curran suggests the Patriots hosted free agent Adrian Peterson only to "do a solid" for his agent, Ben Dogra.

Patriots owner Bob Kraft spoke out against Peterson when he committed child abuse three years ago, and Kraft also said Joe Mixon is off New England's draft board for Mixon's off-field misdoings. Per Curran, the Patriots have always had a "good relationship" with Dogra, whose highest-profile client (Peterson) isn't so much as getting free agent sniffs. Curran is confident Peterson won't be joining the Pats. "I think it’s a mere back-scratching for Dogra that the team hopes Dogra may remember somewhere down the line when doing a deal," Curran wrote. Indeed, Peterson left Monday's visit to Foxboro without a contract.
Apr 3 - 4:27 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Drew Brees
2Chase Daniel
3Garrett Grayson
4Ryan Nassib
RB1Mark Ingram
2Adrian Peterson
3Alvin Kamara
4Travaris Cadet
5Daniel Lasco
GLB1Mark Ingram
2Adrian Peterson
3RB1Mark Ingram
2Alvin Kamara
FB1John Kuhn
2John Robinson-Woodgett
WR11Michael Thomas
2Ted Ginn
3Corey Fuller
4Jordan Williams
5Travin Dural
WR21Willie Snead
2Brandon Coleman
3Tommylee Lewis
4Jake Lampman
5Rashad Lawrence
WR31Ted Ginn
TE1Coby Fleener
2Josh Hill
3Michael Hoomanawanui
4John Phillips
5Clay Harbor
LT1Ryan Ramczyk
2Terron Armstead
LG1Andrus Peat
2Landon Turner
3Josh LeRibeus
C1Max Unger
2Jack Allen
3Chris Watt
4Cameron Tom
RG1Larry Warford
2Senio Kelemete
3Khalif Barnes
RT1Zach Strief
2Bryce Harris
3John Fullington
K1Wil Lutz