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Adrian Peterson | Running Back

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (30) / 3/21/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 220
College: Oklahoma
Contract: view contract details

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Adrian Peterson suffered a "minor" thigh injury in Tuesday's practice.
Emphasis on "minor." Perhaps AD will miss a day or two of practice, but his "injury" won't be a concern going forward. Aug 11 - 7:00 PM

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Adrian Peterson will not appear in Sunday's Hall of Fame game against the Steelers.

This has been the plan all along for Peterson, who is unlikely to appear in any preseason games. Peterson said he hasn't felt as explosive this training camp but that's not the reason for his absence. 30-year-old running backs with Hall of Fame resumes don't need to risk themselves in preseason action. Look for Jerick McKinnon and others to carry the mail in Canton on Sunday.
Aug 9 - 8:16 AM

Adrian Peterson told NFL Network he didn't feel as explosive as usual when he began practicing with the Vikings at minicamp.

This note should fuel fantasy skeptics who think A.P. won't be the same at age 30 coming off a lost season. "It was decent but really didn't feel as explosive as I would have liked," said Peterson. "So I kind of had to grind, normally I do my hulk, little grind, wake myself up and felt a little spark and kind of got back into the groove. After that I feel pretty good. That hunger is there. I'm sure as we go through camp, get these pads on, it'll just wake up even more."
Jul 29 - 12:03 PM

Asked Monday about Adrian Peterson's workload, coach Mike Zimmer replied "He'll get as much as he can take."

"Adrian's going to get the heavy workload," said Zimmer, a defensive-minded coach. "As much as he can take, and as much as he can handle in all the things that we're doing. Obviously, we're going to have to spell him at times like you do a lot of guys. But we get down on the goal line, and we're probably not pulling him out, you know? He's our best player, and we're going to continue to use him." Peterson's age (30) and lost 2014 season may be concerns for his 2015 outlook. His projected workload in an ascending offense is a major plus.
Source: USA Today
Jul 27 - 6:17 PM

Adrian Peterson said his goal is to rush for 2,500 yards this season.

No player has ever come close to this mark and Peterson probably either. Still, it's good to see AD's confidence hasn't wavered after a child abuse scandal spoiled his 2014 campaign. Peterson has rushed for 1,200 yards or more in six of eight NFL seasons and should be a top-five pick in all formats.
Jul 26 - 8:21 AM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says Adrian Peterson has reported to camp in "great" shape.

Despite his lost 2014, it would have been news if one of the league's true athletic freaks reported in anything other than phenomenal shape. Few, if any, NFLers take their conditioning more seriously than AD. It's not a concern as he heads into his age-30 season.
Jul 25 - 1:11 PM

Adrian Peterson's new three-year contract has a base value of $44 million.

AP was previously owed $44.75 million over the next three years. In exchange for just a $750,000 cut, Peterson gets a fully-guaranteed $11 million base salary this season, plus a $2 million roster bonus on July 28. Although some outlets are reporting Peterson has $7 million guaranteed in 2016, it is actually guaranteed for injury only. The Vikings will have to make a decision on A.D. next spring, when he's due a $5 million roster bonus in early March. The Vikings could conceivably cut Peterson early next offseason and wipe all of his $12.75 million scheduled payments for that year off the books. Peterson is only guaranteed to be a Viking in 2015.
Jul 21 - 4:38 PM

The Vikings and Adrian Peterson have agreed to restructure the final three years of his contract.

Early in the offseason, Peterson made it seem like he was upset with the Vikings for turning their back on him during the child abuse scandal. In reality, he wanted more guaranteed money over the next two years of his contract. Although details aren't out yet, this restructure almost certainly accomplishes that. His base salary numbers over the next three years will come down, but his guarantees will go up. Peterson, who turned 30 in March, will be with the Vikings for at least two more years.
Jul 21 - 12:57 PM

ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling projects 40-50 receptions for Adrian Peterson this season.

Peterson, mostly a two-down back, has never caught more than 43 passes in a season and averages just 2.0 per game for his career. But Norv Turner's offenses typically utilize running backs as pass-catchers, and Peterson backup Jerick McKinnon is raw in pass protection. The 40-50 reception projection is fair.
Jul 20 - 8:24 AM

Adrian Peterson expects to be used in more third-down situations.

A.D. was lightly used in the pass game in 2013, managing 29 catches and grading as a league-average blocker by PFF. The Vikings planned to get him more involved on third downs prior to last year’s suspension. Peterson's targets and snaps should rise under OC Norv Turner. Jerick McKinnon doesn’t project for more than change-of-pace and occasional third-down work behind Peterson.
Jul 18 - 3:31 PM

Adrian Peterson said he expects to be more involved in the passing game this season.

"With Coach [Norv] Turner's offense, there's so much that he throws out there," said Peterson. "So I'll be more involved in the pass game, being out wide and presenting myself for a check-down." Peterson has been underutilized in the passing game, drawing just 90 targets since the start of 2012. Despite 208 career catches, Peterson has only scored five receiving touchdowns since entering the league in 2007.
Jun 14 - 10:51 AM

Vikings RBs coach Kirby Wilson says the team will monitor Adrian Peterson's snap count each week.

Wilson also pointed out that Peterson has looked "extremely explosive" in OTAs, and "still has electric foot speed." Peterson's touches won't be limited, but the Vikings want to mix in Jerick McKinnon. "It's more about snaps per game, because that's what you have to watch in regard to the wear and tear," Wilson said. "How he'll last for the season is the snaps per game, not the carries or attempts per game, because that comes with the territory. He's going to get his amount of touches that he gets, it's the other snaps and plays that will determine how successful he is at lasting during the season and being powerful, strong, aggressive and explosive."
Jun 12 - 2:12 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer doesn't expect Adrian Peterson to play in the preseason.

"I probably don’t see that, no,’’ Zimmer said. "We’re talking in June, so you can’t hold me to it, but he’s carried the ball a lot (in his eight-year career) and he’s going to continue to carry the ball a lot. He’ll get plenty of looks and reps in practice.’’ Vikings OC Norv Turner doesn't believe in working his running backs hard in preseason games. In San Diego, Norv used to let LaDainian Tomlinson sit out the entire exhibition season.
Jun 10 - 6:52 PM

Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune said Adrian Peterson hasn't shown any signs of rust at practice this week.

He appears to be in great shape. Yahoo's Charles Robinson said earlier this offseason it looked like Peterson had been living at the gym, so that's no surprise. With fresh legs after only playing one game last season, Peterson should be in line for a monster fantasy campaign. Jerick McKinnon will be a recommended handcuff for Peterson's 2015 fantasy owners.
Jun 4 - 10:26 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says the team is welcoming back Adrian Peterson "unequivocally."

For his part, Peterson said he "just wanted to (come back)," and that he has his eyes on a Super Bowl. "This past year has been emotional for both parties," Peterson said alluding to the months of tension. "I’ve learned a lot from my mistakes. And I’m moving forward." It sounds like Peterson and the Vikes have both found a solution they can get behind.
Jun 2 - 3:50 PM