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Adrian Peterson | Running Back | #23

Team: Arizona Cardinals
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 played 48 snaps in Sunday's win over the Buccaneers.
That's more snaps than Peterson played during his entire four-game stint with New Orleans (44 snaps). Desperate for a workhorse with David Johnson (wrist) on the shelf, Arizona handed the reigns to Peterson, who came through with 134 yards and two touchdowns on a season-high 26 carries in his Cardinals debut. Sunday marked Peterson's first 100-yard rushing game since Week 16 of 2015. The 32-year-old said he still has plenty left in the tank and on Sunday, he proved to be a man of his word. If Peterson was dropped in your league, make sure to scoop him up ahead of next week's game against the Rams. Oct 16 - 9:41 AM

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Adrian Peterson rushed 26 times for 134 yards and two touchdowns in the Cardinals' Week 6 win over the Bucs.

Absolutely nothing pointed to a game like this: Peterson struggled in New Orleans this year and Minnesota last year, and the Bucs have played run-tough defense to this point, while the Cardinals have fielded near-league-worst run blocking. But Peterson overcame the odds again, shredding Tampa Bay with inside-the-tackles jump cuts and open-field power. He had another long run called back by penalty down the right sideline. The rest of the Cardinals' running backs touched the ball a combined three times. Beating the odds for the last half-decade, Peterson should now be viewed as a confident RB2 play in Week 7 against the Rams.
Oct 15 - 7:24 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Adrian Peterson will not play on third downs.

It is not a surprise for a player who has struggled to produce in the passing game most of his career, but it does ensure Andre Ellington, who has 18 catches the last two games, will remain involved. A two-down option behind a bad line on an offense which should remain pass-heavy, Peterson may not have a path to even RB2 value.
Oct 12 - 11:29 AM

The Cardinals are already listing Adrian Peterson as their starting running back.

In case you needed further confirmation Peterson is sliding right into Chris Johnson's old role. Peterson will attempt to bang between the tackles behind Arizona's undermanned offensive line, Andre Ellington will catch passes and Kerwynn Williams will handle 2-3 weekly touches. Despite the poor setup — the Cardinals' line hasn't blocked a soul this season — Peterson is a legitimate RB3 for Week 6.
Oct 10 - 5:28 PM

Cardinals acquired Adrian Peterson from the Saints in exchange for a conditional 2018 sixth-round pick.

It is something of a surprise after the Saints RBs coach talked up Peterson during the bye week, but the move makes sense on both sides. Peterson was never a fit in New Orleans, and his departure opens up touches for both Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. The Cardinals need to find a way to jump-start the running game, and Peterson is a good fit in their power scheme. That said, it is not a given Peterson has any more success than Chris Johnson behind a bad offensive line, and Arizona is likely to remain a pass-heavy attack. Peterson is now worth rostering in all leagues, but Jerick McKinnon and Aaron Jones are better adds.
Oct 10 - 11:50 AM

Saints RBs coach Joel Thomas thinks "it's just a matter of time" before Adrian Peterson breaks out.

"I really feel like this block, it's going to break," Thomas said. "We just have to keep on chipping and you keep grinding, keep getting after something and ultimately something positive is going to come out of this." Perhaps, but Peterson is very clearly a worse fit in the offense than both Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara, and he is not doing anything with his chances to suggest he should be getting more. Maybe New Orleans devises a way to better utilize him over the bye, but right now Peterson does not look like a must-hold fantasy option in shallow leagues.
Oct 5 - 9:50 AM

Adrian Peterson rushed four times for four yards in the Saints' Week 4 win over the Dolphins.

Peterson was wholly uninvolved in the first half, not seeing his first carry until late in the second quarter, and he did not get any more work after the break despite the Saints nursing a lead. According to PFF's Nathan Jahnke, Peterson played just six snaps total, which is a career low. Coach Sean Payton told the FOX broadcast team there will be weeks where one of their backs is left out, and that is going to be Peterson more often than not. He does not need to be owned in 10- and 12-team leagues.
Oct 1 - 12:52 PM

Adrian Peterson is not listed on the Saints' final Week 4 injury report.

There were reports Peterson tweaked his knee during practice, but he returned to a full session on Friday. He should get 7-12 touches Sunday against Miami.
Sep 29 - 2:22 PM

Adrian Peterson's missed Thursday practice was officially listed as a veteran's day of rest.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that Peterson had "tweaked his knee," but the Saints didn't think it was a big enough deal to list on the injury report. Peterson will be out there as a part of the Saints' three-man backfield against the Dolphins. He's a touchdown-dependent RB4.
Sep 28 - 4:05 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Adrian Peterson "tweaked his knee" on Wednesday.

It explains why he was absent from Thursday's practice, although it does not sound like he is in any danger of sitting out Sunday. Yet to top 10 carries in a game this season, Peterson is nothing more than a bench stash at this point.
Sep 28 - 11:25 AM

Adrian Peterson did not practice Thursday.

There have been no reports of an injury, so this is likely just a day off for the veteran. We should know more once the injury report is released. FB John Kuhn is also sitting. With the Saints needing to open a roster spot to activate Willie Snead, Kuhn could be the odd man out.
Source: ESPN
Sep 28 - 9:01 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Carson Palmer
2Drew Stanton
3Blaine Gabbert
RB1David Johnson
2Adrian Peterson
3Andre Ellington
4Kerwynn Williams
5Elijhaa Penny
GLB1David Johnson
2Adrian Peterson
3RB1David Johnson
2Andre Ellington
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2Jaron Brown
3Brittan Golden
WR21John Brown
2J.J. Nelson
3Chad Williams
WR31J.J. Nelson
TE1Jermaine Gresham
2Troy Niklas
3Ifeanyi Momah
LT1D.J. Humphries
2John Wetzel
LG1Mike Iupati
C1A.Q. Shipley
2Daniel Munyer
3Evan Boehm
RG1Earl Watford
RT1Jared Veldheer
2Will Holden
K1Phil Dawson