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Adrian Peterson | Running Back

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (29) / 3/21/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 217
College: Oklahoma
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The Vikings may hold Adrian Peterson out for the preseason.
AD is 100 percent, but coach Mike Zimmer realizes how little there is to gain by slamming Peterson between the tackles in exhibition games. Regardless of his preseason usage, Peterson is a top-three overall fantasy player. Jul 28 - 1:17 PM

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Vikings OC Norv Turner is reportedly "intent" on using Adrian Peterson differently this season.

Turner has a history of giving his No. 1 back massive workloads, especially when he's had studs like Emmitt Smith and LaDainian Tomlinson. That's nothing new for Peterson, but what will be new is an expanded role in the passing game. Turner has repeatedly stated his desire to get Peterson in space by converting some of his carries into receptions. We've projected him for 47 catches this season in our Draft Guide, which would be a new career high.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 17 - 10:20 AM

Vikings OC Norv Turner plans to get Adrian Peterson involved in the passing game.

Peterson has averaged a paltry 5.6 yards per reception over the last two seasons, primarily, operating as a check-down option. Turner plans to use him more creatively this season, getting him in space and allowing him to make plays. When asked what how he sees his role in the scheme, A-Pete said, "The all-purpose back, you know, what I've always envisioned myself as, the Marshall Faulk." Peterson isn't going to suddenly turn into a 60-catch guy, but he could push toward his career-high of 43 grabs set in 2009.
Jun 21 - 9:47 AM

Adrian Peterson plans to play through at least 2016.

Now 29, Peterson is aware of his football mortality. "You couldn't have told me that at least two or three of those guys wouldn't still be here," Peterson said of the Vikings moving on from players like Percy Harvin and Jared Allen. "It just goes to show how the business is. Ultimately, the organization is going to do what they feel is best for their team." Peterson is signed through 2017, but could be cut without a cap hit next offseason. He's making $11.75 million this season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 19 - 2:51 PM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman indicated he wants to draft a running back to remove some of the load off Adrian Peterson.

Peterson, 29, has over 2,000 carries on his tires. "He's getting to the point where you don't have to give him the ball 50 times a game for 16 games," Spielman said. "Adrian's the face of our franchise, but (new OC) Norv (Turner) has a history of having two backs ... because I think it's very important as you go through the season that they're still strong in Week 16 and they're still strong when you get into the playoffs." When push comes to shove, Peterson will likely remain a 2014 workhorse, even if Minnesota selects a running back in the middle rounds.
May 4 - 11:07 PM

Adrian Peterson estimates he's at 80 percent health.

Peterson was a full participant in this week's voluntary workouts, but is still feeling some residual effects from his groin operation. "Just really working on the strength and trying to get that strength back and balance," Peterson said. His health isn't a concern going into 2014.
May 1 - 3:36 PM

Adrian Peterson (groin) is participating in this week's minicamp.

Per new coach Mike Zimmer, Peterson is doing fantastic. We wouldn't expect anything less from a player that has proven to be more deity than human throughout his career. Although Peterson is 29 years old and coming off three surgeries in last three years, he'll be in the conversation for No. 1 overall fantasy pick once again.
Apr 30 - 12:22 PM

ESPN's Ben Goessling believes Adrian Peterson could be used in more passing situations this season.

The Vikings don't have a third-down back after losing Toby Gerhart, so Peterson is a candidate to take on a bigger workload in the receiving game. Peterson has just 69 catches and 388 yards combined the last two seasons and is rarely used in pass protection, so it's not an ideal role. Minnesota is expected to target a running back in the middle rounds of the draft to replace Gerhart. One of Matt Asiata, Zach Line, and Bradley Randle will likely end up as the No. 3 back.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 12 - 5:33 PM

Adrian Peterson (groin surgery) is unsure when he'll be able start participating in offseason workouts but is fully expected to join at some point before training camp.

In February, coach Mike Zimmer said Peterson should be ready for minicamp, which is this month. That's still within reach, but it's not the greatest idea to rush Peterson. Speaking on a conference call Wednesday, Peterson also said he's not interested in reducing his workload as he enters his age-29 season. He'll be full go by training camp and is still a top-three re-draft fantasy running back.
Apr 9 - 6:08 PM

Coach Mike Zimmer said the Vikings need to get Adrian Peterson in space more and "run him into a few less bodies."

"This guy is getting hit a lot," Zimmer said. "If we can get him space, he can do a lot of damage." Peterson has led the league in yards after contact each of the past two seasons, a clear sign he's getting hit almost as soon as he touches the ball. The Vikings first need a quarterback to scare defenses. Matt Cassel is in the driver's seat to start. OC Norv Turner will no doubt open up the offense more than Bill Musgrave did, while Cordarrelle Patterson's emergence will help. Peterson has at least another season of top-three fantasy production in him.
Mar 25 - 1:09 PM

Adrian Peterson (groin surgery) is on track to participate in April minicamp.

Coach Mike Zimmer stated at the Combine that Peterson is "doing great" in his recovery from the January 23 procedure. New OC Norv Turner has pledged to get Peterson "in space more often" this season, perhaps via the passing game. Believe what you will about LeSean McCoy, there isn't a more dangerous in-space player in football than "All Day." He'll return as a top-three re-draft pick.
Feb 21 - 2:39 PM

New Vikings OC Norv Turner intends to get Adrian Peterson in space more often.

Turner sees two ways to accomplish this. First, by improving downfield passing so Peterson won't see the most eight-man boxes in the league. And second, by utilizing him as a receiver. Turner has a history of this going back to Emmitt Smith and LaDainian Tomlinson, each of whom had 50-plus-catch seasons under Norv. In 2014, Peterson projects to threaten his career-high of 43 catches and remains locked in as a top-three fantasy pick. Turner's presence can only help.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 10 - 8:13 AM

Adrian Peterson (groin) said at the Super Bowl Friday he's feeling "fine" after surgery and is already taking part in upper-body workouts.

Peterson underwent a clean-up procedure related to his 2013 sports-hernia surgery earlier this month. He remains on track with his six-week recovery timetable and should be fully cleared for the start of the Vikings' offseason program. "It's not going to interfere," Peterson confirmed. "I'm still able to do some exercises and things like that, but laying off the lower-body workouts."
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 31 - 5:17 PM

Adrian Peterson called new OC Norv Turner "the perfect guy to come in and get us on the right path."

Peterson has had more carries against eight-man fronts than anyone in each of the last two seasons. He believes Turner will be able to jumpstart the Vikings' dormant passing game, thus leading to more running lanes. It's a fair expectation. Turner's Browns ranked 11th in passing yards last season despite all their quarterback woes and his Chargers teams were No. 1 in net yards per pass attempt from 2008-10. Peterson will be a no-brainer top-three pick in 2014 fantasy drafts.
Source: USA Today
Jan 29 - 9:24 AM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman told Profootballtalk.com on Friday that there is "no chance" Adrian Peterson will be traded this offseason.

Minnesota could probably get a second-round pick for A.D., but the Vikings want him to finish his career playing in purple. "Adrian is not going anywhere," said Spielman, adamantly. "We have him under contract. He's the face of our franchise. He is a blue-chip player. And we have a new coaching staff in place, and (the Vikings are) very excited about what's coming ahead for us."
Jan 24 - 4:48 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matt Cassel
2Teddy Bridgewater
3Christian Ponder
RB1Adrian Peterson
2Matt Asiata
3Jerick McKinnon
4Joe Banyard
5Dominique Williams
GLB1Adrian Peterson
2Matt Asiata
3RB1Adrian Peterson
2Matt Asiata
FB1Jerome Felton
2Zach Line
WR11Greg Jennings
2Jarius Wright
3Erik Lora
4Kamar Jorden
5Kain Colter
WR21Cordarrelle Patterson
2Jerome Simpson
3Rodney Smith
4Adam Thielen
5Andy Cruse
6Donte Foster
WR31Jerome Simpson
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2Rhett Ellison
3Chase Ford
4Allen Reisner
5A.C. Leonard
K1Blair Walsh