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28 Adrian Peterson RB
Height/Weight: 6-1/217 | Birthdate: 3/21/1985 | Birthplace: Palestine, TX, USA | Team: Minnesota | College: Oklahoma | NFL Experience: 8 | Owned/Started%: 100/89 | Average Draft Position: 4.44
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Adrian Peterson responds to media report


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson issued a statement Thursday in response to the ESPN report that he told Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in a phone conversation he would like to play for Dallas after his tenure with Minnesota concludes.

"This was a casual conversation between NFL colleagues in which I never indicated I wanted to leave the Vikings," Peterson’s statement reads, according to The Dallas Morning News. "I have always said I understand the NFL is a business but that I would love to retire as a Viking."


Adrian Peterson to be used differently


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) The Vikings want to get running back Adrian Peterson to the edge more often this season, "both to maximize his explosiveness and reduce the pounding on his body," reports ESPN.com. "He'll run out of shotgun sets and multiple-receiver formations more often."

The website said Peterson will get more usage as a receiver and that's "the most profound change for him this season."

Said running backs coach Kirby Wilson: "He's had good days, but there are some days when he's been spectacular in those areas. I'm excited to see what the new and improved Adrian Peterson is going to look like when the opener starts. I think this whole team is excited about what he could bring as a dual-threat player."


Adrian Peterson gets another personal day off


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson missed his second straight practice Thursday due to personal reasons and has not played in the first two preseason games, but is expected to participate in the third one Saturday in Kansas City, per Fox Sports.

Mike Zimmer has indicated that he has not found it necessary to play Peterson extensively in the preseason.


Adrian Peterson expected to sit Saturday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he doesn't "see the need" to play running back Adrian Peterson in Saturday's preseason game against the Chiefs, reports ESPN.com. Thus it appears Peterson will go through a third straight preseason without taking a snap.

Peterson said he doesn't care if he plays Saturday. "I'm wired up [for the season]," he said. "I'm ready to go."

Vikings sit five in Week 2 of preseason


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will not play in Saturday's preseason game as expected, and the team has announced that the following players will not dress: cornerback Josh Robinson, defensive back Robert Blanton, tight end Chase Ford and defensive tackle Linval Joseph.

Adrian Peterson could sit out entire preseason


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will be held out again during Saturday's preseason game against the Cardinals for precautionary reasons, according to The Pioneer Press.

Peterson could very well sit out the entire preseason. He hasn't had a preseason carry since 2011.


Adrian Peterson to be held out Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson won't play in Friday's preseason opener, the Star Tribune reports.

Peterson hasn't received a carry in the preseason since 2011. Every other healthy player on the roster will be available for Friday's game.


Adrian Peterson: We won't be predictable this year


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson sounds thrilled with the change in offensive coordinators from Bill Musgrave to Norv Turner.

"This is what I've been looking for the past seven years," Peterson told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "And now I feel like we have an offense that fits our talent and what we have as far as the players at their positions and what they're able to do. I'm pretty excited for what Norv Turner is putting in for us. It's putting guys in opportunities to make plays and be more versatile as an offense. So I'm stoked about that."

Peterson said it's refreshing to play in an offense that's unpredictable.

"Not to take anything away from the coaches we had before, but just being more versatile as an offense," he said. "I just call it what it is. I feel in the past, we were predictable. You guys wrote stories about being predictable in the past seven years. You won't be able to write that story this year. That's pretty much all that I'm saying. You won't be able to do that because this offense is so versatile."


You won't see much of Adrian Peterson in the preseason


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/28/2014) Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said Monday that running back Adrian Peterson won't get many preseason carries. The veteran has a long-standing track record of success that Zimmer is obviously familiar with. "I don't need to see him," Zimmer said according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune

Vikings want to turn Peterson's carries into catches


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/17/2014) It's hard to believe but Adrian Peterson is 29 years old (he turns 30 next March). He has 2,126 career carries including the playoffs. The Vikings coaches are aware of this and want Peterson to remain as dominant as ever without the wear and tear. 

That's why Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner has new plans for Peterson as he installs his offense. Turner, along with head coach Mike Zimmer, want to turn some of Peterson's carries into catches, according to ESPN. Not only should that cut down on the wear-and-tear he'd take on, but it also puts the explosive Peterson out in space against smaller defenders. 

Peterson had a career high 43 catches for 436 yards in 2009. He's never had more than one receiving touchdown in a season. 


Adrian Peterson expects backlash if he's ever cut


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/19/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is the face of the franchise, and his likeness is being used in artists' renderings of the team's new stadium, which is scheduled to open in 2016. But will Peterson be on the team when the stadium opens

Peterson said Wednesday he understands he might not, reports USA Today. And he thinks if he's not on the team then fans would be quite unhappy.

"I think the organization would take a heavy hit – for real – more so from the fan base," Peterson said. "I don't think it would be like a LeBron (James) situation where they're burning my jersey, this, that and the other. They might be doing (the opposite) and not buying some season tickets."

When the stadium opens, Peterson will 31 years old. He has undergone surgeries in three straight offseasons and has a hefty contract, which is scheduled to pay him $58 million through 2017, none of it guaranteed.


Report: Vikes don't want to hold onto Adrian Peterson


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2014) The Vikings would like to part ways with running back Adrian Peterson "sooner rather than later," reports Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman. Peterson just turned 29 and is due to make base salaries of $11.75 million and $12.75 million the next two seasons.

Freeman contends that's "an impossible salary structure to pay a player in today's game, where the running back position has been greatly devalued."

An AFC general manager told Freeman he expects this season to be Peterson's last with Minnesota.


Vikings could draft a running back


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/5/2014) The Vikings could draft a running back in the NFL Draft to help take the load off Adrian Peterson, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The report says the team is looking for a replacement for the departed Toby Gerhart and give Peterson a rest from time to time.

"He's getting to the point where you don't have to give him the ball 50 times a game for 16 games," said general manager Rick Spielman. "Adrian's the face of our franchise, but Norv (Turner) has a history of having two backs to keep him fresh, 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."

Minnesota doesn't have a surefire No. 2 back on the roster. Matt Asiata filled in for the injured Peterson and Gerhart in two games last December and performed admirably with 166 yards on 44 carries (a 3.8 average). But Asiata, entering his third season, is still raw.

After that, Minnesota has just Joe Banyard and Bradley Randle on the roster. They've mostly been practice squad players.


Healthy Adrian Peterson to see less carries, more catches


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/2/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who underwent groin surgery in late January, said he's at "about 80 percent right now," reports USA Today. He added he's "just really working on the strength and trying to get that strength back and balance."

Peterson needs to be healthy because the offense in Minnesota is changing under new coordinator Norv Turner. The Vikings plan to be more pass-happy in 2014.

"My rushing yards might not be up to par, but it's not about that," Peterson said. "It's all about winning. I'm trying to win a championship, so if that (means) taking less of a pounding and being more productive in the pass game, I'm all-in for it."

Peterson ran for 2,097 yards in his 2012 MVP season. But injuries limited him to 14 games in 2013, and he had an adductor repair and release in January — his third surgery in as many offseasons at age 29.

From that perspective, lightening Peterson's workload seems like a no-brainer, though he said he's excited to be more involved in the passing game under Turner, whose offenses always have at least one running back around 50 catches. Peterson's career high is 43.

"He's going to catch passes," Turner said. "You've got to try to utilize all the guys that can make plays, and I think you need to be able to run the ball in this league. But I think if all you do is run it, it gets real hard."


Adrian Peterson 'doing fantastic' in minicamp


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who underwent groin surgery in late January, is participating in the team's minicamp, reports ESPN.com. "Adrian's doing fantastic," coach Mike Zimmer said. "He practiced yesterday, he's in good spirits. He's doing great."

Could Adrian Peterson take passing downs work?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/14/2014) With Toby Gerhart rumbling south to Jacksonville, the Vikings are in the market for another running back. ESPN thinks the primary goal the team will have for a new back is to be efficient in pass protection, which Adrian Peterson hasn't always been great at. The report believes Peterson could play more on third downs as a receiver rather than stay in to block since he's not an elite blocker, provided the team doesn't fill the third-down role in the draft. 

Peterson has 29 or more catches in four of his last five seasons with one receiving score in each of his last four years. Catching passes is a big part of Norv Turner's offenses, so it's something Peterson could end up doing more of. 


Adrian Peterson to participate in offseason program


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/9/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said he's close to full strength after undergoing groin surgery in late January. He's still rehabbing and idn't sure he when he'll join the team's offseason workout program but does expect to be ready long before training camp according to ESPN. 

"I can't really put a date on it, but I do look forward to participating," Peterson said. "Right now the most important thing is getting healthy and that's what I'm doing. I'm rehabbing, working out still, trying to get the body back to where it needs to be."

Peterson doesn't expect the groin injury to be a factor this summer or fall. "I can't sit here and say that I'm back right now, but I am not far off at all," he said.


Adrian Peterson will be 'fine' for OTAs


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who had groin surgery in January, will be "fine" for offseason workouts next month, coach Mike Zimmer told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Zimmer also said he wants to get Peterson into the open field more.

“He’s such a great player, a Hall of Fame player, one of the best ever," Zimmer said at the NFL owners meetings. “I think you always got to use those kind of guys. We’d like to run him into a few less bodies, so there’s not 11 of them meeting him at the (line of scrimmage)."

Peterson missed two games last December due to injuries and finished with 1,266 rushing yards, the second-lowest total of his career.

“That’s part of the thing, opening the field up, spreading the ball out a little bit," Zimmer said. “Getting him the ball in space. I’m watching a game the other day and the two safeties just kept creeping closer and closer. This guy is getting hit a lot. He’s a fantastic runner. If we can get him space, he can do a lot of damage."


Adrian Peterson should be fine for mini-camp


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/21/2014) Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said running back Adrian Peterson should be recovered from groin surgery in time to participate in the team's pre-draft mini-camp at the end of April, report ESPN.

Peterson was limited to 18 carries in the Vikings' final four games, and missed two of those, because of a groin injury that stemmed from the sports hernia surgery Peterson had after the 2012 season. He decided to have adductor release surgery in Philadelphia last month.

"He’s doing great," Zimmer said Friday. "I got a report from (athletic trainer) Eric (Sugerman) yesterday, and he said he’s doing great -- better than they expected and should be great to go."


Norv Turner expects Adrian Peterson to catch 50-plus passes


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) New Vikings offensive coordinator said he expects running back Adrian Peterson to catch 50 to 60 passes in 2014, reports KFAN in Minneapolis. Peterson caught 29 passes last year and never has had more than 43 receptions in a season.

Turner wants Adrian Peterson out in open


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/10/2014) New Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner is looking forward to finding ways to get running back Adrian Peterson the ball more in space, reports ESPN. 

"He's run the ball in closed-in quarters with a lot of defenders there and he makes a lot of long runs, making people miss or running over people," Turner said. "It’s hard to do, but we would like to get him in space and getting the field spread a little bit better for for him."


Norv Turner: Vikes' offense 'can be good real fast'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2014) New Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner hopes the team lands a dynamic young quarterback but believes running back Adrian Peterson remains the key to success, reports the Minneapolis StarTribune.

“We want to make big plays, we want to be an explosive offense, and we want to run the ball,” Turner said at his introductory press conference. With an offense that includes Peterson, receiver Greg Jennings and all-purpose threat Cordarrelle Patterson, Turner believes Minnesota can improve quickly.

“I looked at the roster, I looked at the offensive side of the ball," he said. "I think this is a group that can be real good, and I think we can be good real fast.”


Adrian Peterson plans on return in six weeks


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/31/2014) Vikings stud running back Adrian Peterson is eight days removed from groin surgery, but told ESPN that he's doing fine and should be back at full strength by mid-March.

Norv Turner could take pressure off Adrian Peterson


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2014) The Vikings' Adrian Peterson has encountered more eight-man fronts than any running back the past two seasons, reports ESPN.com. Norv Turner's expected hiring as offensive coordinator would diversify Minnesota's attack, "likely put more receivers on the field, make more liberal use of tight end Kyle Rudolph, and ultimately attempt to give defenses more to think about than just Peterson," the report added.

The website notes Turner did wonders in San Diego with an offense built around LaDainian Tomlinson.


Adrian Peterson: Norv Turner a perfect fit


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson told USA Today that the impending hiring of Norv Turner as offensive coordinator is a perfect fit for what the team needs. The team has not made an official announcement about Turner.