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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%: 99/63 | Average Draft Position: 3.43
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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. 

GM: Adrian Peterson is not going anywhere


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2014) Vikings general manager Rick Spielman has squelched speculation that superback Adrian Peterson could be traded. That speculation began when Peterson offered that he might want to finish his career in his native Texas. Peterson is signed through 2017.

Adrian's not going anywhere," Spielman told Pro Football Talk. "We have him under contract, he is the face of our franchise, he's a blue-chip player, and we have a new coaching staff coming into place, and you know, [we're] very excited about what's coming ahead for us."

Peterson rushed for 1,266 yards and 10 touchdowns this season despite losing two games to injury.


Adrian Peterson's surgery deemed a success


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson had successful surgery to repair his groin, according to NFL.com.

Peterson had his adductor muscle repaired. The doctor also performed a compartmental release. It will take six weeks for Peterson to recover. He's expected to be ready for the start of next season. 


Adrian Peterson's recovery to take four-to-six weeks


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will need four-to-six weeks to recover from groin surgery, according to ESPN.

Peterson was able to play through the injury most of the year, but opted for surgery once the season ended. He should be 100 percent by the start of next season.


Adrian Peterson undergoing groin surgery Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will have surgery on his groin Thursday.

The news that Peterson would have groin surgery broke Wednesday, but it was unclear when he would have the procedure. It's not known how long Peterson will need to recover, though he'll have the entire offseason if necessary. Despite dealing with the injury for most of the season, Peterson still rushed for 1266 yards in 14 games.


Report: Adrian Peterson opts for surgery


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has opted to undergo surgery on his groin, ESPN reports Wednesday.

Peterson was slowed toward the end of the season as a result of the groin injury, and has reportedly been considering the surgery in recent days. According to the report from ESPN, Peterson will have the surgery in the coming days, after being evaluated by a surgeon.

It is not clear how long Peterson will need to recover from the procedure, but with an entire offseason to rehab, it seems fair to assume he will be back by the start of next season. 


Teammate: AP's surgery 'wouldn't be a major deal'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2014) Vikings fullback Jerome Felton said that if running back Adrian Peterson needs groin surgery, it wouldn't affect Peterson's ability to return to form in 2014.

"I'm sure if he gets the surgery -- from everything I've heard it wouldn't be a major deal, maybe it'd be a month or two out, but that's what the offseason is for," Felton said on the Judd Zulgad radio show. "He'll work hard, he'll do everything he needs to do to come back strong, I don't have any doubts about that."

No word yet on whether Peterson requires surgery.


Report: Adrian Peterson could have surgery on groin


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/18/2014) A nagging groin injury has Vikings All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson contemplating surgery. He is expected to be evaluated next week by Philadelphia surgeon Dr. William Meyers, a source has told USA Today.

Peterson missed two of the last three regular season games with the ailment, as well as a foot injury. He was also forced to withdraw from the Pro Bowl.


Two Vikings named All Pros


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/3/2014) Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson and RB Adrian Peterson have been named All Pros.

Patterson was named to the first team as a punt returner. Peterson was named to the second team. He finished the year with 1,266 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.


Vikings inactives Week 17


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) The Vikings have made QB Josh Freeman, RB Adrian Peterson, CB Xavier Rhodes, RB Toby Gerhart, T Mike Remmers, WR Rodney Smith and DT Letroy Guion inactive Week 17.

With both Gerhart and Peterson out, Matt Asiata will get the majority of the work. Guion came into the game listed as doubtful.