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Updated: July 31st, 2014 2:53pm
AP to ESPN: 'I wasn't feeling good about being here in Minnesota'

AP to ESPN: 'I wasn't feeling good about being here in Minnesota'

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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7/27/2014
1500 ESPN's Purple Podcast episode 2: Camp observations and Adam Thielen
The second episode of 1500 ESPN’s Purple Podcast with Andrew Krammer, Derek Wetmore, Judd Zulgad and Phil Mackey. It includes an Adam Thielen interview, including telling him that he’s the early leader in the clubhouse for #MrMankato. He’s got a decent shot to earn a spot on the Vikings roster as a wide receiver and special teams player, after spending time on the practice squad last season. He played college in Mankato and now is hoping to earn his stripes in training camp on the same fields. --- Before the interview, Andrew was asked about his observations during practices and walk-throughs: How is the linebacker situation playing out? Is Chad Greenway really in consideration for the middle linebacker position? Or is he a better candidate for the weakside? How will Jasper Brinkley fit? Is he the starting MLB? How does Anthony Barr fit and what do you envision will be his role? --- We’ve seen a strange package with Harrison Smith this weekend at practice—what do you read into that? How does Everson Griffen fit in? An observation about Griffen going head-to-head with Matt Kalil. --- Norv Turner on Saturday brought up Matt Asiata as one of the most impressive players he’s seen in the early part of camp. Should we read into that? What do the coaches think of Jerick McKinnon? How will he fit on the team?
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MANKATO, Minn. -- Adrian Peterson opened up in a story posted on ESPN.com's NFL Nation about the end of the Leslie Frazier era. He says he's happy now that Mike Zimmer and the new staff has taken over and the Vikings added some players. But he didn't always feel that way, according to the story.

Peterson was on the record as being very supportive of Frazier, so when the former Vikings coach was let go, it's possible it didn't sit well with the star back. 

Here's what he told ESPN's Ben Goessling:

"I wasn't happy. I wasn't feeling good about being here in Minnesota at the end of last season," Peterson said in a wide-ranging interview with ESPN on Thursday. "Coaches change, but everything was shaken up.

"That changed when these guys came in, and draft picks and different things like that. [I] bought back in, and I'll let it ride out."

Whether it's Antoine Winfield, Kevin Williams, or any other veterans who have left, Peterson in the story acknowledged that "if you can't do anything for an organization, they're going to ship your butt up out of here."

From reading Peterson's quotes in the story, it sounds like winning a championship is a prime motivator for Peterson. But he also talks about the impermanence of an NFL star staying in one market for his entire career. 

"I feel like we have the right pieces to be able to accomplish winning a championship. I can't be foolish and say, 'Oh, I'm just going to stick around forever,' if we have no hopes of winning a championship. You've got to be able to be smart and take advantage of the time you have. ... But right now, I feel like we have the right pieces, the right coaches, to get it done."

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
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