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Updated: June 7th, 2010 4:39pm
Adrian Peterson arrives, tackles new ball-security drill

Adrian Peterson arrives, tackles new ball-security drill

by Tom Pelissero
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The Minnesota Vikings' mandatory minicamp doesn't start until Friday, but at least one notable veteran joined the team at Winter Park on Monday.

Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson -- who continued working out in Houston rather than participating in the three main weeks of organized team activity practices -- was on the practice field, as evidenced by this NFL Network video.

In the video, Peterson can be seen holding a ball NFL Network's Solomon Wilcots said weighs 14 pounds and is filled with sand -- a tool rather obviously utilized to help Peterson with his fumbling trouble.

Wilcots didn't ask Peterson about the drill (at least not in the clip aired) but did ask about his expectations for the 2010 season.

"We have a lot of tools coming back, especially offensively," Peterson said. "(Quarterback Brett) Favre is up in the air. Hopefully, he'll come back and give us two or three more years. But defensively, we're steady.

"We've got a good group, both sides in all three phases. So, the talent is there -- it's all about putting it all together and making that run again, but finishing it, finishing it this time."

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