Notebook: Adrian Peterson 'going to crank it up' before training camp
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- As usual, Adrian Peterson is headed back to Houston until training camp, but don't suggest he's going to be taking it easy.
"Oh, no. I'm going to crank it up, actually," the NFL's reigning MVP said after the Minnesota Vikings wrapped minicamp on Thursday. "Really bust my tail and be ready for training camp."
Peterson completed the offseason on the field with his teammates, going through all drills a day after sitting out for scheduled rest.
Asked if the rest is related to his recovery from Feb. 7 sports hernia surgery, Peterson pointed out he did just fine while barely practicing down the stretch last season.
"Feeling good, feeling strong, feeling 100 percent," Peterson said. "Ready to roll when training camp comes around."
Coach Leslie Frazier confirmed the surgery isn't a concern. The Vikings just want to preserve a player who carried the ball 348 times for 2,097 yards last season, not including the playoff game.
"We kind of know what he's capable of doing," Frazier said. "He knows the offense, so every now and then, we're going to pick our spots and say, 'Let the other guys handle it.'"
Peterson, 28, said he recently built a new home in Houston but hasn't spent much time there while attending the Vikings' organized team activity practices and minicamp.
And he did say he'll spend some time "relaxing in my new pad," even if his definition of relaxation might not match anyone else's.
"I find my time to relax," Peterson said. "But to be great, you need to put in a lot of work."
Frazier gathered players at midfield after the final horn blew to signal the end of minicamp, addressing them one last time before they scattered until the July 25 reporting date in Mankato.
What was the message?
"Just reminded them about the things they've got to get done in this time away," Frazier said, "and remember that they represent us in their hometowns or wherever they travel at, that we all represent one another, and take care of their bodies."
After 10 documented incidents involving law enforcement in an 18-month span, the Vikings haven't had a known arrest of a player since Peterson was charged with resisting arrest after an incident at a Houston nightclub on July 7. The charge was dropped in November.
On the money
Rookie Jeff Locke averaged 4.56 seconds of hang time on nine punts in a short-field situation, dropping eight inside the 10 while showcasing the Australian-style drop he uses inside the 50.
"It spins backwards kind of like a golf shot or field goal shot, so it's easy to control the distance," Locke said.
Locke's only other punt during practice was in a backed-up situation. Jarius Wright muffed his line drive, which traveled 49 yards and hung only 3.28 seconds.
Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer said on Wednesday he's trying to clean up Locke's footwork, remove some wasted motion and improve his get-off time.
"Without getting into too much specifics, it's all to have a more consistent drop all the time -- a faster drop time," Locke said. "These guys are so fast, I have to do it faster than when I was in college."
• DE Jared Allen (shoulder/knee), LBs Chad Greenway (knee) and Nathan Williams (ankle), C John Sullivan (knee), CBs Jacob Lacey (thumb) and Greg McCoy (hamstring), S Mistral Raymond (hamstring), TE Rhett Ellison (calf) and WR Greg Childs (knees) sat out practice again. LB Michael Mauti continued to participate in individual drills only.
• Sullivan, who had microfracture knee surgery in January, is "on target to start when we start," Frazier said, "so hopefully, that'll still be the case."
• PK Blair Walsh was 6-of-7 on field-goal attempts from 34 to 47 yards in a team period. His miss was wide left from 47.
• S Andrew Sendejo made an excellent, driving interception of QB Matt Cassel, who tried to force in a ball to TE John Carlson at the goal line in a 7-on-7 passing drill. Sendejo also stripped HB Joe Banyard at the end of a play in a team (11-on-11) period.
• Team drills were limited on the final day, ending with consecutive pass-breakups in a goal-line drill by CB Xavier Rhodes, CB A.J. Jefferson and CB Marcus Sherels. QB Christian Ponder was 1-for-2 passing, Cassel 2-for-3, QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson 1-for-2 and QB James Vanderberg 0-for-1.
• The practice schedule for training camp will be roughly the same as last year, Frazier said. That means walkthroughs in the mornings and full practices in the afternoons.
• Legendary St. John's football coach John Gagliardi attended practice.
Andrew Krammer contributed.