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Adrian Peterson: ‘The doubt motivates me’

Adrian Peterson has a flare for building up hype.

The newest member of the New Orleans Saints is doing his best this offseason to convince his new fanbase that he will bounce back to the old version of All Day., even if he will split reps in the backfield with Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara.

“I don’t need all those carries to be my best,” Peterson told Dan Pompei of the Bleacher Report. “I don’t think I became a great player by having to have 20 or 30 carries to get 200 yards. If they feed it to me, hey, I’m going to eat. Whenever I get opportunities, I’ll take advantage of them.”

Last year, Peterson only carried the ball 37 times for 72 yards. He slowed by a torn meniscus and a struggling offensive line. Even with better blocking and a healthy knee, it’s a long shot that the future Hall of Fame running back will look like the dominant All-Pro version of 2007-2012. Since 2013, he’s averaged 4.4 Yards Per Carry and 6.5 Yards Per Catch – down from 5.0 and 8.2, respectively, from ’07-’12.

“Yes, the doubt motivates me,” Peterson said. “I’d be lying to say it doesn’t. You want to do things people say you can’t do.”

Peterson isn’t the only one pumping up his upcoming season. Head coach Sean Payton was especially hyperbolic when talking about his veteran running back bucking the aging curve.

“There are some things I’ve seen him do that are rare,” Payton said. “Regardless of how talented anyone is, at some point it fades or diminishes. I don’t think it’s happened for him yet. I really don’t. And that’s exciting. I think he’s physically capable of giving us a very, very high, elite-level performance. I feel that way. It’s a little different with this player than the norm with age.”

The Saints will find out quickly if Peterson still has the explosiveness to put together a special season as New Orleans faces the Vikings and Patriots in the first two weeks.

  • FL Viking

    Adrian Peterson is a great football player. I enjoyed watching him as a Minnesota Viking. I believe he is the best pure runner that the running back position has ever seen. That still doesn’t change that he only played 1 season out of the last 3 seasons the Vikings paid him for. 1 season AD missed was off the field related and 1 was an injury. Whatever the reason, you can’t pay a guy 10+ million a year to sit at home 66% of the time.

    If Peterson would have been willing to accept even a reasonable salary, I think the Vikings would have gladly paid it. The bottom line was the organization was smart enough to realize that offering him anything less than what he was making wasn’t going to make him happy. It was the right move for AD and the team to let him go.

    In all honesty, the organization should have moved on from AD during the off the field incident that cost him that season. Hindsight is always 20/20 but if you look back now, we gave AD a contract extension to pay him another 2 years that he only played one of after he just missed a season for his off the field suspension. I bet Rick Spielman and company learned quite a bit from that situation.

    In summary, Good Luck Adrian! Thanks for the great memories! Hope the Vikings stop you in your tracks on opening night this year! SKOL Vikings!

    I remember the last good player that went from the Vikings to the Saints. It was Darren Sharper. Sharper won the Super Bowl that year with the Saints in 2009. That can’t happen again……..right?

    • Andre Esters

      Ugh… being reminded of Vikings players who find immediate success elsewhere, thanks FL Viking…

      Seriously though, I will always cherish the Peterson “wonder years”. I was there when he broke the rushing yards record against San Diego. I was there when he returned from the first big injury and bulldozed Jacksonville on his way to a 2k season. I’ve always liked AP the football player, shortcomings and all. But something about AP the person never grabbed me.
      As the dust settled on the child-abuse debacle, I was begrudgingly admitting to other Vikings fans that if there was EVER a “good time” to move on from the RB, Minnesota would have to capitalize on the cold-heart opportunity. Instead, they drew up a contract extension… I was disappointed.
      Not because I wasn’t right or that my home team made a financial/roster decision that seemed poorly executed; but I was desperately hoping, wishing, and wanting so badly for the continued investment to pay dividends to the Vikings team overall.

      In hindsight, it turns out to be a sour wash. We still have to see if Peterson can contribute anything to New Orleans past the week 1 game, but the idea that Minnesota continued to pay the man what he felt was “owed” and the team received little to flat out nothing in return… just sucks! No trades, no draft picks, no financial relief, and now we have to hear about him being fueled by doubt… barf. Everyone gets it AP, if you were still with Minnesota, somewhere in the NFC, AFC, CFL, broadcasting, riding floats in a parade dedicated to you, critics will clamor for your failings. Its one of those genuinely innate human qualities we can’t escape from ourselves — doubt.

      I really do hope Peterson does well in his career away from Minnesota. I DOUBT he’s going to have a worth while game against his former team, but that’s more belief in the Vikings and coach Zimmer shutting down Brees rather than stuffing AP every time he totes the rock.

  • Vikomatic

    AD has remarkable strengths and remarkable weaknesses. He, as FL Viking related, was a poor return on investment for the last 3 years with the Vikings. He was an incredible runner. A very special player to watch, enjoy, and cheer for in those wonder years. However, his need to have the ball, inability to block blitzes sufficiently, herky jerky pass catching when he caught the ball, and failure to ever become an adequate 3rd down back gradually made the offense predictable beyond reason. His running skill was not sufficient to overcome those deficits. He still will be effective with a good O line because it works to his strength as a pure runner but the Vikings had to let him go because of the money and, in my opinion, because of how he limited the offense in a remarkable way. I still wish him the best. I am looking forward to the Cook era.

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  • Wilbur One

    This story seems about as useful as one of those “Joey lost another sock in the washing machine” kind of stories. If the writer is so obsessed with pushing the Adrian Peterson story at a Vikings fan site, then maybe we all need to take up a collection for him to buy a one way ticket to New Orleans. Take your Adrian Peterson obsessions and your free ticket and don’t come back til you’ve been cured.

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  • Gordon Guffey

    He will leave the Monday Night game with a injury after the 3 fumble and Brees will be on his butt after he misses his 3rd blitz pickup ~ That knocking was just from me because of how he single handedly robbed the Vikings for 2 of his last 3 seasons as a Viking fan and the fact he would never have play for what the Saints are paying him ~ He wanted out and I understand that ~ I also believe he should not have been paid for the crap he pulled in 2014 and should be thankful the Vikings keep him on thr active roster after he chose to take the kind of surgery that took 4 months to heal instead of the one that took 4 weeks and then had it cleaned up after the season ~ There have been players who have played through this kind of injury ~ The Vikings have done a very good job of finding a couple of new complete RB to help take over for AP to go along with McKinnon who is very under rated IMHO ~ Bottom line is I dont believe AP will be missed ~ Could I be wrong about how AP will play in the week one game vs the Vikings ~ Sure but I dont see anything but the defense finally getting a shot at knocking AP’s butt to the ground while stiping him of the ball ~

    • Andre Esters

      That’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot more as the season creeps up… will coach Zimmer make a big deal about shutting down Peterson and the run game, or will it just be solid all-around defense business as usual??? And then we still have the individual players who might look for unnecessary opportunities to shine against a former teammate… I mean, whatever happened in that GB game last season where the secondary got smoked because of “miscommunication”, that kind of meltdown would nuke the entire 2017 season… fingers crossed the purple people are bigger than one game against a past player.

      • FL Viking

        Andre Esters,
        You are right on with your assessment. Vikings have to forget about Peterson and stop Drew Brees when we play the Saints. We watched it for 10 years. A running back, even a great one, doesn’t win you a lot of games by himself and the goal of the defense being to stop AD would let the Saints do what they do best. Throw the ball. If we want to beat the Saints in Week 1, forget about AD and shut down Drew Bress. I don’t care if AD gets 200 yards as long as we win. Winning is all that matters.

    • Bud Viking

      I’m with you Gordon. Loved watching him, but the biggest ‘doubt’ he should have is whether or not he can hold onto the ball. Especially in the post-season.





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