After the 49ers loss, running back Adrian Peterson talked about how “hesitant” he was running the ball out of the shotgun formation. That seems understandable. Starting from a stand-still position seems harder than getting the ball from a running start, especially behind a leaky line.
Peterson had only 10 carries for 31 yards. So obviously all eyes would be not only on how many carries he would get on Sunday against the Lions, but how he would receive the ball on those carries.
Here is Peterson's breakdown from Week 2:
From I-formation with no fullback: 13 carries for 101 yards (7.8), one fumble.
From I-formation with the fullback: Six carries for 8 yards (1.3).
From the shotgun: Nine carries for 27 yards (3.0), one fumble.
From the pistol: One carry for minus-2 yards.
The author isn't surprised OC Norv Turner found a nice blend of ways to integrate Peterson into the offense with carries from the shotgun, I-formation and even one pistol formation. It looks like Peterson's bread-and-butter is in the I with no fullback.