The Minnesota Vikings' running game has put up meager numbers so far in the preseason, and there's one particular area of it that coach Mike Zimmer feels the team needs to fix. Zimmer didn't divulge what the fix was, but it's probably a safe bet he doesn't have "get future Hall of Famer for backfield" on his daily to-do list.
Adrian Peterson certainly figures to provide a jolt to the Vikings' running game when he steps back on the field on Sept. 14, and his presence could minimize some of the issues the Vikings are having on the ground game. In the meantime, however, the fact Peterson isn't playing in the preseason probably gives the Vikings time to clean things up before Peterson covers them up.
The Vikings are averaging just 3.1 yards per carry in the preseason, and gained only 87 yards on 32 carries Saturday night against the Oakland Raiders. Zimmer had several points of emphasis for players when they returned to work on Monday; improving the run game was among the top priorities. While Peterson should be a quick-fix, it's also important the backups show some signs of life if something were to happen to AP.