Adrian Peterson Fantasy News

Vikings expect to spread the offense more

Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 2:47pm

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The Vikings were in the shotgun or pistol about 65 percent of the time after Teddy Bridgewater took over as the starting QB in Week 4 last season -- the 13th-most in the league, according to ESPN Stats & Information -- and their 565 shotgun snaps in that time were only 210 less than they had in 2012 and 2013 combined.

Adrian Peterson, of course, was in the backfield both of those seasons, and has yet to play his first game with Bridgewater at quarterback. In those two seasons, Peterson ran just 40 times out of the shotgun, or one fewer than Christian Ponder. Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon, on the other hand, logged a combined 114 carries out of the shotgun last season.

"I think the things we're doing out of the shotgun, he's very comfortable with, and getting more comfortable," Turner said. "We're going to give him a good dose of the things he does best and has done best his entire career. We're going to try to spread the field a little bit and do some things to give him more space."

Fantasy Impact:

There's little doubt the offense will require something of an adjustment for Peterson, who's made a career out of lining up seven yards deep in the backfield and hitting the line of scrimmage with a healthy fury, the story said. But between the Vikings having enough of Peterson's staples in the playbook and giving the running back enough practice snaps to adjust, offensive coordinator Norv Turner thinks Peterson will be fine with an offense that's a little more spread out. It should only help Peterson as long as Bridgewater and the receivers and prove to be a legit passing threat. It will be a lot for defenses to account for.

Bridgewater: Charles Johnson will 'be big for us this year'

Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 10:32am

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The hype machine has yet to start cranking for Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Charles Johnson. When it comes to the team's offensive skill positions, running back Adrian Peterson, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and a handful of other receivers have all generated more discussion than Johnson.

However, Johnson's 10-yard touchdown catch in a preseason win over the Oakland Raiders on Saturday served as a subtle reminder of what he brings to Minnesota's offense.

"You talk about that touchdown catch he had today with the defensive back all over his shoulders," Bridgewater said, per ESPN's Ben Goessling. "Charles, he’s a big, physical guy. He helps out in the run game with his blocking for the running backs and it showed tonight in the passing game in just the first half -- not even the entire first half, but the first quarter. He showed that he’s going to be big for us this year."

Fantasy Impact:

At 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, Johnson hides in a cast of receivers that includes Mike Wallace, Cordarrelle Patterson and rookie sensation Stefon Diggs, among others. He is listed as the starting "WR2," opposite Wallace, on the Vikings' preseason depth chart, the story said. Johnson is 34th on our WR list and hasn't really been that big of a secret in drafts this season. Teams are taking him in the middle rounds because he's got a lot of positive press since the end of last season.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 8:23am

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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.

Fantasy Impact:

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.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 8:04pm

TwinCities.com - [Full Article]

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was mostly back on the sidelines Tuesday.

Peterson, recovering from a right thigh bruise, sat out practice with the exception of doing some late light work without a helmet. He was hurt Aug. 11 in practice and missed workouts for two days before returning to limited duty on Monday.

Peterson won't play in the exhibition season. He's expected to next take the field Sept. 14 in the regular-season opener at San Francisco.

Adrian Peterson (thigh bruise) takes part in individual drills

Monday, August 17, 2015, 6:49pm

Star-Tribune - [Full Article]

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who missed two days of practice last week because of a left thigh bruise, returned to practice today. He participated in some of the individual drills, but stayed on the sideline for the 11-on-11 portion of the fully-padded practice.

Fantasy Impact:

Peterson didn’t play in Saturday’s 26-16 preseason win over the Buccaneers. But he wouldn’t have played even if he was healthy. He won’t play until the regular season starts on Sept. 14 at San Francisco so there's no need to rush him back to practice.

Rapoport: Rams RB Todd Gurley 'isn't ready yet,' not expected to play Week 1

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 11:00pm

Ian Rapoport, NFL.com - [Full Article]

While the Rams practiced on one field, a pad-less rookie ran routes against air and caught passes. He looked completely normal, which is the curse of Todd Gurley, their first-round pick. He's so athletic that even when he's rated at 90 percent on a surgically repaired knee, he looks 100 percent. But make no mistake, Gurley isn't ready yet. He won't play in the preseason. I'm told the Rams don't even expect him to be ready for the season. They believe he'll miss the first couple games, not wanting to risk injury until he's ready. The ligament is strong, but the area around it isn't there yet. With so much invested in a player compared to a young Adrian Peterson, St. Louis will be cautious. But the future is so bright for Gurley, team personnel can barely contain themselves.

Fantasy Impact:

Gurley is widely considered to be the best running back in the 2015 draft class, but he’s recovering from a November ACL tear. He’ll be nine months into his recovery in August, but he avoided the PUP list at the start of training camp, which is a good sign for his early season availability, though he may not play in Week 1. Typically, an athlete can return to their sport six months after surgery, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be game-ready. Prospective owners should draft Tre Mason or DeAngelo Williams as insurance. When Gurley returns, he should provide high end RB2 numbers if he begins to get starter’s touches.

Norv: Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (thigh) 'is fine'

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 1:49pm

Star Tribune - [Full Article]

Vikings OC Norv Turner confirmed that running back Adrian Peterson, who injured his right thigh on a play on Tuesday, isn’t injured seriously, but isn’t expected to practice this afternoon. “Coach [Mike] Zimmer obviously gives the injury reports, but I talked to [head athletic trainer] Eric Sugarman. We all held our breath for a second [when Peterson went down], but Adrian is fine.”

Fantasy Impact:

It sounds like the thigh injury is nothing to worry about. Throwing out his one-game season in 2014, Peterson never finished outside of the top 6 on a per game basis in standard formats (or outside the top 11 in PPR) in his previous seven seasons. He's now on the wrong side of 30, but his legs should be fresh after taking a full season off to deal with his criminal case. Turner has a history of feeding the ball to his top running back; LaDainian Tomlinson averaged 20.9 touches per game from 2007-09 while he and Turner were in San Diego. That included 2.86 receptions per game, which would represent a career high 45-46 receptions for Peterson if he catches the ball at the same rate.

Adrian Peterson injury not considered serious

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 8:42pm

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Vikings RB Adrian Peterson left practice after dropping to the ground during a run drill on Tuesday afternoon, but it didn't sound as though the Minnesota Vikings running back's injury was anything serious.

A source said Peterson told those around him he'd taken a helmet to the thigh, but that there was nothing wrong with his knee. And running back Jerick McKinnon said he thought Peterson would be back at practice on Wednesday.

"He got tangled up," McKinnon said. "A defender fell on him, but he said he was alright. Everybody knows Adrian's got a cape on. He'll be back out here tomorrow. I don't think anybody's worried about him."

Fantasy Impact:

Peterson stayed on the ground briefly before getting up, and eventually went back in for one more snap. He appeared to be walking with a slight limp as he watched team drills, but stood on the side of practice for about 10 minutes before heading in with athletic trainer Eric Sugarman. Looks like Peterson dodged a bullet and owners can breath a sigh of relief. We'll continue to keep you updated.

Adrian Peterson forced to leave practice early

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 6:15pm

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Adrian Peterson was forced to leave the field early during training camp practice on Tuesday because of what appeared to be an injury to his leg.

The Vikings Pro Bowl running back went to the ground -- something that isn't supposed to happen -- during an inside run drill and was slow to get up. He limped to the sideline and attempted to test out his leg by jogging in place.

Peterson, 30, then got back into drills for one play before again walking to the sideline with athletic trainer Eric Sugarman. When team drills were complete, Peterson went to the locker room while the team continued to practice.

Fantasy Impact:

No immediate details were available about the exact nature of Peterson's injury. Peterson, who was limited to only one regular-season appearance in 2014, did not play in the Vikings' win over Pittsburgh on Sunday in the Hall of Fame game and is not expected to appear in any preseason games.

Rams happy with Todd Gurley's progress

Monday, August 10, 2015, 8:26pm

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Tough Todd Gurley appears to be ahead of schedule in his rehab from a torn ACL last November, head coach Jeff Fisher confirmed the rookie running back likely won't see playing time in the preseason.

"We are going to take our time," Fisher told NFL Media's Andrew Siciliano.

"I don't have to see him in a preseason game to play him in a regular season game," Fisher said. "It's unlikely that you'll see him in a preseason game, because he's got some work to do."

However, at the same time, the club is impressed with how Gurley looks thus far in training camp.

Per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, Gurley has already passed the timetable where Vikings' running back Adrian Peterson was when he was coming off his ACL surgery.

"The Rams love where Todd Gurley is at physically," NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said via NFL Network. "They just have to make sure when they put him out there, he's at no further risk."

Whether Gurley suits up in Week 1 is an unknown, but the early reports out of training camp indicates their first-round draft pick could be ready sooner rather than later.

Fantasy Impact:

Tre Mason could even start the season if the Rams don't want to rush Gurley, but the thought by many is Gurley eventually takes over the lead back role with Mason more of a third down option. When that transition takes place or how long it takes is the big question, so drafting Mason is a bit of a risk - at least outside of PPR leagues. The real upside is with Gurley, but owners may have to stash him on their bench until his role is secure.

It's been 'all good' for Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, who looks 'as fast as ever'

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 2:44pm

Vikings.com - [Full Article]

It’s been all good for Vikings RB Adrian Peterson in Mankato. He looks as fast as ever and has a rare combination of leanness and power. Peterson is catching the ball well and rarely has gaffes during pass protection drills.

Fantasy Impact:

Throwing out his one-game season in 2014, Peterson never finished outside of the top 6 on a per game basis in standard formats (or outside the top 11 in PPR) in his previous seven seasons. He's now on the wrong side of 30, but his legs should be fresh after taking a full season off to deal with his criminal case. OC Norv Turner has a history of feeding the ball to his top running back; LaDainian Tomlinson averaged 20.9 touches per game from 2007-09 while he and Turner were in San Diego. That included 2.86 receptions per game, which would represent a career high 45-46 receptions for Peterson if he catches the ball at the same rate.

Sunday, August 2, 2015, 9:23am

Star-Tribune - [Full Article]

Yes, there are five preseason games to evaluate the Vikings. But the plan apparently doesn’t include putting Adrian Peterson in harm’s way for games that don’t matter, despite what the face value on the ticket stub says.

Peterson hasn’t carried the ball in the preseason since 2011. He hasn’t played in the preseason since a three-down series against San Francisco in the third preseason game in 2013. Those three downs included no contact for Peterson.

Peterson used to lobby for preseason carries. But he’s older now. Seemingly wiser, too.

“I,ve been doing it for a long time now,” Peterson said Saturday. “So I really grew out of trying to play in the preseason. It really doesn't matter. You might as well throw out all your marbles when it really counts.”

Asked if he was itching for contact, Peterson sounded like a man who was far from needing to scratch anything.

“I am., but also with that being said, I'm being patient as well,” he said. “I think I can wait until the first [regular season] game against the Niners” on Sept. 14.

Fantasy Impact:

Peterson does sound happy that his life in the national spotlight has returned to the field after a year in which he missed 15 games because of the ugly fallout from child abuse charges. He's our top running back pick with LeVeon Bell closing the gap, however Bell's suspension keeps Peterson there for now. We think AP bounces back to the form we all remember before not being allowed to play last year.

Turner: Adrian Peterson 'way ahead of everybody else'

Monday, July 27, 2015, 6:02pm

ESPN 1500 - [Full Article]

There are a couple schools of thought on how a year off might affect a 30-year-old running back.

Some people believe that the Vikings Adrian Peterson - held out of game action since Week 2 of last year - could be fresher this season because he didn't have the normal wear and tear associated with the NFL's 16-game schedule.

Others, who believe Peterson has some catching up to do after missing most of the first year in a new offensive system, would find themselves at odds with second-year offensive coordinator Norv Turner.

Peterson, Turner contends, has only minor adjustments to get up to speed with Turner's offensive playbook. If that's true, it shouldn't be terribly surprising, considering Peterson was there for the preseason last year as the team installed plays and concepts, and he also carried a big load in the team's Week 1 win in St. Louis against the Rams.

The Vikings don't put the pads on until Tuesday, but if walk-throughs and practices in shorts are any indication, Turner says Peterson is reintegrating just fine.

"When he comes out here and I watch him he's way ahead of everybody else," Turner said.

"This scheme thing is, to me, it's overrated," he added, in response to a question about whether Peterson has any catching up to do with the playbook. "I know it's different for Adrian, so there are some things that caught him off guard, but he is very comfortable with what we're doing. He and [running backs coach] Kirby Wilson spent a lot of extra time getting him back caught up on what things are different."

Fantasy Impact:

The story pointed out that one of the great mysteries about the Vikings entering this year's training camp would be Peterson's readiness to once again be featured in the offense. Many have wondered how the superstar running back will be used, considering the Vikings now have a quarterback they know they can trust in a pass-happy league, the story said. But it sounds like Peterson is doing just fine in learning the system and will be ready to take on a full load. Peterson, of course, is our top-rated RB and our thinking is he bounces back just fine. So far, he's being selected atop of many fantasy drafts this season.

Vikings Beat: Adrian Peterson should 'wind up with 40-50 catches'

Monday, July 20, 2015, 12:09pm

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Vikings beat writer Ben Goessling on Adrian Peterson's role in the passing game.

I got a few questions this week about Peterson's role in the passing game; I'd expect he'll wind up with 40-50 catches, and he'll be able to turn some of those into big plays.

Fantasy Impact:

OC Norv Turner has a history of feeding the ball to his top running back; LaDainian Tomlinson averaged 20.9 touches per game from 2007-09 while he and Turner were in San Diego. That included 2.86 receptions per game, which would represent a career high 45-46 receptions for Peterson if he catches the ball at the same rate.

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson expects to play more on third down

Sunday, July 19, 2015, 2:44pm

Star-Tribune - [Full Article]

We expected to see Vikings RB Adrian Peterson used more in third down situations last year, and Peterson believes that will be the case again this year in his return.

Fantasy Impact:

Throwing out his one-game season in 2014, Peterson never finished outside of the top 6 on a per game basis in standard formats (or outside the top 11 in PPR) in his previous seven seasons. He's now on the wrong side of 30, but his legs should be fresh after taking a full season off to deal with his criminal case. OC Norv Turner has a history of feeding the ball to his top running back; LaDainian Tomlinson averaged 20.9 touches per game from 2007-09 while he and Turner were in San Diego. That included 2.86 receptions per game, which would represent a career high 45-46 receptions for Peterson if he catches the ball at the same rate.

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