Vikings see Adrian Peterson as an 'every-down back'

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OC Norv Turner and the Vikings see Adrian Peterson as an every-down back, even with the addition of Jerick McKinnon in this year's draft. That means Peterson probably will be asked to pick up blitzes and do more out of the backfield than simply take handoffs.

Fantasy Impact: 

He’s coming off of a #6 finish (and groin surgery); it’s the second time in three seasons that he has finished outside of the top 5. He turns 29 in March and while he should continue to be very productive when healthy, one wonders if his 2,241 touches are starting to catch up to him. Along with his sheer talent, there is another reason to be excited about AP’s upside in 2014 — the arrival of OC Norv Turner, who knows what he’s doing on that side of the ball. Turner emphasized that he wants to get Peterson the ball in space, and that means more receptions. Peterson has only averaged 2.0 catches in his career, and has been curiously underutilized in the passing game since day one. He's not quite the natural receiver as LaDainian Tomlinson was, but as a Turner-RB comparison, Tomlinson averaged 2.9 catches in three seasons under Norv Turner.

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