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.
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.