Adrian Peterson is getting hit too much, and Mike Zimmer vows to do something about it.
After watching plenty of film on Peterson since taking over as Vikings coach in January, Zimmer said the team needs to do more to get the star running back into the open field.
“He’s such a great player, a hall of fame player, one of the best ever,’’ Zimmer said Tuesday in an interview with ESPN at the NFL owners’ meetings in Orlando, Fla. “I think you always got to use those kind of guys. We’d like to run him into a few less bodies, so there’s not 11 of them meeting him at the (line of scrimmage).’’
Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards in 2012, the second most in NFL history. However, last year he fell off to 1,266 yards and missed two games in December due to injury. Peterson underwent surgery on his groin in January, but general manager Rick Spielman recently said he will be “fine’’ once offseason workouts get underway in April. He's still going to be a top fantasy RB on our board, but it would be nice if the Vikes could get him some help on offense.