Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson praised rookie running back Jerick McKinnon.
McKinnon is a converted quarterback from Georgia Southern drafted in the third round.
"He's pretty impressive and there's not too many guys who impress me like that, especially rookies coming in," Peterson said. "He's been able to do some real good things in the offense, picking it up well and just his running style."
McKinnon bench pressed 225 pounds 32 times at the NFL scouting combine.
McKinnon is regarded as a natural pass-catcher despite catching just 10 passes in college, the story pointed out. At Georgia Southern, he lined up everywhere from running back to quarterback and returned kicks. Some kind of role behind Peterson is possible for McKinnon, but Matt Asiata probably has a leg up for the RB2 spot heading into camp. Peterson owners who want to handcuff him should follow this battle, though.