Vikings OC Bill Musgrave said Adrian Peterson's pass-catching role might elevate after the coaching staff discussed how to get him even more involved and help early-down efficiency.
The preseason storyline that Peterson would thrive as a pass-catcher in Musgrave's new offense faded through the first seven games as the all-pro running back's receiving production dipped from previous seasons.
To be sure, Peterson does not have the best hands on the team, and he dropped several passes in preseason workouts. But he was a viable target for Brett Favre, averaging 30 catches for 293 yards from 2009-10. Through seven games this season, Peterson has 11 catches for 49 yards.
Finding creative ways to get Peterson the ball can help the Vikings avoid third-and-long situations, Musgrave said.
"That's what happened to us in the second half the other day; we weren't as efficient on first and second downs," Musgrave said. "Third down we completed some passes, made some plays. But we were much better in the first half on first- and second-down passing than we were in the third. A lot of that may have to do with getting Adrian the ball and not just thinking receivers and tight ends."
We'll see if the Vikings follow through with their intention to get Peterson more involved in the passing game. Football is not rocket science, and it makes perfect sense to try to get your superstars the ball as much as you can, especially with a lack of weapons in the WR corps.