If he was, Jones-Drew might not have had to held out a month for nothing.
When the Vikings running back was discussing his Jaguars counterpart, he made it clear how much he respects Jones-Drew’s ability.
“Look at Jones-Drew,” Peterson said, via Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com. “He was their whole offense last year. So, without him, the Jaguars would have been terrible just to be honest.”
It’s almost hard to imagine the Jags being worse than their 5-11 mess last year, but I suppose it’s possible.
For his part, Jones-Drew said he was rooting for Peterson to recover from his knee problems, showing running back solidarity.
“I’ve always been watching, seeing how things are going, hoping and wishing him well,” Jones-Drew said. “Obviously as running backs we have to stick together because everybody is trying to devalue us or say, ‘We’re not this or we’re not that,’ which is pretty funny.
“He’s coming back off something tough. I think we have all in some way or another experienced this type of adversity and the type of guy he is he’s going to be able to get through that and be able to make plays. Hopefully, we’ll be able to see him on Sunday. I can’t wait to see how he looks.”
Between Jones-Drew’s month off which will have him coming off the bench, and Peterson’s health, what should have been a matchup of two of the league’s elite runners may be little more than a footnote Sunday.
But they’ve got each other’s back.