Vikings’ coaches like what Peterson can bring to the passing game

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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has averaged less than 30 catches a season so far in his NFL career, but with a new coaching staff in Minnesota, Peterson may find himself having more passes thrown his way.

Offensive coordinator Norv Turner said he wants to do more than just hand the ball to Peterson and let him run into an eight-man front, and the best way to get Peterson the ball in space may be to pass it to him.

“A big part of that is finding ways for Adrian to not have to run in such crowded areas all the time. He’s going to have to do that, that’s part of his job, he’s the best in the league at it. But if we can get him more space we can take advantage of his great abilities,” Turner said, via 1500ESPN.com. “He’s got good hands, I think he’s comfortable with the routes that we would ask him to run. It’s certainly not the lead part of what we’re doing. We threw a screen to him yesterday that was as nicely set up as you could ask for and the linemen got out in front. If we can get him in space like that throughout a game, throughout the season it will help all of us.”

Head coach Mike Zimmer said he’s been surprised to see just how natural a receiver Peterson is.

“The way he catches the ball is very, very good, I didn’t know what kind of receiver he was,” Zimmer said. “I think I’ve seen him drop one ball the whole time [in three days of minicamp]. . . . Obviously, when he’s got the ball in the hands he’s extremely dangerous. I think he caught one out here today on a flat route or a swing route.”

Peterson could become even more dangerous if the Vikings can find more ways to get him the ball. Now the only question is whether the Vikings have the right quarterback to throw to Peterson.

84 responses to “Vikings’ coaches like what Peterson can bring to the passing game

  1. I think this might be the coaching staff to bring Minnesota up top again. We got the talent on both sides of the ball. The qb situation is looking good. Could be a very exciting season and a very quick turnaround for the vikes!

    Skol!

  2. Opposing coaches really, really like what Peterson brings to the passing game. Almost as much as they like what he brings to pass protection.

  3. I like that picture above because he looks so surprised that the ball isn’t laying on the ground.

    Peterson said he’s had trouble in the passing game for the past couple of years because of Christian Ponder’s canon-like arm.

  4. Well it sounds nice, but usage time is usage time, whether he’s running the ball or receiving it, that still then takes an opportunity away from somebody else to run it or receive it. How effective will these passes to him be, and will they be worth more than throwing to a traditional WR? I’m just curious how everything adds up at this point and cautiously skeptical for right now.

  5. About time, although this way there unfortunately will be fewer Packer defenders flailing aimlessly in his wake for all of us to enjoy.

  6. I always wondered why they wouldn’t throw him the ball more often. The first pass he caught in the NFL, in his first game, he went 60 yards for a touchdown. There’s a lot of upside and bigplay ability if they use him in the passing game more often.

  7. I laugh when I hear childish put downs about the Vikings and other teams alike! This coaching staff and the infusion of talent is going to be remarkably different than the last 5 seasons!!! The biggest piece missing has been a legit QB, and a respectable secondary! We now have both. This team may still be 1-2 years away from Elite, but it is close!!! I super excited for this season. It is a tough schedule but, the Vikings typically hang with top teams and lose to the likes of the Browns…. Sweet

  8. Ah preseason full of hopes dreams and delusions
    Now if AP was doing the drafting or the signing of QB’s maybe he could bring something to the postion. As for all the comments about the woefulness of the Packers Defense lets just wait and see what happens How much has your defense improved ? Both teams having their best players out there your chances are slim
    I see one defender thinks that this coaching staff will bring them to the top again .What is the definition of that in Minnnysoda? Losing the NFC Championship game or losing another Superbowl? Besides why does anything have to be brought to the QB he already is the best player there is

  9. This will be FUN when they line up Peterson at tight end or the slot. Then let’s see if they can get him the ball and release him to run over the defensive secondaries.

  10. “This might be the coaching staff to bring us back to the top..” When you get to the top, they give you a trophy, but the super bowl trophy case is bare in minny, so what top were you referring to?

  11. I am baffled that it took a coaching staff in Minnesota this long to figure out that Peterson could be an effective weapon on screens. I’m shawked!

  12. The vikings have not had much production from their WR’s in many years.

    If they can teach an old dog some new tricks like route running, avoiding bump and run coverage, and what to look for in a zone coverage, they might get more from Peterson at WR.

    He won’t be asked to attempt to pass block, and he has been working TO, Ochocinco, Michael Irvin, WR attitude.

    He is only 6′, 1/2″ so he will struggle to get open especially now that he has lost a step.

    With the limited talent in that locker room Norv will have to be try many desperate things to muster production until they find a QB.

    So even if Peterson plays some WR, how will the ball get there?

  13. purpleguy says:
    Jun 21, 2014 3:17 PM

    About time, although this way there unfortunately will be fewer Packer defenders flailing aimlessly in his wake for all of us to enjoy.
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    Again, is this what you fans aim for.
    Why is your fixation always on the Packers?
    Is that your true measure of success? Sad!

    Shouldn’t the bar in Minnesota be set a little bit higher? Championship level higher?
    I guarantee it is in Green Bay. We take divisional wins seriously, but our eyes are always on the big picture.

    Also, I understand the enthusiasm of a new coaching regime and philosophy, but give it a rest.
    There’s no indication the Vikes will be any different now than they were under Frasier, Childress or Tice.

    At least not enough to be talking as much smack as most of you’ve been. Your team is extremely lacking in overall talent and you’re missing a player in it’s most crucial position.

    With so many question marks going into this season, smarten up a little bit.
    Wait to see what you even have before you start talking like a bunch of morons.

  14. Well, if nothing else, this kind of talk reminds me of how glad I am to have Norv Turner. These kinds of plays rely more on having a smart and athletic O-Line than the Peterson-Bridgewater/Cassel/Ponder combo. Plus the WR blocking downfield is key. Simpson in particular did a good job of this last year. It would be fun to watch if it becomes successful. I’ll have to dig out my old VHS tapes of Vikings games from the late 90’s to watch Robert Smith go for 40+ yards on just a swing pass to get myself hyped up for the new AP SHOW!

  15. If only the previous two brain dead coaching staffs could have figured out a better way to take advantage of 8 guys constantly in the box.

  16. “Why is your fixation always on the Packers?”

    OUR fixation is on the packers? Really? Why does EVERY SINGLE Viking article have about fifty Packer slugs posting trash only a cheesehead would think was funny? On posts that have NOTHING to do with the packers?

    You idiots need to look up the word “fixation” and see who fills it. We have to sift through all the packer crap to read a Viking related article. The first reply is ALWAYS some ignorant cheesehead. Every. Single. time.

  17. It doesn’t take a genius to know how effective AD can be in a multifaceted role. Too bad they’ve been content to let him take so many hits between the hashes.

    No LB or DB will wanna take him on in space. What a luxury to have, for whoever the QB may be.

  18. Wafflestomp im wondering why so many packers are fixated on the vikings, it goes both ways trolls will be trolls no matter what franchise you like. And where did purple guy ever say it will be a success??

  19. Next you will hear from him is how he has the best hands in the league and he will have 1000 yds receiving to go along with the 2500 rushing yards. He is sounding more and more like TO every day.

  20. To clarify my previous post, though I thought your reading comprehension would be adequate enough.

    Fixation on the Packers (ie: Having a significant play or winning a game against the Packers.) as having some measure of overall success for your team.

    I used the above individual’s post as an example of a thousand I have read over the years.
    I once even read one, and I’ll paraphrase, that beating Green Bay twice in one season was more satisfying than a Super Bowl win.
    Not that this particular Viking fan would even know what that would feel like to even compare.

    As far as posters and trolls on either fans PFT articles, they are both bad.
    But, whether you want to admit it or not, the Viking fans are far worse.
    Take a simple count on two average articles from each team. I dare you.
    At least the Packer fans have a reason to crow.

  21. At last! A coaching staff that realizes they have a superstar RB who has been way under-used in the passing game. The Vikings will be much-improved this year under Zimmer, Turner et al., even not considering the injection of new talent. The Vikings are finally out from the shadows of the incompetent Tice, Childress and Frazier!

  22. The first problem with this grand idea is that someone has to throw him the ball, with the QB situation in Minnesota, that’s easier said than done. The second problem is that if this is such a great idea, why does anyone on the Viking coaching staff want to advertise this before the season starts? Logically, wouldn’t you increase your chance of success if you never mentioned it?

    Now the Father of the Year might catch more passes in 2014 than he did in 2013 but will that translate to more wins, like 6 wins instead of 5?

  23. Adrian’s career, stellar as it has been, has been hampered by ineptitude at the QB position, and an incompetent coaching staff.
    I hope Bridgewater is the real deal. If so, Adrian will present a whole new level of problems for opposing defenses.
    It’s about time.

  24. So the previous coaching staffs couldn’t trust AP to catch the ball indoors, but now he’s going to catch them all outdoors in November and December. Color me skeptical.

  25. This will work out just like it did for the Lions during the Barry Sanders era.
    Barry could not pass block, catch or run pass patterns. It will be interesting to see if AP will adapt.

  26. My Minnesota Vikings = Elite Quarterback Play

    That’s why ol’ Norv is licking his chops, getting tricky, going all Madden on us.

    He sees the diamonds in the rough taking snaps from center.

    #SKOLPonderWillShockTheWorld

  27. There’s a reason coaching staffs haven’t been throwing him the ball.

    He’s not a good pass catcher, all the way back to OU. He’s also a terrible blocker. He’s a liability on passing downs period, but he’s a darn good hammer back.

  28. Who’s Eddie Lacy? He was the O-ROY last year and a division champion. I understand that both of those things are completely foreign to you and likely will be for quite a long time.

  29. Packer fans are just mad that AP would walk in and start at LT. It’s going to be awesome when they fall from grace, there isn’t a fan base on earth more deserving of a losing record than the packers.

  30. Who’s Eddie Lacy??? Ummm, I think he was NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year last season, so yeah, just a guy, nobody’s heard of, all the better I guess! 😉

  31. Yea if he can hold onto the ball and not fumble it like in nfc championship vs saints i can see it now peterson catches a pass then gets killed by clay matthews the best linebacker in the nfl just face it he doesnt have to many good seasons left in front of him he should leave minnesota sign enwith green bay win a super bowl then retire with a real team thats the only way he will get a ring or i hear budg
    Grant has a few losing super bowl he might wanna sell im just waiting for teddy bustwater to get his bell rang then he will hold his hand up for a substitution i hire josh freeman is still looking 4 a job vikings have always been good at drafting good pieces to the puzzle but not qbs randy moss he made one of the crappiest qb’s in the league a pro bowler but come playoff time choke city if brett favre would have played with moss in his prime easily packers win another 2 or 3 super bowls

  32. Viking fans need to worry about the 2014 schedule theres a good chance vikes open up season 0-6 maybe 1-5 rams,patriots,saints, packers,falcons, and then the lions

  33. Packer fans: go ahead and say we suck at your own peril. This team is by far better equipped to win than previous regimes since Denny Green. And our talent level exceeds Greenbay’s at every position except one. And I would not trade TB even up for Erin obviously because of the age factor and the potential talent level that we may very well have now. Read ’em and weep Packer fans. I fear Chicago waaay more than Erin and the hairdo.

  34. Viking coaches like what Peterson can bring to the game but realize there first round pick Akili Smith 2.0 is a bust. Christian Ponder a Bust. They should just start cassell and hope to land top pick next year. At least he played under Brady a winning quarterback

  35. Viking fans need to worry about the 2014 schedule theres a good chance vikes open up season 0-6 maybe 1-5 rams,patriots,saints, packers,falcons, and then the lions.

    and packer fans just have to be annoyed at being the odds on super bowl pick (2-1 odds right now) and getting bounced in the first round due to losing 9 starters to hamstring injuries.

  36. Who’s Eddie Lacy? He was the O-ROY last year and a division champion. I understand that both of those things are completely foreign to you and likely will be for quite a long time.

    division champ at 8-8 the league is quaking in their boots. not that it matters much, what if erin goes down week 2, and their backup week 3?

  37. I like that picture above because he looks so surprised that the ball isn’t laying on the ground.

    Peterson said he’s had trouble in the passing game for the past couple of years because of Christian Ponder’s canon-like arm.

    canon is a brand of camera. i think you mean cannon. no schools in green bay?

  38. Yea if he can hold onto the ball and not fumble it like in nfc championship vs saints i can see it now peterson catches a pass then gets killed by clay matthews the best linebacker in the nfl.

    not only is mathews not the best, has he played a whole season yet? nice picks wearing that club on his hair

  39. 4 more years of losing, a waste of talent in AP, another hope and prayer of a rookie QB, Vikings fans calling for the GM’s head and the honeymoon for Zimmer is over quickly. As a Packer fan, I’ve said for several years that the biggest problem for this team was Rick Spielman, just like I said Jerry Angelo was the reason the Bears sucked. I though Brad Childress and Tomlin are decent coaches and didn’t deserve the firings. Spielman is the problem. I actually want the Vikings to be better. The Packers will get better with better competition.

  40. Amazed that the Packer fans have stopped dancing on the grave of Adrian Peterson’s son long enough to comment on here.

  41. AP 2013 STATS
    279 ATT
    1,266 YDS
    4.5 AVG
    10 TD
    29 REC

    Eddie Lacy 2013 STATS
    284 ATT
    1,178 YDS
    4.1 AVG
    11 TD
    35 REC

    That’s Eddie Lacy, Mr Massengail(GenXJay)

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    You can love all the stats you want. But, nobody outside of Green Bay or Alabama think Lacy is in a similar class of RB as Peterson. I doubt Lacy saw one single 8 man front all season, let alone 9 in the box. Peterson facing 6 and 7 man fronts would average at least 5 yards per carry. Anybody that has 3 brain cells knows that.

  42. What? No Teddy ‘Hands Too Small’ Bridgewater comments yet?

    You clowns are falling down on the job.

  43. Lacy and Peterson are different backs. No question !!! Lacy is the grinder, punishing back.
    Peterson is athletic, make you miss, with speed and power. They are not comparable, however they fit each others offensive schemes well. Especially for the Vikings as they have no QB to depend on.

  44. Kevin,
    Why does Peterson see 8 and 9 man fronts ???
    Answer that ! And if you can’t, I will !!
    It’s because your beloved Vikings are 1 dimensional. You have no QB or WR’s that the other teams respect, plus we know what 80% of your offensive game plan is, run AP. And he’s fantastic, one of the all time bests. But that’s all you got and when he leaves, your Vikings will be in one world of hurt. Of course there’s always a top 3 draft pick to get excited about.

  45. Wile E. Coyote (Vikings) often obtains complex and ludicrous devices from a mail-order company, the fictitious Acme Corporation (NFL Draft), which he hopes will help him catch the Road Runner (Packers). The devices (draft picks) invariably fail in improbable and spectacular ways. Whether this is result of operator error (coaching) or faulty merchandise (players) is debatable. The coyote (Vikings) usually ends up burnt to a crisp, squashed flat, or at the bottom of a canyon. Occasionally Acme products do work quite well such as the Dehydrated Boulders, Bat-Man Outfit, Rocket Sled, Jet Powered Roller Skates, or Earthquake Pills (Adrian Peterson). In this case their success often works against the coyote (fumbles against Saints). Other times he uses items that are implausible, such as a superhero outfit (Favre), thinking he could fly wearing it. He cannot. In the end, the Road Runner (Packers) always wins (NFL record 13 World Championships).

  46. Wile E. Coyote (Vikings) often obtains complex and ludicrous devices from a mail-order company, the fictitious Acme Corporation (NFL Draft), which he hopes will help him catch the Road Runner (Packers). The devices (draft picks) invariably fail in improbable and spectacular ways. Whether this is result of operator error (coaching) or faulty merchandise (players) is debatable. The coyote (Vikings) usually ends up burnt to a crisp, squashed flat, or at the bottom of a canyon. Occasionally Acme products do work quite well such as the Dehydrated Boulders, Bat-Man Outfit, Rocket Sled, Jet Powered Roller Skates, or Earthquake Pills (Adrian Peterson). In this case their success often works against the coyote (fumbles against Saints). Other times he uses items that are implausible, such as a superhero outfit (Favre), thinking he could fly wearing it. He cannot. In the end, the Road Runner (Packers) always wins (NFL record 13 World Championships).
    ==========
    Posts like this are why I read the Comments section! Very clever! Outstanding! Well done! And other superlatives too número to mention!

  47. None of this matters. Still 0-4 in the Super Bowl and will be at the end of this coming season, the season after that, then the season after that, ad infinitum.

  48. 12hawksfan1976 says: Jun 22, 2014 7:04 PM

    None of this matters. Still 0-4 in the Super Bowl and will be at the end of this coming season, the season after that, then the season after that, ad infinitum.
    ———————————————————-
    Congrats on your one season of success after multiple years of losing records. You still have a below .500 record in your franchise history. You’re basically this decades’ Tampa Bay Bucs. Congrats.

  49. Kevin Lanflisi’s Rosebud says:
    Jun 22, 2014 1:05 PM
    You can love all the stats you want. But, nobody outside of Green Bay or Alabama think Lacy is in a similar class of RB as Peterson. I doubt Lacy saw one single 8 man front all season, let alone 9 in the box. Peterson facing 6 and 7 man fronts would average at least 5 yards per carry. Anybody that has 3 brain cells knows that.
    Duh I am Viking fan I put words in people mouth
    The above was a response to a comment made
    Who is Eddie Lacy nothing was said about better than AP but I think the Rookie of the year is known to quite a few
    More Viking fan Wisdom

    leatherface2012 says:
    Jun 22, 2014 11:27 AM
    funny, since 1967 the vikings have had 5 o-roy . moss and peterson and harvin being 3 of the most recent. where are the gb names other than lacy?

    ROY yep translates into Superbowls right?
    Since 1960 the founding of the big game losers
    the Packers have won 8 Championships that includes 4 Super Bowls No Superbowls for the Vikings 1 Championship (Only reason It happened before the called it the Superbowl But still lost in the AFL -NFL Championship game
    Overall record Big Surprise Packers on Top
    54 2 48
    Largest Margin of Victory Whoops Packers again 45-7 2011
    I guess Championships aren’t as important to Viking Fans …Well you have to have something I suppose

    More wisdom from losers
    admiralgeneralaladeen says:

    Congrats on your one season of success after multiple years of losing records. You still have a below .500 record in your franchise history. You’re basically this decades’ Tampa Bay Bucs. Congrats.

    Can you believe it Expansion teams have won the Superbowl you haven’t the Seahawks aren’t has beens
    The Bucs hell last year you clowns thought a QB that got kicked off their team was better than what you had. Besides their Lombardi Trophy case is fuller than yours.
    It is funny a never was franchise fans have the audacity to call another franchise has beens.

  50. Wow a lot a packer fans sure spend a ton of time reading about the best player in the game. Notice there’s no headlines from that worthless state. Hahahha man GB what a joke

  51. Wow filthblaster, it was really impressive the way you you knew where to insert what words in that comment written by someone else that you stole from wherever. Really got your/someone else’s point across!

  52. Kevin Lanflisi’s Rosebud says:
    Jun 22, 2014 1:05 PM

    AP 2013 STATS
    279 ATT
    1,266 YDS
    4.5 AVG
    10 TD
    29 REC

    Eddie Lacy 2013 STATS
    284 ATT
    1,178 YDS
    4.1 AVG
    11 TD
    35 REC

    That’s Eddie Lacy, Mr Massengail(GenXJay)

    ——————————-

    You can love all the stats you want. But, nobody outside of Green Bay or Alabama think Lacy is in a similar class of RB as Peterson. I doubt Lacy saw one single 8 man front all season, let alone 9 in the box. Peterson facing 6 and 7 man fronts would average at least 5 yards per carry. Anybody that has 3 brain cells knows that.
    —————————————————————————————

    You do realize that Aaron Rodgers missed 8 games last year.
    Every time Lacy ran the football in the 2nd half of the season he faced 8 man fronts.
    That’s what was so impressive about his play last year.

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