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Adrian Peterson: Marshawn Lynch the second-best back in league

PHOENIX - JANUARY 31:  (L-R) Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Year finalists wide receiver Dwayne Bowe of the Kansas City Chiefs, running back Marshawn Lynch of the Buffalo Bills, winner running back Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, tackle Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns and linebacker Patrick Willis of the San Francisco 49ers fields questions from the media during the press conference where Peterson accepts the Award prior to Super Bowl XLII at the Phoenix Convention Center on January 31, 2008 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Getty Images

Marshawn Lynch hasn’t played in nearly two months, and had 417 yards this season.

But Adrian Peterson said he thinks Lynch is still one of the top two backs in the league, with himself of course occupying the other spot.

“I remember coming out [of college] with him. We trained together in Arizona, and I knew he was going to be a force to be reckoned with,” Peterson said, via Ben Goessling of “He’s ‘Beast Mode’ for a reason: He’s a physical runner. He plays fast. His lateral movement, cuts, his vision is top of the line. Even though he didn’t play much this year, I would say he’s probably the second-best back in the league. I’d give it to him, hands-down.”

“I’m a guy with a little more speed. I don’t think he’s got the same jump-cut as me. But his lateral movement, his ability to get through guys is amazing.”

Peterson’s humility aside, both are also dealing with the effects of being older backs in the league. The Vikings running back missed practice again Thursday with a lower back injury but declared himself “ready to roll ” for Sunday, while his Seahawks counterpart is coming off sports hernia surgery and has missed the last seven weeks.

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24 Responses to “Adrian Peterson: Marshawn Lynch the second-best back in league”
  1. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Jan 8, 2016 6:48 AM

    Considering that AP is too dense to humblebrag, this is probably sincere. Not the worst hot taek I ever heard either.

    Good thing, too, last time Seattle saw Adrian Peterson, it didn’t go well for Matt Asiata and Jerrick McKinney… (AP didn’t see a lot of snaps in that total blowout.)

    I hope it doesn’t turn into a bulletin board thing, because #1 let us celebrate the one time the man opens his mouth and actual wisdom falls out, and #2 Shawn is coming back from an abdominal injury. Those suck. He just had surgery, I’m amazed he can tie his shoes let alone fully participate in practice.

  2. vikingforlife says: Jan 8, 2016 7:00 AM

    Peterson is a competitor, but I have also noticed through the years of watching him, that he always appreciates others’ talents and is the first to acknowledge them. People are so quick to judge his character, I really wish they would STOP. I also hope I am the first to go on record saying he will be the “back” that comes out ahead in this game!!! SKOL!!!!!!

  3. footballfan58 says: Jan 8, 2016 7:24 AM

    Nothing about Adrian Peterson impresses me. Nothing.

  4. dubblelznhell says: Jan 8, 2016 8:21 AM

    Shut up, Adrian.

  5. pervyspankspackfans says: Jan 8, 2016 8:47 AM

    You can hate on AD all you want,he is just stating the truth. Comes back from a knee injury to almost break the rushing record. Sat out last season and comes right in and wins the rushing title at 30. With an oline that is not really good. AD is a special player for sure.

  6. ben1332 says: Jan 8, 2016 9:43 AM

    Best back ever and magnanimous?
    Some guys have it all.

  7. conormacleod says: Jan 8, 2016 9:57 AM

    You can’t disputed anything he just said. And that bothers people, mostly because nobody here can say they are the best at something.

  8. spoiledsport99 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:11 AM

    Lynch ran his team to a super bowl win, should have won the second one too and a super bowl MVP also. Heart and soul of that team. What has AP done besides get stats, and be selfish? They are both good backs but if I’m a GM I’d take Lynch every day all day.

  9. brewdogg says: Jan 8, 2016 10:30 AM

    Whoa… From what I have heard coming out of Seattle, when comparing these two backs, calling Peterson selfish seems a tad hypocritical to me. And saying that Lynch ran the Seahawks to a SB is like saying Lewis ran the Ravens to SB XXXV….

  10. minson15 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:47 AM

    Adrian Peterson is the best back in the league hands down. Lynch and Bell are a close number 2 and 3. I can argue both sides of it, but either way I see these backs as top 3 in the league without another one close. Lynch has carried our team and has been the heart and soul of our team for a long time.

  11. atthemurph says: Jan 8, 2016 10:56 AM

    Fumblina needs a reality check. A 2nd down back who fumbles as often as he does isn’t the best back.

    He’s the best runner with the ball in his hands but that doesn’t make one the “best back”.

  12. rbreagan says: Jan 8, 2016 10:57 AM

    vikingforlife says:
    Jan 8, 2016 7:00 AM
    Peterson is a competitor, but I have also noticed through the years of watching him, that he always appreciates others’ talents and is the first to acknowledge them. People are so quick to judge his character, I really wish they would STOP. I also hope I am the first to go on record saying he will be the “back” that comes out ahead in this game!!! SKOL!!!!!!

    Hahaha. Takes a real big man to complement someone else by saying they are good, but not as good as me. This guy gets it.

  13. vikingforlife says: Jan 8, 2016 11:41 AM

    rbreagan: So, now you bash him for stating the OBVIOUS???? AP is the best back in the league, by saying otherwise he would be lying, and someone would call him out on that that! Give me a break! Get a life and let this man get on with his. People are pathetic who won’t let this crap go!!!! Remember, he did get the rushing title this year (again!) which means once again, he is the BEST!!!! SKOL!!!!

  14. tokyosandblaster says: Jan 8, 2016 11:57 AM

    I’d agree. Jamaal Charles is number 1, Lynch is #2. After that it’s a tossup between Foster, Murray, McCoy.


  15. tremoluxman says: Jan 8, 2016 12:06 PM

    Given the weather conditions and these two RBs, Sunday’s game is going to be in their hands. Let’s call it ‘Hammer Time’ because whichever team pounds the other into submission will win.

    I wouldn’t want to be on either defense trying to stop them. *ouch*

  16. purplepackerhater says: Jan 8, 2016 12:09 PM

    Hate his personality/parenting skills all you want, you can’t deny the facts. He is the best rb right now by every individual measureable. Games, including SB’s, are won by teams not individuals.

    Lynch, Charles and Bell are in the 2-4 range. Look out for Gurley though, he could sneak into that range next season if the Rams get any kind of passing offense going to complement him.

  17. sbdt says: Jan 8, 2016 12:56 PM

    Always good to dip in to the comments section & see what the experts have to say.

  18. popcreeps says: Jan 8, 2016 1:33 PM

    Marshawn Lynch is only going to be there so he doesn’t get fined. 100% vinegar and water.

  19. conormacleod says: Jan 8, 2016 1:54 PM

    Missed a year. Came back. Lead the league in rushing yards and TD’s.

    Does that qualify as “the best”? Yes. Yes it does.

  20. minneanderthals says: Jan 8, 2016 2:47 PM

    Meh. If Bell and Charles didn’t miss so much time, they’d have easily been the better backs.

    Lynch is probably 3rd, Peterson 4th.

  21. Marshawn Lunch says: Jan 8, 2016 4:28 PM

    Lynch is definitely the personification of the toughness Seattle likes to show on the field. He runs over and through people to get every last yard. I think that is the heart and soul of the Seahawks.

    But did he “run the Seahawks into the superbowl?” I don’t think so. He was a huge part of it. But it was Lynch, that 2013 defense, and Russell Wilson working as a TEAM that got the Seahawks the superbowl 48 ring. The 2014 defense let Tom Brady score too many 4th quarter points and THAT is why the Seahawks don’t have a second superbowl ring. People can say what they want about passing it on 2nd and goal to win Superbowl 49, but Tom Brady’s 4th quarter play won that game. In 2015 Russell Wilson has emerged as much MUCH more than a game manager (he always was more, but now there is a wealth of game tape that displays the fact) and now Lynch just needs to run when called upon to run. The Seahawks can win on the ground AND in the air. This really shows the maturation of Darrell Bevell and the much improved play of the offensive line.

    This is football. A TEAM sport.

    Go Hawks!!!

  22. kitz626 says: Jan 8, 2016 5:21 PM

    They were drafted the same year only lynch has only been relevant for the last 4 years or so and before lunch Chris Johnson was the 2nd best back in the league.

  23. skawh says: Jan 8, 2016 8:37 PM

    I’m just glad beast is back! We’ll see whose “best” come Sunday when it’s ‘win or go home’

    Here’s hoping Bevell doesn’t change his pattern of play calling the past 6 weeks and revert to his old play calling ways of running on first and second down leaving a 3rd and 8 giving the defense a free hand to rush the QB. Stay unpredictable and Seattle has a chance to get a win in the cold!

    May the best team win!

  24. marvin1958 says: Jan 9, 2016 8:29 AM

    So much for that, huh skawh?

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