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Adrian Peterson not freaking out about his latest starting quarterback

FILE - In this July 29, 2016, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is shown during the first day of the NFL teams training camp at Mankato State University in Mankato, Minn. A federal appeals court has ruled that the NFL was within its rights when it suspended Vikings star Adrian Peterson in 2014 after he was charged with child abuse. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016,  that an arbitrator acted appropriately by upholding Commissioner Roger Goodell’s suspension of Peterson for six games. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King, File) AP

No matter whether it’s Shaun Hill or Sam Bradford, the quarterback who hands it to Adrian Peterson Sunday will be the 12th starter he’s taken handoffs from with the Vikings.

So the way he looks it, his job stays the same in the wake of the season-ending injury to Teddy Bridgewater.

“Unfortunately, it’s a different type of situation that [Teddy] got hurt,” Peterson said, via Ben Goessling of ESPN.com. “But that doesn’t change what you bring to the game and what you do as an individual player and how you contribute to the offense.”

After last week’s preseason game (before Bradford arrived) Peterson said he took it upon himself to pick up the slack.

“To be honest with you, I always look at it as, I carry my load,” Peterson said last week. “Shaun will do a great job for us, and I have confidence in him and what he is able to do in the passing game. I feel like we will have a balanced offense.”

Of course, it hasn’t really been balanced, unless you think about the year Brett Favre got him his only playoff win. They thought that was changing before Bridgewater’s injury, but Peterson said it didn’t change his outlook.

“We have an opportunity,” he said. “It is very unfortunate to have the [Bridgewater] injury happen. It takes a team to win a championship, so we are still chasing the same thing.”

They’re just chasing it in a far different way than they planned, even if it’s a way that’s all too familiar to the 31-year-old running back.

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38 Responses to “Adrian Peterson not freaking out about his latest starting quarterback”
  1. Uptown Vike Fan says: Sep 7, 2016 12:28 PM

    The more I hear from AD, the more I think he is really a selfish player and I’m actually looking forward to when he is no longer on the team. He doesn’t exactly “carry his load.” His load is more than just carry the ball while QB is under center. His load also includes:

    – carrying the ball while QB is in shotgun formation
    – blocking for the QB
    – catching short passes

    If he would have taken the time and care to focus on other aspects of his game, maybe we’d have won a Super Bowl.

  2. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 7, 2016 12:34 PM

    Has anyone told him yet that they traded for Sam Bradford?

  3. hawksfansince77 says: Sep 7, 2016 12:34 PM

    No need to switch your game plan.

  4. joeflaccoallday says: Sep 7, 2016 12:36 PM

    Man I feel bad for AP, the Calvin Johnson treatment seems to be happening

  5. sixringslikeatelephone says: Sep 7, 2016 12:41 PM

    Adrian went home, walked into the backyard, and started picking out switches.

  6. packsupersoldier says: Sep 7, 2016 12:44 PM

    Of course not, he’s been through 15-20 starting quarterbacks already, what’s two more?

  7. ariani1985 says: Sep 7, 2016 12:45 PM

    Going to be a long day for Jake the turtle ryan come week 2!

  8. bobthebillsfan says: Sep 7, 2016 12:48 PM

    12 starting QBs in what, 9 years? Wow. I know some were due to injury, but still, 12? Geesh.

  9. h0metownzero says: Sep 7, 2016 12:49 PM

    He’s not freaking out because the Vikings are a one man team, and that one man is not the QB.

  10. contra74 says: Sep 7, 2016 12:50 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Sep 7, 2016 12:34 PM
    Has anyone told him yet that they traded for Sam Bradford?
    —-
    It must be hard for packer fans to come up with new material now that they can’t talk about hand size or gloves.

  11. mogogo1 says: Sep 7, 2016 12:51 PM

    Usually it’s the fans who have unrealistic expectations but this Bradford deal shows how bad things can get when it’s the front office being out-of-touch with reality. They missed badly on two points: They thought this was their year and they thought Bradford could take a team all the way.

    Things will be looking really ugly come next draft when Bradford will have proven to be Sam Bradford and they’ll be without a first round pick. That pick could have been Bridgewater’s replacement if rehab wasn’t going well or the piece they needed to make a run assuming rehab was going great. But they’re going to sorely miss that pick either way.

  12. RegisHawk says: Sep 7, 2016 12:54 PM

    “I got enough HGH in me to cover both positions!”

  13. mnvikes1961 says: Sep 7, 2016 12:55 PM

    Here’s to the new and improved O-line busting huge holes for him.

    Let’s get this season started already!

  14. HankTheDog says: Sep 7, 2016 1:01 PM

    Why should he care? All he is about is trying to break Emmitt Smith’s rushing record. He couldn’t care less about winning a title.

  15. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 7, 2016 1:04 PM

    contra74 says:
    Sep 7, 2016 12:50 PM
    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Sep 7, 2016 12:34 PM
    Has anyone told him yet that they traded for Sam Bradford?
    —-
    It must be hard for packer fans to come up with new material now that they can’t talk about hand size or gloves.

    ——–

    If I were you, I’d enjoy the last few days before the start of the season. There’s still a a lot of hope out there.

    But, since you asked, I think we’re going to have a lot of fun talking about how you overpaid for Bradford. And then there is always the AD is over the hill talk – that should be starting any day now. Plus, the likely poor play of your overpaid OL. Lots of material to work with. Don’t worry about us.

  16. sirmetaphor says: Sep 7, 2016 1:06 PM

    Just hold onto the ball AP. In the biggest games of his career he loses focus and loses fumbles.

  17. jjackwagon says: Sep 7, 2016 1:08 PM

    Imagine how good AP could have been if the Vikings had a franchise QB under center all this time.

  18. Uptown Vike Fan says: Sep 7, 2016 1:10 PM

    Oh yeah, add:

    – don’t fumble the football

    to my list. Thanks, Sirmetaphor.

  19. jackedupboonie says: Sep 7, 2016 1:14 PM

    If only Favre had stuck around another year or 2…

  20. filthymcnasty3 says: Sep 7, 2016 1:15 PM

    I’ve never really struggled to come up with new comedic material on the Vikings. That’s Rick’s job, and he’s really good at it.

  21. j3holden says: Sep 7, 2016 1:19 PM

    We are a playoff team with Shaun Hill and with Bradford healthy I think when he gets the offense down, we can get to Houston. I’m tired of hearing about the draft picks and people freaking out. Why waste a year with a top 5 talented defense, young star receivers, and AP on a possible decline!? This will be a great TEAM this year… All the people freaking out about Bradford are the same ones who said Teddy sucks too… But now he goes down and we go from SB contenders to an 8-8 team?! GTFO!!!!

  22. Frazier28/7 says: Sep 7, 2016 1:20 PM

    enjoy it while you can packer fans, the truth about your team will be revealed soon for all to see!

    the jaguars are going to pass all over that secondary
    the vikings are going to run all over the middle of that defense.

    the packers are a one man team and everyone knows that, the vikings are a team built with all 22 starters playing together and everyone knows it.

  23. Indybear says: Sep 7, 2016 1:26 PM

    Said Peterson, “I don’t care who is under center. I can fumble to ball no matter who hands it to me”.

  24. tonyzendejas says: Sep 7, 2016 1:34 PM

    Maybe AP can carry the ball 23 times for 45 yards in a lost playoff game again this year???

  25. fmc651 says: Sep 7, 2016 1:35 PM

    Frasier ,
    the packers are a one man team and everyone knows that, the vikings are a team built with all 22 starters playing together and everyone knows it.

    ))))))))))))))))))))

    packer fans know they would be in competition for the first pick in the draft if AR went down. And some are honest enough to tell you this. I know because a friend did just that. Anyone doubt it just look at last year when a WR went down the whole team collapsed.
    From November 1st to the end of the year they went 4-6. And one of those games they won was the Lions games.

  26. milkcan44 says: Sep 7, 2016 1:46 PM

    frazier28/7:
    I agree the ILBs for Packers defense has to prove themselves, but the secondary???
    Since you are so ill-informed, inform yourself with what the actual scouts say.
    And….the Packers have a 1st Round CB, drafted lower than all of yours…..WHO ACTUALLY PLAYS !! instead of sitting behind guys who are also collecting Social Security.

  27. mogogo1 says: Sep 7, 2016 1:58 PM

    “All the people freaking out about Bradford are the same ones who said Teddy sucks too…”
    _________

    Actually, the majority of the ones talking are the ones who figured out already when he was with the Rams that Bradford wasn’t ever going to be all that. How that guy manages to get team after team after team to overvalue him is a mystery.

    He’s the football equivalent to the old frequently broken down sports car that some kid overpaid for 5 years but three owners later it’s still selling for the same price because the paint still looks good.

  28. pkrlvr says: Sep 7, 2016 2:44 PM

    Anyone doubt it just look at last year when a WR went down the whole team collapsed.
    ——
    Isn’t it ironic that when the Packers make it to overtime in the second round it’s a collapse but when the Vikes fail to win even one playoff game they are on the come up, just because they made the playoffs. What a deluded fan base.

  29. mnvikes1961 says: Sep 7, 2016 2:45 PM

    h0metownzero says:
    Sep 7, 2016 12:49 PM

    He’s not freaking out because the Vikings are a one man team…

    _______________

    Who else finds this hysterical?

  30. lambeaudungbarn says: Sep 7, 2016 2:51 PM

    Sam had the highest percentage of completions the second half og the season last year, He also had the HIGHEST season long percentage of receiver drops! Add them tipping them for interceptions, and you get the drift of what he is able to do!
    By the 3rd game he should be firmly entrenched..
    I honestly feel he will be better in Turners Offense, once the deep ball TD’s AP will rip people apart.
    I think this is an upgrade to the position, that is comparing to Teddy’s play last year, Also according to team sources, (Mike W.) It looks doubtful for Teddy next year too, at least for the 1st 1/3rd of the Season. Plus we have no guarantee he will be back after the ACL and OTHER structural damage.
    Once Bradford gets up to speed, he won’t be a downgrade of the position.

  31. mnvikes1961 says: Sep 7, 2016 2:55 PM

    pkrlvr says:
    Sep 7, 2016 2:44 PM
    ——
    Isn’t it ironic that when the Packers make it to overtime in the second round it’s a collapse but when the Vikes fail to win even one playoff game they are on the come up, just because they made the playoffs. What a deluded fan base.

    ___________________

    Let’s see…
    1st Round; You Played the Red Skins. Enough said.

    Round 2; You played the Cardinals with a QB with an injured finger on his throwing hand and who was declining with each game played thereafter. What happened in the AZ game prior? You don’t have to answer that- we all saw the epic melt-down.

  32. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 7, 2016 3:20 PM

    mogogo1 says:
    Sep 7, 2016 12:51 PM

    Things will be looking really ugly come next draft when Bradford will have proven to be Sam Bradford and they’ll be without a first round pick. That pick could have been Bridgewater’s replacement if rehab wasn’t going well or the piece they needed to make a run assuming rehab was going great. But they’re going to sorely miss that pick either way.
    _____

    If rehab isn’t going well, I’d rather have a competent, experienced quarterback to lead a team that’s ready to win now than a late first round rookie.

    If rehab is going well and the one piece they need is a late first round pick, they have enough picks that they can trade for one.

  33. purenflfan says: Sep 7, 2016 3:34 PM

    Everyone is focusing on the wrong issues. Last year Vikes oline gave up the most pressures of any one in the league. Fortunately for them they also had the #1 ranked QB while operating under pressure so they were still able to hold the ball and move the chains.

    Bradford under last years conditions would habe been toast. Vikes better hope this oline is nothing like last years otherwise they are cooked.

  34. shaggytoodle says: Sep 7, 2016 3:58 PM

    contra74 says:
    Sep 7, 2016 12:50 PM
    It must be hard for packer fans to come up with new material now that they can’t talk about hand size or gloves.
    ________________________
    So you must be REALLY over all those “Erin Rodgers” or “Clay Matthew is on something” for the last half decade, on GB posts then.

  35. jbdvks says: Sep 7, 2016 4:14 PM

    Squeeze the rock AD…….squeeze the rock

  36. purplepackerhater says: Sep 7, 2016 4:19 PM

    Unless the vikes do a 180, the pick will be a LATE first rounder, which may not even start NEXT YEAR. We got a starting QB with high upside that will start THIS YEAR. I’d say that’s a smart trade.

    Everyone wants to count Bradford out, he was a #1 overall pick for a reason. And he went to bad teams because he was the #1 pick. He also had injury issues. He was traded around to other dysfunctional teams and never given any kind of stability.

    The Vikings are a far better team than the Rams and Eagles. If Bradford recaptures his mojo the Vikes could EASILY make a deep playoff run.

  37. Frazier28/7 says: Sep 7, 2016 6:52 PM

    Randall doesn’t play in the inside of the packer defense. Their fans should be very concerned with the middle of the starting front seven, especially if they have an injury to mike daniels, it could be extremely easy to run on them. Jake Ryan and a rookie named Martinez, seriously? That’s their inside linebackers, yikes. Guion is a Viking reject and the other guy is a rookie. After mike daniels the inside of that defense could be a huge problem. Randall is an outside corner and their safeties give up more big plays then they make. It’s not a super bowl caliber defense.

  38. packmad1 says: Sep 7, 2016 8:48 PM

    Wide Left sums up all you need to know about the Vikes.

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