Adrian Peterson worked out for the Patriots during visit

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That visit by Adrian Peterson to New England six days ago wasn’t just a visit. Via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, the future Hall of Fame running back worked out for the Patriots, too.

The team put Peterson through tests and drills, because (as Reiss writes) “they wanted to see [him] work.”

Reiss suggest that this “thwarts the theory” that coach Bill Belichick was “doing a favor for someone.” (Our view — or at least mine — was that they were sending a message to LeGarrette Blount.) It’s also fair to view the full-blown workout as an effort to make it look like it was something more than perfunctory, cementing the notion that the Patriots are truly interested in Peterson. So if the Patriots are truly interested in Peterson, then other teams should be truly interested in Peterson. Because the key to success as an NFL franchise is to do things like the Patriots.

Which is true. It’s just not so easy to replicate.

The former Viking has visited the Seahawks and Patriots. This week, he’ll meet with the Saints.

I still think he’ll eventually end up with the Packers.

69 responses to “Adrian Peterson worked out for the Patriots during visit

  1. i have two wishes: the team in turd bay signs peterson after all the cheeseheads called him Adrian Beatyourson for last two years. Then, he either 1) fumbles in a critical playoff game, or 2) misses a blitz pickup that gets erin “fumble 6” rodgers killed.

  2. Packers, huh? Maybe. If the price is right. It certainly wouldn’t be anything close to the $30+M the Vikings gave him to take vacations two out of the last three seasons.

  3. When my Packers sign AD, bikes that peddle backwards will become very popular.

  4. When will you people stop trying to predict what The Greatest Coach In Sporting History was, is, or about to do.

    He is cloaked in secrecy and its a futile pursuit.

  5. Belicheat signs DUI cheats, drafts murderers (yes I know hernandez didn’t do it yet, but his reputation from florida was awful), and works out child beaters.

    Very shameful from a classless franchise caught cheating.

  6. You think he did it out of spite? OK lift some stuff, now run up that hill, OK pick this stuff up and put it over there, now bring it back. Ok get outta here, we’ll call you.

  7. (Our view — or at least mine — was that I wanted to fabricate drama.)
    =====================================

    We know.

  8. My prediction is the Packers will never sign him for a multitude of reasons too many to list but I’ll try a few;

    1.) Packers run a majority of their offense from a shot gun formation, Peterson is best used in a I formation.

    2.) Packers value youth above all else, they would rather play a lesser talented player to develop their upside than sign a vet on his way out of the league.

    3.) Packers don’t over pay for any reason and I don’t care what Peterson wants for a contract but I’m willing to bet is far more than he deserves at this point in his career.

    4.) When it comes to the RB position, the Packers value ball security and blitz pick up, two areas where Peterson simply stinks.

    5.) The Packers also look to see how they fit into the locker room, Beatyourson is a child abuser and me too type guy, both tolerable for a lesser franchise like the Vikings but the Packers avoid these type of players.

  9. When will you people stop trying to predict what The Greatest Coach In Sporting History was, is, or about to do.

    He is cloaked in secrecy and its a futile pursuit.

    ****

    The rampant cheating will do that.

  10. .
    Of course the Patriots worked him out. Peterson is coming off knee surgery and no one really knows how it has affected his game. With regards to Blount, I’m certain that Belichick just looks at it as two random free agents, player A vs player B. Then he asks, which one gives us the better chance to win some games.
    .

  11. Then he asks, which one gives us the better chance to win some games.

    ******

    You mean which one gives us a better chance to cheat?

  12. I’m glad you think the Packers will sign him Florio, you’re rarely right.

    He can’t run out if the shotgun and he’s washed up.

  13. If I was AP, having made tons of money, and at the end of my career, I’d take a pay ct to play with the Patriots – to try and get a ring before I retire.

    Disclaimer: I’m a Jets fan

  14. Patriots are classless for thinking of signing this child abuser, but yet it’s part for the course for the patsies*

  15. Wow wib22….. 7 Super Bowls & 5 wins & you’re still playing the cheat card?? Bravo….. Take a bow… Or should I say a curtsy

  16. Wow wib22….. 7 Super Bowls & 5 wins & you’re still playing the cheat card?? Bravo….. Take a bow… Or should I say a curtsy

    ***

    how come polian, faulk, warner et all have all said that they cheated? A culture of cheating is rampant!

  17. Some sad and pathetic little children and science deniers behind their keyboards today.

    Lolz

  18. ***

    how come polian, faulk, warner et all have all said that they cheated? A culture of cheating is rampant!
    ———-
    I tend to believe it’s because they need to make excuses & look to blame others for their shortcomings rather than to hold themselves accountable…… Jealousy & envy breed contempt…. Look no further than what the other owners did in regards to air pressure in footballs…. The Pats have won 2 Super Bowls since that farce…..there is no cheating….anyone with half a brain stem knows that…..
    Do you believe everything the media tells you??? Do you not think the media has its own agenda & can’t be controlled to a certain extent….. The truth is boring, sensationalism sells & gets hits….

  19. cheeseisfattening says:
    Apr 9, 2017 2:42 PM
    When Eddie Lacy visited the Packer last month Mike McCarthy took him the the Sizzler.
    ///////////////////////////////

    Is that a fact? He took him to a Sizzler restaurant? Where, Omaha? Because that’s the closest one to Green Bay.

    Fake News.

  20. I doubt many Pats fans would take a pay cut if it would insure their team won the Superbowl that year. So don’t expect it of players.

  21. Polian, Faulk and Warner say the Pats cheated because they lost. Meanwhile the Packers are like the steelers. Usually good, seldom good enough. Packers have squadered the greatest QB talent since Marino. What a shame. Go ahead, stick to the system. While Super Bowl winners like Seattle, Denver and New England add FAs to the mix as needed.

  22. wib22-what was Tom Brady doing after he won the AFC Championship game? Was he up late partying and celebrating? No. He was up til 1:00am in the morning watching film of his upcoming Superbowl competitor. That’s what a cheater does right? They work harder, longer, study more film and try to improve their game even when they are considered the GOAT? Brady in the last few years has become a much more mobile QB. He has also gotten much better at the long ball. The way Brady cheats is a super strict diet with only an occasional avocado ice cream treat. He is the first guy into the facility and the last guy to leave. Bill Belichek’s mantra is “No Days Off!” So I guess if nobody else has that same work ethic and dedication-its so much easier to whine and complain about cheating. Instead maybe they could look at what BB and Brady are doing and try to emulate it as it is obviously working. Go cry me a river cause your team did not work as hard and/or paid too much for a star rather than maximizing the potential for a winning team by watching their budget like Bill.
    Bill plays chess and everyone else is playing checkers. Emulate instead of Denigrate and your team might have a chance too!

  23. mcboston = doesn’t matter they cheated, due to illegal spycams. SOrry, but that’s what the rule said.

    And BB isn’t infallible too, when the extra point rule cheated him out of a super bowl trip LOL!

  24. 7 Super Bowl Bowl trips in the last 15 yrs. Favorites again this year. Laugh it up chump.

  25. Oh by the way, McWibby. How many articles are you going to post your hatred of the Patriots today. Are they on your mind much? Do you dream about the Pats or just go to bed and wake up thinking about them? Your team sux and you are jealous.

  26. 250dollarnflowner says:
    Apr 9, 2017 4:37 PM
    …………..you sure have changed out tune on peterson! I wonder if frankie booth is excited too!?
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    Who’s excited? What was my “tune?” Why don’t you ask cheesey to confirm anything I may have said regarding Peterson over the course of the last several years.

    He keeps a dossier on me.

  27. wib22 says:
    Apr 9, 2017 2:29 PM
    Then he asks, which one gives us the better chance to win some games.
    ******
    You mean which one gives us a better chance to cheat?
    ___________________________________

    Boy oh Boy, Bill B and the Patriots REALLY are in your head, aren’t they? Keep trying, though. You may come to see the GREATNESS of the GOAT. I doubt it though. You don’t sound that smart!

  28. Yeah, taping signals in front of 70,000 people was really some serious cloak and dagger stuff. They were really trying to get away with something there. Even though the league tried to change the rule about where you can tape with a memo. Which they can’t do. Just because the league says the Pats were in violation doesn’t make it true. Deflategate proved that to most people with half a brain. If people want to believe that’s why their team lost, go right ahead, if it makes you sleep better in your team’s onesie. The Pats have proved time and time again they win because they’re better. Excuses are for LOSERS>

  29. The Packers don’t need a piece of garbage like Peterson.
    Green Bay’s rushed for more yards than the Barneys 4 out of the last 5 seasons despite the fact they’ve paid their RBs quarterback money.
    And that includes a season when the Packers had to convert a wide receiver to be their lead back due to injuries.
    Let that sink in, Ariana/Dahmer/250dollarowner or whatever name you’re going by today.

    Peterson’s going to to ask far more than he’s ever going to be worth.
    Not to mention, Green Bay will not bring a known cancer into the locker room, despite what Florio thinks.
    Ted Thompson will roll the dice with a mid round pick or rookie free agent with more upside.
    A big back to complement Montgomery.

  30. stellarperformance says:
    Apr 9, 2017 3:45 PM
    cheeseisfattening says:
    Apr 9, 2017 2:42 PM
    When Eddie Lacy visited the Packer last month Mike McCarthy took him the the Sizzler.
    ///////////////////////////////

    Is that a fact? He took him to a Sizzler restaurant? Where, Omaha? Because that’s the closest one to Green Bay.

    Fake News.
    —————–
    I guess you really got me AND you saved all your fellow Packer fans from believing that McCarthy really took Lacy out for food when he came to visit the Packers on his FA visit by calling it fake news. Lucky for them they have you to call that out.

  31. Yeah, taping signals in front of 70,000 people was really some serious cloak and dagger stuff. They were really trying to get away with something there. Even though the league tried to change the rule about where you can tape with a memo. Which they can’t do. Just because the league says the Pats were in violation doesn’t make it true. Deflategate proved that to most people with half a brain. If people want to believe that’s why their team lost, go right ahead, if it makes you sleep better in your team’s onesie. The Pats have proved time and time again they win because they’re better. Excuses are for LOSERS>

    ****

    they taped 40 teams from 2000-2007

    Patsies*

  32. First of all they didn’t tape 40 teams. 2nd, it wasn’t against the rules. 3rd, it still wasn’t against the rules when the league tried to change it with a memo. 4th, every team in every sport tries to steal signals, it’s unreliable, at best.. 5th, it was an overblown nothing by the league. Just like Bountygate and Deflategate. 6th, destroying the tapes was a red herring. JGlazer still shows his at parties with HEdwards mugging for the camera while they were trying to focus on the cheerleaders. Never seen an asterisk in any records book, and I never will. The cheater cult is just a bunch of children that got their lollipops taken away. Belichick and Brady are gonna go down as the GOATS, and the Pats are gonna go down as the greatest dynasty of all time. No matter what you do.
    Cry me a river.

  33. Vince Lombardi took a 1-10-1 team and turned them into an NFL Football juggernaut.
    In just 9 seasons, led by Bart Starr, the Packers would go on to post an 89-29 record.
    They would appear in 6 Title games, winning 5 Championships.

    Starr accomplished all this without the benefit of NFL rules tilted toward offenses and Quarterback protections.
    With all due respect to Belichick and Brady, Lombardi and Starr are, without a doubt, the greatest of all time.

  34. With all due respect, the Packers only had to compete against a handful of teams (14 teams then compared to 32 now) and, in the early years, had to win just 1 playoff game. It’s a lot more difficult to win it all now.

  35. Ernie adams and belicheat should be banned for making the NFL a cheating landscape
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    You should be banned for trolling and making a mockery of PFT.

  36. wib22 says:
    Apr 9, 2017 9:04 PM
    Ernie adams and belicheat should be banned for making the NFL a cheating landscape
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    Lol….MAKING the NFL a cheating landscape??? Do you even realize how foolish you actually sound??
    You my friend get the “Ignorance Is Bliss” award of the DECADE…. Heck, maybe even century…. Lol
    I laughed so hard when you decided to enlighten us all as to how lost you really are… Poor kid…. You are funny though, to that I will admit!!!! Keep up the fight buddy, no matter how futile it is…. Love to be entertained!!! Lol!!!

  37. wib22 says:
    Apr 9, 2017 5:44 PM

    The rampant cheating is there though, boston homers. How can you defend the spycams and contempt for other teams?
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    Although occasionally mentioned to this day by crybabies that was almost 10 years ago. A camera needed to be moved a few feet to comply with a poorly worded memo.

    The Patriots received a lesson in human nature when they told a petty tyrant that his memo was poorly worded. The Patriots were subsequently over punished when that petty memo writing tyrant got to also be the judge and the jury.

  38. wib22 says:
    Apr 9, 2017 9:04 PM

    Ernie adams and belicheat should be banned for making the NFL a cheating landscape

    ——————————————————————
    Roger Goodell should be banned for convincing all the willfully ignorant science denying sheep to believe that someone let air out of footballs.

    Anyone know when Roger Goodell plans on issuing that press release containing the PSI information that was collected during the 2015 season?

    It’s not like it’s a big secret any more that cold weather lowers the PSI in footballs. Intelligent people already did tests and posted the videos online. Anyone that can copy & paste can search for the following video online on the popular video site: “DEFLATE GATE & WHY SCIENCE SAYS THE PATRIOTS DID NOT TAMPER WITH FOOTBALLS”

  39. wib22 says:
    Apr 9, 2017 2:23 PM

    The rampant cheating will do that.

    —————————————————————
    Rampant stupidity has led fools to continue to post the “cheating” nonsense for several years now.

    The Bell Curve requires those individuals to occupy the left side of the curve.

    In the end that pesky science…is always there to contradict the opinions of the those stupid people.

  40. wib22 says:
    Apr 9, 2017 7:45 PM

    they taped 40 teams from 2000-2007

    ————————-

    The NFL only has 32 teams. You can look that up to check me on it.

    But I am sure they had film on every one of them because video taping was legal from 2000-2007. In fact, I am pretty sure they started long before 2000.

  41. You have to admit that even the patriots opponents accusing them of cheating is unusal right? Only cheats would be accused of that all the time

  42. Dearest little wibby, please accept my sincerest thanks for helping to populate the left side of the Bell Curve as without the little wibbys of the world, there would be no right side. Cheers.

  43. Claims of “cheating” become even more ridiculous when people must deny proven science and video evidence from tests to believe that the footballs were deflated by anything other than from cold and wet weather conditions.

  44. Don’t you have to win at historic levels to have people accuse you of cheating when you can’t beat them? The Patriots arrogance has played a role, yes, but isn’t that a huge part of the equation here?

    I notice the other teams that aren’t in a Super Bowl every other year are pretty much left alone. Coincidence?

  45. Patriots fans and intelligent fans of 31 other teams will continue to laugh at the clueless dupes who were gullible enough to believe that NFL football fields are exempt from the laws of physics.

    With all the video evidence that’s available online where footballs can be seen dropping PSI when put into refrigerators….those clueless dupes have to actually want to remain ignorant.

  46. “I still think he’ll eventually end up with the Packers.”

    Me too, Mike. Been saying it from the day Lacy left. Or was it when Olivia left?

  47. wib22 says:
    Apr 9, 2017 10:03 PM

    You have to admit that even the patriots opponents accusing them of cheating is unusal right? Only cheats would be accused of that all the time

    ———————————————————-
    Intelligent people expect the nimrods on the left side of the Bell Curve to be persistent in their stupidity.

  48. youknowiknowitall says:
    Apr 9, 2017 9:17 PM
    With all due respect, the Packers only had to compete against a handful of teams (14 teams then compared to 32 now) and, in the early years, had to win just 1 playoff game. It’s a lot more difficult to win it all now.
    ———–

    With all due respect, if the NFL gains a foothold in Europe and it winds up with as many as 50 teams, can we dismiss current accomplishments that only occurred with 32 teams?

    One could argue that, with only 14 teams, the NFL talent wasn’t as watered down as it is today.

  49. Explain this, if spygate meant nothing:

    Then the Patriots’ coach, Bill Belichick, the cheating program’s mastermind, spoke. He said he had merely misinterpreted a league rule, explaining that he thought it was legal to videotape opposing teams’ signals as long as the material wasn’t used in real time. Few in the room bought it. Belichick said he had made a mistake — “my mistake.”

    Now it was Goodell’s turn. The league office lifer, then 49 years old, had been commissioner just 18 months, promoted, in part, because of Kraft’s support. His audience wanted to know why he had managed his first crisis in a manner at once hasty and strangely secretive. Goodell had imposed a $500,000 fine on Belichick, a $250,000 fine on the team and the loss of a first-round draft pick just four days after league security officials had caught the Patriots and before he’d even sent a team of investigators to Foxborough, Massachusetts. Those investigators hadn’t come up empty: Inside a room accessible only to Belichick and a few others, they found a library of scouting material containing videotapes of opponents’ signals, with detailed notes matching signals to plays for many teams going back seven seasons. Among them were handwritten diagrams of the defensive signals of the Pittsburgh Steelers, including the notes used in the January 2002 AFC Championship Game won by the Patriots 24-17. Yet almost as quickly as the tapes and notes were found, they were destroyed, on Goodell’s orders: League executives stomped the tapes into pieces and shredded the papers inside a Gillette Stadium conference room.

  50. s:
    Apr 9, 2017 9:17 PM
    With all due respect, the Packers only had to compete against a handful of teams (14 teams then compared to 32 now) and, in the early years, had to win just 1 playoff game. It’s a lot more difficult to win it all now.
    ———————–
    Actually today’s NFL allows a far higher percentage of teams into the postseason.
    Giving more and more teams an opportunity to win Championships than in past seasons.

    In fact, some teams who’ve posted great seasons were kept out of the tournament as only the top teams from each division were allowed to compete.
    It’s all in how you look at it.
    But I don’t recall Lombardi or Starr embroiled in any cheating scandals.

  51. … can we dismiss current accomplishments that only occurred with 32 teams?
    ————
    My point was strictly numbers based. It wasn’t to dismiss anything other than the original poster’s “without a doubt” position. My point was that 1 of 14 is much more easily accomplished than (more than twice as likely as) 1 of 32 and that winning 1 playoff game was easier to do than winning 3 or 4 of them.

    As for the impacts of rules changes and questioning the pool of talent between then and now, strong arguments from each side can go on for days and, as such, are pointless.

  52. I don’t care if they go offiside, hold, pass interference, tape games, or deflate balls. (Whatever they do, or don’t do some official will administer a penalty for the infraction, or cheating, whatever you want to call it) just win.

    Nobody will ever be able to take away the highs of 4th quarter wins in two of the last Three Super Bowls. Family and friends in sports euphoria!! I don’t care what they do, those are the best times you could ever imagine!!! Maybe some day you other fans might be able to string 17 years of this and experience it!!

    Bill and Tom, keep doing whatever it takes and give us another February Sunday night celebration with family and friends!

    Good night all

  53. Bellichek has a speed fetish. Its the one thing he cannot coach. I believe he thinks everything else is coachable but speed is not.

    When he teaches he gives guidelines, you dont have to do it exactly but as long as the end result gets done.

    But with Peterson not getting signed he probably did not meet the coaches speed festish. Peterson’s time in something like the 3 cone drill, which probably shows how well he can make a cut, and something like a 10 or 15 yard run the averge length of most plays.

    He might be fast for a 32 year old, but that is not fast for a 22 year old.

    Also if Peterson just has top end speed that is not what he looks for, I think he wants said “Football is not a game of 40 yard sprints.” So it some other teams opinion he might still be plenty fast.

  54. Pretty typical article, yet I’d like to hear the explanation why you think he’ll end up on the Packers. Maybe I missed an article where you went over that.

  55. Wow wib22….. 7 Super Bowls & 5 wins & you’re still playing the cheat card?? Bravo….. Take a bow… Or should I say a curtsy

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    Your argument boils down to, “Well, if they’re cheating, how come they’re winning? Huh? Explain that!”

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