Adrian Peterson leading teammates in summer workouts

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Despite being suspended and unhappy for much of the offseason, running back Adrian Peterson has assumed a leadership role with the Vikings in recent weeks.

With the team off until the start of training camp, Peterson has brought teammates including wide receiver Mike Wallace and running back Jerick McKinnon with him to Houston for workouts with his longtime personal trainer. Peterson has always shown up to camp in top shape, and he says the intense offseason workouts are the reason.

“[It’s] a lot of strength work as well,” Peterson told ESPN. “I do so much different stuff, whether it’s track workouts, on the field, hill workouts, running three miles, exercise with the full-body workout. Whatever the trainer throws out there in front of us, it’s a challenge. I’m always trying to accomplish that challenge.”

Returning to form at the age of 30, after missing all but one game last year, will be a very big challenge. Peterson is working hard to show he’s up to it.

81 responses to “Adrian Peterson leading teammates in summer workouts

  1. I think we have all learned by now not to bet against AP. I can only imagine the fire he has in him to excel this coming year after missing a year.

  2. The Vikings are annoying, their team, their fan base, their ugly jerseys, their failed OC and their bust QB. It would be nice to seem them move to the CFL a league much more fitting for a team that has failed to win a championship after 54 years and 27 pathetic playoff attempts. Go Away!

  3. Hard to believe Peterson is 30 already. Seems like yesterday when he as a rookie tore up the Chargers to set the single game rushing record.

  4. Hopefully he can return to the form 2012, when he enstills fear into the opposing defense. I think thats a major part of his game, he gets in such a groove it beats the defense mentally. When everyone questioned his return from acl he ran angry at the world for doubting him. After being suspended nearly a season, will be interesting to see if he has the same mentality.

  5. He’s going to erupt this year. Dude is an animal, won’t miss a beat. The rest will be great for him.

  6. calvinthegreat82 says:
    Jun 27, 2015 9:19 PM

    The Vikings are annoying, their team, their fan base, their ugly jerseys, their failed OC and their bust QB. It would be nice to seem them move to the CFL a league much more fitting for a team that has failed to win a championship after 54 years and 27 pathetic playoff attempts. Go Away!
    ……………………………………………………………………….
    Truly said by a fan of the only team in the League
    worse than the Browns for the last Generation.
    With the Logo Colored by a 4 yr old.
    Peterson is back, fear him….
    Lions will be last in the NFCN again where they belong

  7. Its great to have a star like Peterson to be able to watch on Sundays. The Vikings now have a few stars to go along with Peterson, Wallace, Griffen, Floyd, Barr, Smith, Rhodes.

    To bad the Packers only having two stars on their current team as stated by Aaron Rodgers himself (assuming he counts himself as a star.)

    “There’s only been a few guys around here who’ve had that charisma: Charles [Woodson], Julius [Peppers], Greg [Jennings] always had it as a young player. But there’s very few guys that really ‘get it’.”

  8. The 2014 Minnesota Vikings: 0-7 against teams with a .500 or better record.
    1-5 against the NFC North and nobody fears this talentless team.

    In fact, the Vikings could have swept the Packers last year and still would have ended up in 3rd place.

    Enjoy selling out your integrity and morals to cheer on a child abuser.
    And for what? For another 7 win season.
    Hope it’s worth it.

  9. Peterson’s time has come and gone. In his prime, he was unable to get his team to even sniff a Super Bowl appearance, and now he’s old and slow with bad knees.

    It’s the destiny of the Minnesota Vikings to take their proper place in the cellar of the NFC North in 2015. They’ll have to look so far up to see their arch-rival Green Bay Packers, they’ll get neck cramps.

  10. I thought the trolls to the east told us that AP was going to be a locker room cancer…

    As usual, they were wrong.

  11. Quit ripping on AP!!! He did his time, he learned from it. MOVE ON PEOPLE!!!! And as for you Packer fans, just accept that the Vikings arn’t the “seller dweller” team anymore. We have great young talent in Teddy, Rhodes, Floyd, Patterson, Barr, Kendrick’s, Smith, Waynes, McKinnon, and Griffin. With am angry Adrian Peterson coming back and the trade for star Mike Wallace. With all of that and a much improved line, we will contend. Now let’s look at who the Packers have- an aging Aaron Rodgers………. hmmmm i wonder after he retires who is going to be the “cellar dwellers?”

  12. Not sure which AP we’ll see this year. His true value will be determined in thousands of fantasy football drafts within the next 2 months. Probably looking at the 10th rb off the board because quite frankly not sure what your going to get with him.

  13. Peterson will be fine. The roster is improving and there’s hope teddy is a franchise guy. Good time to be a Vike fan.

    Go Pack!

  14. AP will run for over 1,800 yards & double digit TDs, BOOK IT. We will never be able to visually see his year off in his play. The guy is a human freak & might be the 2nd or 3rd best RB in the league even after a year off. Although what he did to his son is unforgivable, since the NFL has decided he’s earned his reinstatement, hating him isn’t gonna make a difference so in AP’s case so we might as well sit back & enjoy the best pure runner in today’s NFL.

  15. cheeseisfattening says:

    Its great to have a star like Peterson to be able to watch on Sundays. The Vikings now have a few stars to go along with Peterson, Wallace, Griffen, Floyd, Barr, Smith, Rhodes.

    To bad the Packers only having two stars on their current team as stated by Aaron Rodgers himself (assuming he counts himself as a star.)

    ————————————————————-

    You must not be very impressed with things like, you know, Super Bowl victories and winning seasons. Stuff like that.

    Enjoy your stars.

  16. “Meanwhile, Eddie Lacey leading teammates in summer cookouts.”

    At least spell his name correctly. As your mother would tell you….”Anything worth lying about, is worth lying well about.”

  17. I can’t believe a lions fan is ripping the Vikings !!!! The Lions are perennial losers and have just recently put together a competitive team which won’t last long.Put your Detroit hat back on your football IQ is showing!!!

  18. @Beerbratscheese

    Thank you for being original. While I’m a Vikings fan and don’t love seeing AP get ripped, I can appreciate a clever word play. Much better than most of the nards that try to be funny “oh he’s whipping them into shape”.

  19. gtodriver says: “I thought the trolls to the east told us that AP was going to be a locker room cancer…”

    ////////////////

    I wasn’t aware that the season had already started! It’s hard to be a locker room cancer if there’s nobody in the locker room.

  20. This thread quickly sunk into an intra-divisional pissing contest…

    AP will be AP with a touch of a nasty edge. The way Teddy was tossing in at season’s end would make a good start to an offense with a fully-engaged & healthy AP.

    Patterson is the weakest link.

  21. johnnyjagfan says:

    This thread quickly sunk into an intra-divisional pissing contest…

    ———————————————————

    ALL NFCN threads do.

    And no, my team isn’t in the NFCN.

  22. As a long time fan of the Vikings I am sick of hoping. That said, the roster and coaching looks extremely promising. It’s looked that way before too, but nothing really to show for it. Even the highlight seasons ended badly. Can it change?

    I lost respect for Peterson well before the switching incident. He was talking to Jerra last offseason about moving to Dallas. Sure, it’s great when he breaks one and runs wild but I wish he was somewhere else. Low character and entitled.

    No respect for the GB QB; his ego is both massive and fragile, all at the same time. Good coach up there. As for the rest of the division, Fox is a winner and will improve the Bears. I expect Minnesota to contend for the division, but they have not really proved anything yet. We’ll see.

  23. I can’t believe a lions fan is ripping the Vikings !!!! The Lions are perennial losers and have just recently put together a competitive team which won’t last long.Put your Detroit hat back on your football IQ is showing!!!

    ______________________________________

    Just cuz his name is “calvinthegreat” doesn’t mean he’s a Lion’s fan, click his name and it reveals he doesn’t like the Lions…..you were saying about IQ, sl0w Vikings fan!

  24. calvinthegreat82 is not a Lions fan by any means. Check countless former posts of his for proof.

    I hope AP returns with a vengeance, I hope Calvin returns to dominance. Lots of hatred in the NFCN and plenty of stars to back up the big talk, unless ofcourse, your team is the Bears.

  25. Yes yes Vikings fans you have it right — the Packers are ver the hill.

    Pay no attention to that leaky ship in green and gold.

    Focus all your attention on the Bears and Loins — that’s where you’ll find the competition in the North.

    Heck, you can even make Teddy and AP inactive on Packers Sundays — you won’t need them.

    Might as well save them up for your much awaited obvious not to be missed SuperBowl appearance and victory lap.

    Really.

    If history is any guide.

  26. You have to admit AP is team building, he is not
    hurting the team like Vikings haters said.
    I think the Cancer is his worthless Agent.
    Minnesota will be better, then again they are playing a harder schedule. There will be no overnight turn around. The team is being built correctly for long term success. Packer fans. enjoy winning for now.
    But again… if last year was your peak…. ha..Ha..HA.

  27. Hopefully AP still has something in those legs, although much will depend on the O-line. Clearly he hasn’t been the disruptive force as predicted by the Debbie downers.

    It is interesting to see so many Viking comments on a summer-time Saturday night. Apparently Lions fans don’t have much to do on weekend evenings, while the cheesers at least have enough of a social life to wait till Sunday morning to poke Vikings fans with their sharp sticks.

  28. fansince68 says:
    Jun 28, 2015 11:11 AM

    …….No respect for the GB QB; his ego is both massive and fragile, all at the same time.
    \/////////////////

    Goes to show the limited intelligence of the average Vikings fan. We’ll take, any day, a QB with a big ego yet a humble persona like Rodgers – as would 30 other teams in the NFL.

    If your QB has no ego, well…. then good luck with that. You’ll be sobbing “Why, why, why!!!!!” in a couple of years.

  29. hauts81 says:
    Jun 28, 2015 12:16 AM
    The decline is gonna happen eventually but it’s not gonna be this year.
    ———-
    Huh? The Vikings have been in decline since their existence. You have to be a winner first to be able to go on the decline.

  30. And I love how queens adjust their preferences to fit that of their current teams.

  31. Hey “cheeseisfattening” what Rodgers means by “get it” is what it takes to win the Super Bowl”. But since the Vikes have NEVER won. There’s nobody on your team that “gets it” or has “gotten it” ever.

  32. vikings84 says:
    Jun 28, 2015 12:01 AM
    Quit ripping on AP!!! He did his time, he learned from it.

    —————————————————–

    He absolutely did not do any time at all. He got paid vacation and a welcome back party, that is not by any means doing your time.

    As for ripping on him, it will not stop, so get used to it. When you have a fan base and team so eager to come to the defense of and forgive a man that beat his child with a weapon to point of causing lacerations and bleeding; you need someone constantly reminding you of the horrible act he committed, and how those of you that have no problem with it and wanted him back right away essentially condoned his actions, making you not much better than him.

    There is only one place Adrian Peterson should be right now, and that is inside a Texas State Penitentiary.

  33. grandsonofcoach says:
    Jun 28, 2015 1:23 PM

    Hey “cheeseisfattening” what Rodgers means by “get it” is what it takes to win the Super Bowl”. But since the Vikes have NEVER won. There’s nobody on your team that “gets it” or has “gotten it” ever.
    ——————————-
    Then why did he say Peppers is the only player on the current Packers that “gets it”?

    Where is Peppers Super Bowl?

    Put your head in the sand if you want but Rodgers is clearly not impressed with the team that has been assembled around him. It is no different that when he said it feels like Green Bay had the physicality of a JV team.

  34. calvinthegreat82 says:
    Jun 27, 2015 9:19 PM
    The Vikings are annoying, their team, their fan base, their ugly jerseys, their failed OC and their bust QB. It would be nice to seem them move to the CFL a league much more fitting for a team that has failed to win a championship after 54 years and 27 pathetic playoff attempts. Go Away!

    ——————-

    This coming from a Lions fan…. Baawahahahaha!!!

  35. hey man not win father of the year but I’d rather have him and teddy vs the fat kid and that arrogant prick from california

  36. vancouversportsbro says:
    Jun 28, 2015 12:48 PM

    Meanwhile bustwater is no where to be seen
    …………………………………………………………………………
    That’s because he is studying tape, bulking up, and working out how to beat your sorry team of chokers…
    Did that answer your question?

  37. cheeseisfattening says:
    Jun 28, 2015 2:29 PM
    It is no different that when he said it feels like Green Bay had the physicality of a JV team.
    //////////////////////////////////////

    Umm, yeah. It’s a lot different. The JV team comment was made in reference to one game….played in 2008.

    But you’re a liar and accustomed to lying.

    That’s the difference.

  38. Stellar, here is the entire quote

    “We haven’t had the kind of physical talent as far as size here in a while. I think there’s been times — I think back to playing Jacksonville in ’08 in Jacksonville, some of the battles we’ve had with our division teams at times — where you walk on the field and feel like you’re kind of a JV team. ”

    You seem to like to not remember the bold part and claim it was only one game he was referring to.

    Now go run and hide.

  39. @cheeseisfattening take your head out of the sand. Rodgers has won 1 more Super Bowl than the entire Vikings 50 year history. He’s commenting on who gets what it takes to get there. That’s all. He might be right or wrong. But no Vikings qualify to even comment on what it takes to get there, much less you.

  40. “We haven’t had the kind of physical talent as far as size here in a while. I think there’s been times — I think back to playing Jacksonville in ’08 in Jacksonville, some of the battles we’ve had with our division teams at times — where you walk on the field and feel like you’re kind of a JV team. ”

    //////////////////////////////////////////

    Purposefully deceptive interpretations combined with the tried-and-true ‘ol favorite…plain and simple misinformation, with dose of self-serving innuendo thrown in….all spells liar. And you’re a liar.

    And your lies, and hopes, and wishes, and prayers, cannot mask one simple fact; The Packers own the Vikings.

    You should accept it by now. Your anxiousness to “give it to us” only reinforces your desperation, and it shows.

  41. Rodgers was not expressing concern. He was expressing confidence. He was talking about how much BETTER they were going to be by virtue of some some key personnel additions. He specifically confirms they won a lot of games and sounds confident they will win even more. The REMAINDER of the quote is shown here;

    “We’ve still won a lot of games looking like that, but it’s fun when you walk around the locker room and you’ve got guys like [Julius] Peppers, [Adrian] Hubbard, Datone Jones and then with Derek [Sherrod] back with his size, adding size at receiver, tight end with Richard Rodgers. We just haven’t had guys in some of these positions with those body types, and that’s exciting.”

    Now do you understand why you’re a liar? Tell the whole story or tell no story.

  42. So what? Yes, Rodgers said they were getting BETTER. BETTER from what??????

    BETTER from having the physicality of a JV team!

    Rogers said this on 6/24/2014 and prior to that date he believed at times the Green Bay Packers had the physicality of a JV team. No lie.

  43. Hey, cheesebreath,

    The Packers’ 42-10 shellacking of Zimmer’s Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night rankled the new head coach. “At times we’re like the Bad News Bears,” Zimmer said Thursday. ‘What in the world is going on? When we start losing our minds, it goes south.”

    So…….we’ve established that people verbalize frustration in different ways, and that it’s easy to find year-old examples.

    This then begs the question: What is the point you are trying to make?
    And….what’s worse…..JV or Bad News Bears?

    Give it up and go away.

  44. And for good measure……I will ask again: “What is your point?”

  45. What is the point of reciting Rodgers’ quote in the first place (is what I was asking.)

    Later, for the record, you said…and I quote: “Stellar, here is the entire quote.” But it wasn’t the entire quote, was it.

    So, you either intentionally made the quote sound as though it was something it wasn’t, or you were careless.

  46. You are also then suggesting the Vikings are the equivalent of the Bad News Bears. And people should take your opinions seriously?

  47. @cribbage12

    >humble
    >Rodgers

    pick one.

    Since I’m here: Wallace should be working out with Teddy. Doing RB cross training isn’t going to help you master your route tree.

  48. Look it is simple, the next time I remind people how Rodgers himself said the Packers had the physicality of a JV team don’t say I am lying because he was only referring to a single game in 2008 and call me a liar. Talk about the Vikings and Bad News Bears all you want.

  49. It is great that AP has now decided that he is going to play football with the rest of his team, but what good is it going to do anyone if one of these guys gets hurt and is tossed on the NFI List? Seems like it would have been a better decision to not pout to begin with and show up to the officially sanctioned team activities like a real leader.

  50. f1restarter says:
    Jun 27, 2015 11:57 PM

    It’s the destiny of the Minnesota Vikings to take their proper place in the cellar of the NFC North in 2015. They’ll have to look so far up to see their arch-rival Green Bay Packers

    00000000000000

    The GB packers have been in last place more often in their history than the Vikings have, so much for arch rival.

  51. 250dollarnflowner says:
    Jun 28, 2015 2:31 PM

    calvinthegreat82 says:
    ——————-

    This coming from a Lions fan….

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

    No from a packer fan pretending to be a Lions fan right Tokyo?

  52. stellarperformance says:
    Jun 28, 2015 8:23 AM

    “Meanwhile, Eddie Lacey leading teammates in summer cookouts.”

    At least spell his name correctly.

    )))))))))

    Yeah they isn’t a E in Eddie Lazy’s name. Fatboy will get mad if you have it in there.

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