Adrian Peterson “started off slow” in return to practice

AP

Adrian Peterson got rave reviews from his Vikings teammates regarding his physical condition when he returned to the fold this spring, but it was still a long time since the running back was taking part in full practices with the team when training camp got underway.

It probably shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, then, that Peterson wasn’t firing on all cylinders at the moment he stepped back onto the field this week. In a conversation with Marshall Faulk of NFL Media on Tuesday, Peterson explained what was missing in his first practice of the year.

“I kind of started off slow the first practice, 9-on-7,” Peterson said. “It was decent but really didn’t feel as explosive as I would have liked so I kind of had to grind, normally I do my hulk, little grind, wake myself up and felt a little spark and kind of got back into the groove. After that I feel pretty good. That hunger is there. I’m sure as we go through camp, get these pads on, it’ll just wake up even more.”

Peterson’s already shared his goal of 2,500 rushing yards for the season and told Faulk that he’s aiming to do “something the eyes haven’t seen before” in 2015, but none of that’s possible without knocking off almost a year’s worth of rust. That process is underway and the Vikings will be hoping none is left by the time Week One rolls around.

53 responses to “Adrian Peterson “started off slow” in return to practice

  1. This year should be very interesting, as Peterson is one of the few that always seems to back up what he says. Wish I had him on my fantasy team.

  2. Just look at the historical data on RB’s, no matter their size big or small, no matter their previous production, there is a statistically significant drop off in yardage after the age of 30. Now if we were to believe Viking fans, undefeated Father Time will suffer his first loss in the case of Peterson.

    But in reality (something that is consistently ignored by the Championship-less Viking fans) the biggest loss will be seen in the amount of salary cap money devoted to a RB on the decline. Well, that and its impact on their won-loss record which is conveniently forgotten about each spring as the Viking fans claim yet another off season paper championship.

  3. History suggests that people who come back from a long layoff tend to get injured rather quickly into their comeback. I would never bet against AP but I an keeping my fingers crossed that he makes it through camp without a significant injury.

  4. Strictly a yardage guy.

    Doesn’t score TDs like the great RBs do.

    Can’t catch.

    Can’t block.

    Not on the field for 3rd and 5+.

    Doesn’t lead his team to playoff wins.

    #truth

  5. doctorrustbelt says:
    Jul 29, 2015 9:20 AM

    The juicer puts the lotion on his skin.
    …………………
    This article is about Adrian Peterson, not Clay Mathews.

  6. Let’s get one thing straight…the Vikes were NFL Champions in 1969. May not have been World Champions, but they were the best in the NFL. You can look it up.

    They may not have won any Super Bowls but they are usually competitive. They do manage to get on the big stage with some regularity: 1976 SB, 1987 NFC, 1998 NFC, 2009 NFC. At least once every 10 years.

    They also have the coolest helmets/uniforms!
    SKOL!!!

  7. “It was decent but really didn’t feel as explosive as I would have liked so I kind of had to grind…”

    That’s what happens when you add a couple of years to the frame.

  8. If he thinks he’s going to gain anywhere near 2500, he’s as delusional as most of his “fans.” The Vikings played “ride Peterson” for the past several years and got exactly nowhere.

    Bridgewater so far appears to be the best QB they’ve had in a very long time and one would hope that Zimmer is smarter than the last few head coaches.

    The question becomes, how will this diva RB act when he no longer gets all those touches?

  9. stevenwilliams2013 says:
    Jul 29, 2015 7:43 AM
    Like Allen Iverson would say “Practice? We talking about practice?”

    ——

    And just like Iverson, this guy will go down as someone that was talented, but who was more concerned about himself to be an effective team player. Someone who never got a ring.

    Oh, and a terrible person.

  10. A year of rust and old for a RB is not a good combo. Especially when the stats show that RB’s peak at 27 and decline pretty steadily after.

    This guy will be out of the league in 2 years and he certainly won’t be the running mad 2000 yard rusher that Vikings fans foolishly think he’ll be.

  11. I am not worried about AP losing touches because of Bridgewater. The quicker you score, the more often you will see the ball if your defense is any good. He will get his carries. And the “D” watching for AP will give Bridgewater the time to throw that he rarely had last year. I want to see Bridgewater complete the deep ball. If he can do that, we will score quickly, AP will get his touches in the second half when we want to manage the clock, and everyone wins (except the opponent).

    I can’t wait to see if can complete those deep balls. I think everything hinges on it. 2 or 3 a game will make all the difference.

  12. Vikings fans seem to be so desperate to believe Teddy is the upcoming messiah, even though his stats weren’t even as good as Tebow’s stats during his only year as a starter.

    Basically….because the previous Vikings QB were so horrendous, he looks like a much more polished turd by comparison, even though his arm is just as much of a noodle as Ponder’s.

  13. You idiots who say they are paying too much for a rb don’t understand the way the roster is set up. TB makes rookie money, the only guys making “big money” this year are Griffen,AP, and Wallace. When you have good players making rookie money, you can allocate your money anyway you see fit. They are still under the cap and could sign anybody they wanted to so who cares who takes up what space on the cap? Next contract they will do isn’t until Harrison Smith so they will be fine going forward next year too. But, I understand, AP started off slow, he might as well give up. When the Packers started off slow and got smoked week 1 in Seattle, maybe they should have given up, would have saved all these pathetic Packers trolls the embarrassment of the worst meltdown in NFL history. They could have avoided seeing LOL Clinton-Dix epic failure at simple pass D on a desperation loft. Or any of those other comedy of errors that left the trolls crying in mommies basement. Slap on your stupid foam cheese hats and try harder.

  14. He peaked 2 years ago. And because I’m a great arm chair NFL mind, y’all should have traded him 2 years ago. He’ll never be great again. He’s gonna be average in a position that doesn’t matter much anymore.

  15. ou idiots who say they are paying too much for a rb don’t understand the way the roster is set up. TB makes rookie money, the only guys making “big money” this year are Griffen,AP, and Wallace. When you have good players making rookie money, you can allocate your money anyway you see fit.
    —————–
    This is how bad teams like the Vikings continue to be perennial losers and have not won a damn thing in their long history.

    Being willing to actually trade for Wallace and his ridiculously overpaid contract is yet another. He’s a FA bust on par with Bernard Berrian.

  16. They could have avoided seeing LOL Clinton-Dix epic failure at simple pass D on a desperation loft.
    —————
    Or the epic failure by NEW MINNESOTA VIKING- Brandon Bostick! His is the worst of them all because only 30 seconds earlier he was told if your name isn’t Cobb or Nelson, don’t try to field the kick.

    Enjoy!

  17. You have to love the greatest running back of our generation! He will dominate and continue to score TD’s and take the pressure off Bridgewater. 11 or 12 wins should be expected!

  18. ” 11 or 12 wins should be expected!”

    For the teams you will be playing against this year, absolutely agree..

    Bridgewater is a bust and Peterson will maybe rush for 650 yards this year.

    Vikings finish in there usual LAST place in the NFCN.

  19. erikthepurple says:
    Jul 29, 2015 9:41 AM
    Let’s get one thing straight…the Vikes were NFL Champions in 1969. May not have been World Champions, but they were the best in the NFL. You can look it up.

    They may not have won any Super Bowls but they are usually competitive. They do manage to get on the big stage with some regularity: 1976 SB, 1987 NFC, 1998 NFC, 2009 NFC. At least once every 10 years.
    ———————————————————-

    Let’s get this straight. The AFL and NFL had already merged in 1969, they just hadn’t adopted the names of the two conferences. In 1969 they were still called “Leagues”.

    They made it to the Championship but as we all know they lost. No different than any of the three other conference championships the Vikings have won in their long an storied history of teasing and despondent fan base.

    Getting on the big stage every 10 years? WOW!!

    The Green Bay Packers have WON an actual championship on average every 7 years and it would surprise me if they win another before MN wins it’s first.

  20. Let’s get one thing straight…the Vikes were NFL Champions in 1969. May not have been World Champions, but they were the best in the NFL. You can look it up.
    ———————
    Wow. You really need to learn more about the merger. The leagues weren’t officially merged legally, but they were already operating as a combined league.

    Or please explain how the Packers were the 66 and 67 Super Bowl Champions 2 years BEFORE your supposed championship you speak of which is the equivalent of winning the NFCCG.

    It’s pretty sad that Vikings fans don’t know their history….but not surprised when you so desperately want to forget it.

  21. erikthepurple says:
    Jul 29, 2015 9:41 AM
    Let’s get one thing straight…the Vikes were NFL Champions in 1969. May not have been World Champions, but they were the best in the NFL. You can look it up.

    They may not have won any Super Bowls but they are usually competitive. They do manage to get on the big stage with some regularity: 1976 SB, 1987 NFC, 1998 NFC, 2009 NFC. At least once every 10 years.

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

    There is no argument or anything to get straight. The 1969 NFL World Champion is the Kansas City Chiefs, they won the Superbowl. Look it up.

    The Vikings won the equivalent to a conference championship, that is not recognized as an NFL world championship or Superbowl. Nice Try tho…

    The Vikings have ZERO championships.

    ZERO.

    >

  22. You have to love the greatest running back of our generation!
    ——————
    Ladanian Tomlinson laughs at you. And unlike Peterson, he was actually a complete RB who could even block.

  23. Over his first 8 seasons (number of years Peterson has been in the league) Ladanian Tomlinson rushed for more yards, touchdowns and had way more receptions than Adrian Peterson. And he could block.

    LT is the greatest RB of our generation or certainly better than Peterson. It’s not eve debatable when you compare their production.

  24. They may not have won any Super Bowls but they are usually competitive. They do manage to get on the big stage with some regularity: 1976 SB, 1987 NFC, 1998 NFC, 2009 NFC.
    ——————–
    Funny that you left out the most embarrassing NFCCG blowout of all time.

    2001 Giants 41 Vikings 0

    Sad when Packer fans know more about Vikings history than their bandwagon fans.

    “Quarterback Kerry Collins led the Giants to a victory by throwing for 381 yards and 5 touchdowns in the most lopsided game in NFC Championship Game history.

    The Minnesota sports community sometimes refers to this as “41–doughnut” after a post game comment from Randy Moss: “I was just talking to Daunte, and 41-to-doughnut, I think that’s the worst defeat I’ve ever been in my life.”

  25. To think AP will even be a step slower isn’t even an afterthought to us Vikings fans. Even AFTER his projected slow down he will be as good, or better than any other RB in the League.
    He is more like Jerry Rice who was still playing at virtually the same level after 18 years!
    SPEED son, that’s the thing, everybody knows the last thing lost is power.

  26. oh look! 28 lashes changed his name again!

    the more and more packer fans come out to comment of viking threads the more stupid they continue to look. good job guys, don’t worry though your brainwashing can continue soon with the packer chokers set to open camp this week and then your life will finally have some meaning again other than commenting on a viking thread.

  27. At least AP is not starting out fat.
    ————
    Being an NFL RB is not a swimsuit contest. It’s about punishing would be tacklers and imposing your will on them. As a Vikings fan, you should be all to familiar with this after watching Lacy truck not one but 2 defenders into next week.

    Blanton (twice) and Rhodes

  28. He is more like Jerry Rice who was still playing at virtually the same level after 18 years!
    —————-
    Except for the fact that RB’s drop off statistically after the age of 27. The stats don’t lie. Just like Peterson showed when his production dropped 40% after his MVP season after turning 28. Yikes!

  29. coachkilla6 says:
    Jul 29, 2015 9:23 AM

    Strictly a yardage guy.

    Doesn’t score TDs like the great RBs do.
    _______

    Peterson has scored 91 touchdowns in 104 games, or 0.875 TDs/game.

    Walter Payton scored 125 touchdowns in 190 games, or 0.658 TDs/game.

    Emmitt Smith scored 175 touchdowns in 226 games, or 0.774 TDs/game.

    Barry Sanders scored 109 touchdowns in 153 games, or 0.712 TDs/game.

    What’s your definition of a “great RB”?

  30. rikthepurple says:
    Jul 29, 2015 9:41 AM
    Let’s get one thing straight…the Vikes were NFL Champions in 1969.
    //////////////////////////////////////////////

    This argument again? I will stop trying to teach you some sense if you are willing to post: “The Packers deserve to be recognized for fifteen championships, not thirteen.”

    Criteria is the same as yours. Look it up.

    Hello?

  31. What’s your definition of a “great RB”?
    ———-
    Why don’t you compare to a RB from this era like Ladanian Tomlinson?

    The focus on stopping the run has shifted to defenses gearing up to stop the pass first after the new rule changes allowed for a huge increase in passing production. Comparing to Payton, Smith and even Sanders is pretty stupid.

  32. Okay, so Payton, Smith, and Sanders aren’t great running backs because they played when the running game was more important. Whatever.

    LT: 162 TDs in 170 games = 0.953.
    Jamaal Charles: 57 TDs in 95 games = 0.600.
    DeMarco Murray: 29 TDs in 53 games = 0.547.
    LeSean McCoy: 54 TDs in 90 games = 0.600.
    Marshawn Lynch: 80 TDs in 120 games = 0.667.
    Matt Forte: 57 TDs in 107 games = 0.533.
    Arian Foster: 65 TDs in 72 games = 0.903.

    I’d say Peterson’s 0.875 average TDs/game stacks up pretty well against these modern-era running backs. It was preposterous to say that he doesn’t score TDs like the great RBs do.

  33. is there any film of Petersen running over defensive backs like that fat guy Lacy did against the Vikings defensive backs? Never saw anything like that before , the Vikings DB’S looked afraid to tackle Lacy, just check out you-tube.

  34. adrian peterson flattening al harris in ’08
    adrian peterson flattening randle gay in ’09
    adrian peterson throwning a cleveland brown into the sidelines ’09
    adrian peterson flattening patrick peterson ’10
    adrian peterson carrying the cowboys defense into the endzone ’13

    those are just a few that come to mind, not mention the hundreds of yards peterson has gained after shredding missed tackle attempts by green bay defenders over the years.

  35. Wow, Skol Vikes you REALLY need to get a life… My God you’ve posted what like 15 times on one thread! For a team who is SO IRRELEVANT to the NFL you sure spend an awful lot of time posting on its thread. Seriously, man have your mom take you to the park for some exercise or perhaps a playground…. Something! Get out of the basement man!!

  36. Sorry if it doesn’t fit your narrative Chiefs fan, but I never claimed the Vikes were World Champs, just NFL Champs. The Chiefs were World Champions after Super Bowl IV But they were never NFL Champs. They were the AFL Champion that won the NFL-AFL Championship game (Super Bowl). AFL teams didn’t become part of the NFL until the 1970 Season (not ’69 season). I’d be happy to wager you on that point.

  37. Well, to Vikings fans I have been at training camp all week and I can tell you first hand, he looks better than ever. On Monday he took a handoff and Greenway jumped in the hole. Before his feet hit the ground Peterson had already jump cut to the right, outside of the RT and shot up the field in a blur. The entire stadium did a collective “ooh, wow!”. Believe me, I’ve been to training camp every year Peterson has been a Viking and he looks better than ever.

    The only rust he was referring to is hitting with pads on. He never gets hit in training camp, so he’ll shake off that “rust” first game.

  38. lp5710 says:
    Jul 29, 2015 4:07 PM
    is there any film of Petersen running over defensive backs like that fat guy Lacy did against the Vikings defensive backs? Never saw anything like that before , the Vikings DB’S looked afraid to tackle Lacy, just check out you-tube.

    ——————————–

    Well, we all know who just started watching football in the last couple years, now don’t we? Of course a 250 lb RB with a full head of steam can run over a 190 DB any day. But, to say you’ve never seen anything like what Lacy does, proves you’ve never watched much football in your life.

  39. stellarperformance says:
    Jul 29, 2015 2:04 PM

    rikthepurple says:
    Jul 29, 2015 9:41 AM
    Let’s get one thing straight…the Vikes were NFL Champions in 1969.
    //////////////////////////////////////////////

    This argument again? You are arguing against fact but you like it over there in the East. The Minnesota Vikings were the 1969 NFL champs. The KC Chiefs were the 1969 AFL and Super Bowl Champs. There was two football leagues.Not that difficult for normal football fans. No one in Minnesota is saying they won a Super Bowl. But they are saying they are NFL champs. Its not that hard. And you denying it doesn’t make it so.

  40. Adrian at “slow” is the equivilant of Lynch, Murray, Lacy or McCoy at full speed. Pretty scary thought if you’re on the Vikings schedule this season, especially if you’re a division rival.

  41. amazing how Vikings fans are so forgiving of a man who beat his own naked son with a tree branch and made him bleed, hey forgive and forget right?

  42. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Jul 29, 2015 1:42 PM

    What’s your definition of a “great RB”?
    ——

    Some one who doesn’t have to come out of the game on 3rd down. And not whipping 4 year olds is a nice bonus.

  43. fmc651 says:
    Jul 30, 2015 4:23 PM
    Not that difficult for normal football fans. No one in Minnesota is saying they won a Super Bowl. But they are saying they are NFL champs. Its not that hard. And you denying it doesn’t make it so.
    ///////////////////////////////////////

    I’m not denying anything, and I certainly don’t want to interfere with your fantasies.

    If I use your logic and criteria, the Packers should have fifteen championships, not thirteen. That’s all I’m saying.

    And I’d like to hear you say it.

    Hello? ………hello?

  44. It will be hard for Viking fans to get optimistic when their best player readily admits to being fat and slow and nothing like his old self before the season even begins.

    That’s gotta hurt.

  45. stellarperformance says:
    Jul 31, 2015 6:48 AM

    fmc651 says:
    Jul 30, 2015 4:23 PM
    Not that difficult for normal football fans. No one in Minnesota is saying they won a Super Bowl. But they are saying they are NFL champs. Its not that hard. And you denying it doesn’t make it so.
    ///////////////////////////////////////

    I’m not denying anything, and I certainly don’t want to interfere with your fantasies.

    If I use your logic and criteria

    And I’d like to hear you say it.

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

    It doesn’t have anything to do with me. There were two professional football leagues in 1969. What is with the packer trolls. They seem to have an inability to comprehend this. One of the leagues was the NFL. The other professional league was the AFL . The Minnesota Vikings won the NFL in 1969. So they were the 1969 NFL Champions. No fantasy but fact.Again real simple for most.

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