Adrian Peterson didn’t run it enough last week to know whether he liked or didn’t like the way he was used.
So he’s not going to lose any sleep over it, saying: “the reset button has been pressed.”
“I felt like it was just an OK job,” Peterson said, via Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “I only had like 10 carries and they were kind of spread out here and there. But watching the film, I think on a couple I wasn’t patient enough. On some, I was patient. But I just look at those things and try to improve. That’s what I’ve been doing this week.”
In Monday’s loss to the 49ers, Peterson had just 10 carries for 31 yards, so he wasn’t sweating the fact that four of those carries and 7 of those yards were from the shotgun, which is something new to him.
It’s probably wise on his part, since offensive coordinator Norv Turner has always been very running back-friendly.
“It comes down to making sure that your alignment is right, you’re being patient, you’re reading it quickly and you’re responding quickly as well,” Peterson said of running the ball out of the shotgun. “We’ve been getting a lot of reps in the gun since OTAs and I think we’ll continue to get these looks in the game, in live action. So we’ll just be able to improve as a unit, being on the same page.”
They’re hoping he can as well, as Sunday’s game will be his first of the season at home, after missing the final 15 games of last season on the commissioner’s exempt list.