Adrian Peterson doesn’t think he’s the guy he used to be

AP

Vikings fans breathed a deep sigh of relief last week, when running back Adrian Peterson finally looked like Adrian Peterson again (including the fumbles). But one person doesn’t think Adrian Peterson looked like Adrian Peterson (except for the fumbles).

“I worked extremely hard to be able to come back and be able to go, and not look like I’ve missed a step,” Peterson said Thursday, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “But I can tell. [With] 130-something yards, people say, ‘Oh, he looks good,’ and this, that and the other. But me personally, I wasn’t the Adrian Peterson I remember last Sunday.”

Peterson, who had 134 yards rushing and 58 receiving in Week Two, knows he has a great opportunity to look like the old Peterson on Sunday, when the team against which he gained a single-game NFL record of 296 yards returns to Minnesota, with former Chargers head coach Norv Turner now coordinating the Minnesota offense.

“Coach Turner, I remember running by him a couple of times on the sideline [in 2007],” Peterson said. “Just a great game. . . . I’m not going to lie to you. I do look back, and I think I could have been the first person to go for 300. Four yards [short]. . . . If I get close to 296 or 300 again, I’ll be asking for [the ball].”

Turner said Peterson seemed a little fatigued against the Lions on Sunday, which may have contributed to the fumbling. Peterson agrees he needed to get back in full game shape.

“I really was able to kind of get my body broken in in this game,” Peterson said. “Like 30-something touches, so my body really took a pounding. So I had to build that callus over the entire body as I get back out there. So I’m sure guys will be bouncing off me a little more this Sunday.”

In Week One, Peterson seemed lost in a game plan that hoped to take advantage of his presence without re-establishing his impact. After Week Two, there could be more opportunities for play-action, especially if the Chargers are determined not to once again be shredded by Peterson.

53 responses to “Adrian Peterson doesn’t think he’s the guy he used to be

  1. The other Hall of Fame back to take a year off in his prime and then return was John Riggins, and it took him an entire season to return to form. The potential good news for Peterson is that, after that season (and after the age of 30), Riggins actually had the most epic seasons of his career.

  2. The Minnesota NFL Football team will have to have some patience with the player. He’s probably still a little mentally distracted.

  3. ====”I really was able to kind of get my body broken in in this game,” Peterson said. “Like 30-something touches, so my body really took a pounding. So I had to build that callus over the entire body as I get back out there. So I’m sure guys will be bouncing off me a little more this Sunday.”=========

    That should give you guys some semblance of a fraction of an idea of what kind of mentality and toughness it takes to be a professional gladiator like this guy. You guys with your soft flabby bellies and smooth pink hands, who couldn’t bench press your way out of a paper bag or outrun a small child.
    Yet you sit from the comfort and safety of your cubicles and condemn this gladiator for trying to school his son with a little oldschool corporal punishment – I suppose you think he should have sent his kid up to his room “for a timeout”, after all, that’s how you were raised, and look at what a paragon of masculinity you turned out to be.

  4. tokyosandblaster
    Sep 25, 2015, 10:50 AM CDT
    He’s not the running back he used to be. He’s slow.
    ——
    What does that say about the other running backs in the NFL, and the Lions defense? An old, slow AP is still the best RB in the NFL.

  5. tokyosandblaster says:
    Sep 25, 2015 11:50 AM
    He’s not the running back he used to be. He’s slow.

    >

    ————————-

    yeah? why don’t you line up and try to race him, then?

  6. bonesawisready says:
    Sep 25, 2015 11:56 AM

    The only place he should have been taking a pounding last Sunday is inside of a Texas state penitentiary.
    —————————————————

    That was funny….just concerned that your desire for revenge and punishment supersedes Peterson son’s welfare. Don’t you think Peterson has been put on notice about his parenting skills? I firmly believe his son is now getting top notch parenting. Plus, his future looks pretty bright, given his Dad is gainfully employed. Breaking apart a family is not always the best course of action. Stopping the abuse is step 1. That has been accomplished. Getting Peterson to realize his parenting skills are in need of work, is step 2. That is underway.

  7. Course he isn’t. How did ANYONE expect him to be.
    He should have played preseason…bearing in mind he pretty much missed all of last year-through nobodies fault but his own.

  8. f1restarter says:
    Sep 25, 2015 12:06 PM

    Packer fans have been saying this for two years.
    ——————
    Packer fans say a lot. Most of which can be refuted with actual evidence and stats.

  9. Guy sure talks about individual accomplishments a lot. Whether it’s all time rushing yards or single game/season rushing yards. If he ever put as much effort into winning a title, maybe the Vikings wouldn’t be the same old sorry Vikings.

  10. PFTneedsToBringCommentSystemToThe21stCentury says:
    Sep 25, 2015 12:06 PM

    Stupidest move in history to sit him for the entire preseason.
    —————
    Interesting take. You think he could have had more than 200 yards from scrimmage against the Lions if he had played in the preseason?

    People may say AP has lost a step. They may say he’s “old”. But he’s still the best the NFL has right now.

  11. FlorioHasAHeadLikeACube says:
    Sep 25, 2015 11:55 AM
    Even while pretending to be humble, he was able to go out of his way not to be.

    Vintage Peterson.
    —————-
    I’m guessing it’s hard to be humble when you’re the best in the world at something. At least he didn’t take an easy shot at his opponent after the game.

  12. vicnocal
    Sep 25, 2015, 12:03 PM EDT
    ====”I really was able to kind of get my body broken in in this game,” Peterson said. “Like 30-something touches, so my body really took a pounding. So I had to build that callus over the entire body as I get back out there. So I’m sure guys will be bouncing off me a little more this Sunday.”=========

    That should give you guys some semblance of a fraction of an idea of what kind of mentality and toughness it takes to be a professional gladiator like this guy. You guys with your soft flabby bellies and smooth pink hands, who couldn’t bench press your way out of a paper bag or outrun a small child.
    Yet you sit from the comfort and safety of your cubicles and condemn this gladiator for trying to school his son with a little oldschool corporal punishment – I suppose you think he should have sent his kid up to his room “for a timeout”, after all, that’s how you were raised, and look at what a paragon of masculinity you turned out to be.

    ——-

    About time someone said it! Nowadays you have to put your kid in a timeout! Give me a break! If he needed the belt, give him the belt! That’s the difference with kids now and then!

    We respect others more than this new generation of teens and youngsters coming up.

  13. This is so typical of the Viking fans, take one good game and project it all the out to winning the Superbowl. Did Peterson shine in the Lion’s game? Yes. Are the Lions the same team they were last year? Very likely no. Have the Vikings ever beat a plus .500 team in the last two years?

    Answer that and there is the clue for the Vikings in 2015.

  14. Should have forced his way to AZ in the offseason like he wanted. Minn would have had 2 first round picks. AZ wanted you….shoot it’s all we heard all offseason was “AP to AZ” Can’t even imagine the numbers he’d have put up with our o line.
    If you don’t know AZ has given up NO sacks through 2 games.

  15. whatjusthapped says:
    Sep 25, 2015 12:25 PM
    This is so typical of the Viking fans, take one good game and project it all the out to winning the Superbowl.
    —————-
    You are the only person to mention Superbowl. So I know you’re worried…

  16. Duh he’s not himself on that play whenever Teddy almost got sacked but flipped the ball to him he was clearly gassed at the end he let up instead of the usual Peterson smash over the DB. But what do you expect at 30 years old a RB(constantly pounding throughout career) and having a year off plus not playing preseason. All in all pretty impressive 2nd game back outside of the usual fumbling. But that’s normal AD.

  17. All Day is simply knocking the rust off & he’ll be back to his fantastic self.
    And, this season, alot of running backs are having unsuccessful starts.
    CJ Anderson, Ingram, Jeremy Hill off to slow go. Arian Foster, Atlanta backs, McCoy battling injury. Eddie Lacy’s weight issue causing his ankle to buckle.
    These problems are the norm.

  18. I consider the Bolts to be one of the better teams in the NFL this season. It should be a good test for the Vikes to prove themselves. If Peterson runs for 296+, so be it. If Teddy owns this game, even better. Just hoping for a win, don’t care how it happens.

  19. It’s hilarious reading these comments about how slow AP is. 134 yards rushing, 58 receiving. That would be over 3,000 yards from scrimmage in a full 16 games. Of course that isn’t going to happen, because nobody can repeat his last game numbers for the whole season. That’s the point! If he’s just getting started, the NFL has officially been put on notice!

  20. Its obvious being suspended for a year has not changed or humbled him in the least. Interesting that all he ever talks about are individual goals like how many touches or yards. he gets, never about how the team does or how to help the team win.

  21. Slow? Like that play in last week’s game when he hit the line of scrimmage, made a ridiculous lateral move against a DB, and then beat him around the corner? Ya, he really looks slow. Do people who make these ignorant comments even watch the games?

  22. dragonfly99 says:
    Sep 25, 2015 2:15 PM
    Its obvious being suspended for a year has not changed or humbled him in the least. Interesting that all he ever talks about are individual goals like how many touches or yards. he gets, never about how the team does or how to help the team win.
    —————
    He has stated he wants to win and help the team win a SB many times. Sorry that he doesn’t start each press conference with those words to appease your cherry picking comments.

  23. He does look slower, and that blown block/flip/big gain was a nice play…thanks to Bridgewater. Still, nearly a buck-fifty on the ground for a guy who has played two games in the last year and a half does back up his considerable natural talent.

  24. He is still all about the “me.” He hasn’t learned a thing and he hasn’t changed a bit. He’s still a fine athlete, no disputing that, but he’s also still a reprehensible human being. And all of y’all who think he deserves special dispensation because he’s a “gladiator” need to direct your hero worship toward the real heroes, people who are selfless and dedicated to something besides themselves, like teachers and doctors.

  25. He does appear a bit slower, and certainly a bit rusty, but that’s still better than 95% of the NFL RBs out there. San Diego has indicated they are going to stack the box and make Bridgewater beat them, so his numbers may not be as good this week. Then again, at least he’s not hurt for the hundredth time like the perpetually over-hyped Lacy.

  26. He isn’t the same back and never will be, part of is the age and missing a season, another thing is this is a completely different system that the Vikings are using, he has played 3 of the last 18 games.

    Peterson is a LUXURY, could he start on a lot of teams? Probably, would teams take him off the field on 3rd down, 2 minute drills or down big. Probably.

    There are teams that could use him, but no body NEEDS him. Even the VIkings showed last season.

  27. Stupidest move in history to sit him for the entire preseason.

    So let’s see how the top ten stupidest moves in history rank:

    10. Seahawks decide to throw ball at goal line at end of Superbowl.
    9. Vikings trade for Herschel Walker
    8. Coca-Cola decides to change formula.
    7. HMS Titanic decides it doesn’t need more than a handful of lifeboats because it is “unsinkable”.
    6. Donner party decides to take a shortcut through Sierra Nevada mountains.
    5. Japan decides to bomb Pearl Harbor.
    4. Napoleon decides to invade Russia.
    3. Hitler decides to invade Russia (while still fighting on western front, in winter).
    2. Shah of Khwarezmid Empire decides to execute ambassador sent by Genghis Khan.
    1. Vikings decide to sit Adrian Peterson for 2015 preseason.

    No question it is in a class of its own…

  28. WELL , A.P
    If you showed up for , PRESEASON GAME’S to help knock the rust off, things might be a lil different ” specialy after being away for almost a year.

  29. Eddie Lacy looked like BJ Raji. He needs the discount double check belt to hold the pants up on his fat ass. AP looked slower than AP but still had 200 yards of offense. However, AP still looks like a NFL player. Lacy looks like the normal girl you see at a bar in Green Bay. Just saying…WI girls are fat.

  30. Ya AP is coming around just fine what we know now is that the defense is not going to honor AP until they are up against the real AP which is good for the defense until the real AP does show up and he does not have to be super spectacular all he has to do is keep em honest! The defense knows it will have a problem if AP does get to 100+ yards and apparently can also catch a few out of the backfield and also as a wideout! That one play with him missing his block and Teddy was under the gun but AP just happen to be in the right place at the righ time and bingo 50 yds! You have to get it into his hands! The way AP goes is the way this team goes but the passing game is starting to look like a passing game! Turner’s Offense is going to work but the QB as long as he protects the ball like he has been doing and making good decisions sometimes a QB has to get rid of the ball quicker because of pressure, Teddy has been protected well enough we dont want him getting lazy back there right Teddy? The weapons are finally going to come out against SD, they are struggling as we are on the offensive line but we are good to go and have a winning program in place and all these guys need to do is carry out orders! skol Vikings!

  31. it was the correct move to not play him in the preseason. you don’t risk that talent in meaningless games. don’t think I’m right, ask Jordy Nelson.

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