Adrian Peterson: This was the opportunity I’ve been waiting for

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After being traded to the Cardinals this week, Adrian Peterson insisted he has “so much left” in the tank despite running on empty for his brief time in New Orleans.

He did his best to prove himself right on Sunday against the Buccaneers. Peterson ran 26 times for 134 yards and two touchdowns in the 38-33 Arizona victory and called it “satisfying” to perform at that level after hearing so much from “outside sources” about his decline.

I feel good. This is the opportunity I’ve been waiting for. Once I got that call on Tuesday, I was rejuvenated,” Peterson said.

It was a Ponce de Leon day all around for the Cardinals as Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald also had big days for Arizona, leading coach Bruce Arians to say after the game that it was “a great day for old guys.” The 3-3 Cardinals will hope that the fountain keeps bubbling against the Rams next week.

27 responses to “Adrian Peterson: This was the opportunity I’ve been waiting for

  1. Good for AD. I’m in full agreement that his character is questionable at best, but I’ve absolutely loved watching the guy throughout his career. Hard to see him in another jersey, but it was best for everyone and I hope he can continue to entertain and continue to pose that threat that he’s only a step away from being loose. It may not happen as often as before, but I hope he’s found a new home.

  2. I rejoice with Adrian Peterson. My Saints acted like they were SCARED to use him! It was sickening seeing such talent getting 5 touches a game. AP is far superior to Mark Ingram! Even at 32 years old! He’s a future Hall of Famer and today he showed that he still has it! Unfortunately, the Saints are ALL ABOUT BREES gettin’ his stats, as usual.

    Congrats Adrian! Congrats Cardinals.

  3. Yea quite funny to hear all the arm chair guys say he was done after 5 or 6 touches agame, should be a slap in the face to the saints to know you had talent but refused to use it

  4. It’s one game. A great game, but let’s discuss after he gets a couple more games under his belt.

  5. Yea quite funny to hear all the arm chair guys say he was done after 5 or 6 touches agame, should be a slap in the face to the saints to know you had talent but refused to use it
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    He never should have been on the Saints. They use their RBs so much out of the backfield catching balls. It looks like it’s a win/win, because the Saints are still fine with Ingram & Kamara.

  6. If you revisit old PFT threads about AP, I’m just gonna say…. CALLED IT. He’s a work-horse back who needs bulk touches. He wasn’t done, just horribly underused in New Orleans. Goodluck to AP and the Cards. I just hope he doesn’t go off when they play the Hawks twice this year.

  7. Let’s see if he can have two decent games in a row before we anoint him. He was fantastic and he’s probably good still but it may be more of the bucs not planning to see him that often after only three practices

  8. Great trade for both teams. As a Vikings fan, I’m very happy for AD. He was the Franchise here in Minny, but I’m still going to say we couldn’t justify the money and losing him forced us to actually become less predictable or I should say rely on other talented players.

  9. Ruha Nuggetcrusher says:
    October 15, 2017 at 9:42 pm
    It’s one game. A great game, but let’s discuss after he gets a couple more games under his belt.

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    You mean a couple more children?

  10. Had a bunch more yards that were called back. Otherwise he’d be sitting at about 180 yards on the day.

    He still has the speed, the agility, the power, and the personal drive to compete at a very high level. He still has the respect of defenses. Defenders were literally constantly shaking their heads at what he was doing to them today after many plays. Breaking players ankles, jump cuts, running them over, running past them; he was doing it all today.

    Look, many people said he was done. He clearly isn’t.

    People are conflating the two issues. 1. Does he have it? 2. Can he sustain it?

    Sustaining it is a separate issue as to whether he can stay healthy for the season.

    But for the Cards, he doesn’t necessarily have to sustain it for long. He just has to provide his ability and the threat of it until David Johnson comes back.

    The threat to suck in defenses to keep them honest and allow Palmer to pick the secondary apart. Allow the Cardinals to not be a 71% pass play team (like they were since DJ went down) where pass rushers could tee off on the oline and Palmer.

    He provides that, this game proves it.

    Now he’ll get to work answering the other question… can he maintain it? I wouldn’t bet against him.

    When David Johnson gets back, that will be one helluva duo. Whenever David Johnson was back there and then sent out wide, defenses would freak out and try to cover him (many times unsuccessful) even if they knew it was going to be a pass.

    Now what will they do if they have both back there and send David Johnson out wide? Because they still might be running the ball with Adrian Peterson. The defense won’t know what’s coming.

    What does the defense do? Allow David Johnson to run routes and try to stop Peterson? Or try to cover David Johnson and allow AP to run wild?

    I haven’t seen a backfield like this potentially since the Okoye/Word era for the Chiefs, and guess who was running backs coach for them? Bruce Arians.

  11. whodatnhollywood says:
    October 15, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    I rejoice with Adrian Peterson. My Saints acted like they were SCARED to use him! It was sickening seeing such talent getting 5 touches a game. AP is far superior to Mark Ingram! Even at 32 years old! He’s a future Hall of Famer and today he showed that he still has it! Unfortunately, the Saints are ALL ABOUT BREES gettin’ his stats, as usual.

    Congrats Adrian! Congrats Cardinals.
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    Dude. Brees’ stats have actually been down this season because we are actually running the ball well. Kamara and Ingram are running the ball so well, in fact, that we didn’t need to use AP much. Also, every time AP was on the field, it was obvious that the Saints were going to run, which is why he never got big yardage with us.

    If no one saw the Saints vs Lions game, I highly recommend watching it. crazy,crazy game.

    The New Orleans Saints defense had 3 TDs, 16 passes deflected, 5 sacks, 7 tackles for a loss, and 3 interceptions in today’s win against the Lions. Today, the Saints scored 8 points less than the rest of the entire NFC south combined. The defense actually carried our offense today.

  12. It would have been interesting to see him play behind MN’s revamped offensive line…especially with two pretty good receivers and TE.

  13. Much like Marshawn, I give him ~5 good games. If he needs 4 weeks of light duty to get one of those, of course, they won’t make it…but nobody was expecting them to anyway.

  14. Declining Hall of Famers have games like this. Doesn’t mean he’s still a great player. Let’s just wait to see a couple games before we say he’s back

  15. He’s never shown evidence of a decline, yet people were calling him washed up. One of the strangest things I’ve seen, dude is a once-in-a-lifetime player, I’m still wondering where people got that info from.

  16. I’d say just this one game was worth a late round provisional draft pick, considering how few manage to make teams, or do anything notable.

    Go suck it, Payton.

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