Jay Gruden would like to play Adrian Peterson Friday

AP

Adrian Peterson took part in his first practice since signing with Washington on Tuesday and head coach Jay Gruden said after the session that the veteran running back is in “fantastic physical shape.”

Gruden said that the team was able to pick that up during his Monday workout because Peterson “wasn’t even breathing heavy” when the workout came to an end. Gruden said that Peterson did a “great job” in Tuesday’s workout and described the running back that people remember from his best days with the Vikings.

“Looks explosive. Big, strong and fast,” Gruden said at his press conference.

Gruden said that he would like to give Peterson some work during Friday’s game against the Broncos “if we get him up to speed” and predicted that Peterson’s experience would help him do exactly that.

As for Peterson getting work in the regular season, Gruden said “we’ll see what happens” and said that also extends to how other backs like Samaje Perine, Rob Kelley and Byron Marshall do in the coming days and weeks.

32 responses to “Jay Gruden would like to play Adrian Peterson Friday

  1. Might as well do all you can before roster cut down. This is the time to test out players and see if they can cut it.

  2. Peterson is fine, I guess, if you want to gain two yards in a straight line. Just don’t ask him to block, catch a pass, or engage in anything other than straight up the gut running. He’s a remarkable physical specimen, but his best days are far behind him and he’s not an all-purpose back by any means.

  3. He’s always going to be in fantastic physical shape. It’s his mental shape where the problems come in. As long as you put him in an I formation and hand him the ball, he’ll know what to do. Even that presents a problem, though. He thinks he should score a touchdown every time he gets the ball so he’ll often not hit the hole hard because he wants something better than what has been blocked. He gets a lot of 2-yard losses that way.

  4. I’m not sure why people think he is washed up physically. Injuries have been a problem recently, but the biggest issue is he doesn’t fit the game any more. I’m pretty sure he was the one that missed the block that ended Carson Palmer’s season…

  5. Chubbs Gruden knows that his pathetic conditioning program and his annual Camp Snowflake is biting him again – so why not put the new guy out there to get hurt instead of one of the projected starters – this child abuser costs next to nothing and has nothing to lose.

    I can’t wait to see this team sink under the mediocrity of Alex Smith and his 14 year career of doing nothing along with the incompetence of the offensive line and NO RUNNING GAME. I can’t wait to enjoy the demise of yet another pathetic team under Chubbs Gruden. And there are so many lowlife guys to hate on this team.

  6. Patriot Way noted how good everyone looks in preseason – and remember that the former Redskins Great Gimmick, Robert Griffin the Turd, was near perfect in training camp. When the regular season started it was as if someone kidnapped him and replaced him from the “Dynomite” kid from “Good Times”.

  7. Kills me how some people think that their own candle gets brighter by trying to blow out someone else’s. It doesn’t. Hey AP don’t like your personal choices but I am all about the play on the field. You deliver, I’ll love watching again. Go get ’em. My candle gets brighter by rooting for others to burn brighter.

  8. Gruden: he looks great.
    Peterson: I’m only 3 yards behind Bettis, and 40 something behind Jim Brown.
    Gruden: he looks strong.
    Peterson: I got so many child support payments going on.
    Gruden: he is in great shape.
    Peterson: I can convince this idiot coach.

  9. “I can’t wait to see this team sink under the mediocrity of Alex Smith and his 14 year career of doing nothing along with the incompetence of the offensive line and NO RUNNING GAME. I can’t wait to enjoy the demise of yet another pathetic team under Chubbs Gruden. And there are so many lowlife guys to hate on this team.”

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    Uhhh… okay…. Alex Smith was among the top 3 QB’s in the game last year and has lead the Chiefs to 11+ win seasons in 4 of the past 7 years. The Redskins OL is ranked 12th by Pro Football Focus and you’re pretty much the lowlife I want to hate so…..

  10. Hey fanboys, act smart. His nic is AD which stands for All Day. Geesh.

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    “Peterson has said, most notably during a question and answer session on Reddit, that he clearly prefers “AD.” Potentially confusing because it also happens to be the first two letters of his name, the title was given to him by his father when he was a child.”

  11. Peterson is going to spank the Broncos. I thought of that joke all by myself.

    I hope he plays Friday. In addition to missing time on the field due to injury, there’s also the time he missed when he was suspended. That all adds up to less wear on his body than other RBs his age. Let’s see what he’s got left in the tank. I’m a fan, I’d like to see him back in the NFL.

  12. I just don’t understand that hatred for AP. He’s a future Hall of Famer. Why the disparaging comments?

  13. Not surprised he’s in shape. Not surprised the coach wants to play him, either. He’s already better than the non-injured backs on the roster.

  14. Wouldn’t it be funny if AP ends up returning close to his old form. I wonder what haters would say.

  15. Good health & fortune to you, AD. I also hope you take Samaje Perine under your wing…teach him how to dig deeper & reach the potential that was/is there. May Washington beat that Cowboy arse twice this year & win the division.

  16. Tell your QB to get rid of the ball in 1 second if he is relying on a AP block.
    He will be ready to play next game as long as he does not have to block and there is only 1 play in his playbook.

  17. I wonder if he will be on the team once RB who can actually block start hitting the waivers with the cutdown. Yeh get a look at him now. I would not put him on the field with a pass play if you value the QB

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