Jay Gruden “impressed” with Adrian Peterson in his first game action

AP

Less than a week ago, Adrian Peterson was waiting for a phone call. It came, and then came his chance to suit up and play.

Fifty-six yards on 11 carries later, Peterson’s new coach liked what he witnessed.

“I saw a big guy running pretty hard really,” Jay Gruden told reporters. “He had a five-yard average I believe, had a couple good bounces, and, you know, the thing I like about some of his runs is they look like they’re like gains of ones [yard] and he’d fall forward for a gain of three. The first run of the day I thought it was a three-yard gain and he ends up second and three. . . . I was impressed with Adrian and the way he ran.”

He has one more chance to run before the real games begin. Gruden hasn’t decided whether to give Peterson any reps in the preseason finale.

“We’ll see,” Gruden said. “I’m going to check out the tape and see how he’s feeling body wise and we’ll go from there. I think Samaje [Perine] should be OK by Thursday. We’ll get some good looks at them and we’ve got some other guys to look at. We’ve still got a lot of work to do as far as Thursday’s concerned; we’re looking at players.”

For his own part, Peterson was feeling OK after Friday night’s appearance.

“My body feels good right now,” Peterson told reporters. “I will see how it feels in the morning. But I feel like it responded well. It felt good, didn’t get tired, so cardio is where it needs to be and right now I’m looking at it as knocking a little rust off.”

The fans didn’t need much time to embrace the future Hall of Famer.

“I definitely felt the love. I heard a little chant of ‘AP’ on that fourth-and-one, and I was like, ‘I got to get this first down,'” Peterson said.

And he did, turning that fourth-and-one into a 15-yard gain. It wasn’t quite to the level of John Riggins in Super Bowl XVII, but it may have been enough to earn Peterson, whose veteran-minimum contract has no guaranteed money, a chance to convert fourth-and-short in regular-season games.

16 responses to “Jay Gruden “impressed” with Adrian Peterson in his first game action

  1. 4th down short yardage back?? Come on people. This guy has 1400+ yards in him with that o-line… if he had played the whole game he would have busted a big one. It was just a matter of time. Not a Redskins fan but they deserve credit for signing him. Many other teams were wrong not to do it as he would have been an upgrade for sure

  2. Looked good when the whole offense didn’t look good.. as a fan I’m intrigued but careful not to get my hopes up. Either way he can help with the injuries we have had. HTTR!

  3. jimmy2litre says:
    August 25, 2018 at 9:18 am
    4th down short yardage back?? Come on people. This guy has 1400+ yards in him with that o-line… if he had played the whole game he would have busted a big one. It was just a matter of time. Not a Redskins fan but they deserve credit for signing him. Many other teams were wrong not to do it as he would have been an upgrade for sure

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    Peterson most definitely DOES NOT have a 1400+YD season left in him , if he did he wouldnt of been on the market in late August. Peterson is done, he is washed up and becoming injury prone due to his body slowing/breaking down as he ages with all the wear n tear/miles he has on that body, at this point he is just embarrasing himself & tarnishing a HOF career as peoples last memories of him will be the 4-5yrs he hung around the NFL doing nothing just trying to stay relevant. The Skins run game is going to suck this season w/ AP as the lead back, good luck trying to run against Arizona’s front which had the #1 run defense in the NFL via DVOA last season.

  4. ericfast13 says:
    August 25, 2018 at 9:25 am
    Looked good when the whole offense didn’t look good.. as a fan I’m intrigued but careful not to get my hopes up. Either way he can help with the injuries we have had. HTTR!

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    Truer words never spoken.

  5. My understanding of the new helmet rule … please feel free to correct …
    It is about using the helmet as a weapon. Nothing illegal about running with your head down, although it can be detrimental. It is lowering it to “use it” to initiate contact. Lowering your head as you are going down, and protecting one’s neck, is not initiating contact. Adrian did nothing wrong … hence no flags.

  6. Part of NFL rule: 1. Player lowers his helmet to establish a linear body posture prior to initiating and making contact with the helmet.

    He lowered it to initiate contact as you stated. Hence your interpretation of the rule is correct with the later part of your statement not the former. It isn’t about using the helmet as a weapon. Glad to help!

  7. Good luck to AD, maybe he will do a better job in his new role for Washington than he did in Arizona or New Orleans.

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