Adrian Peterson still sets 2,000 rushing yards as season goal

AP

Adrian Peterson authored one of the seven 2,000-yard seasons in NFL history when he was 27 years old and checking that box hasn’t taken it off his list of goals now that he’s 34.

Peterson told Peter King last year that he believed he was capable of another 2,000-yard campaign and he isn’t setting his sights any lower as he gets ready for the 2019 season. The Washington running back told Tom Pelissero of NFL Media that “you have to set the bar high” to do big things and that’s just what he’s doing after running for 1,042 yards last season.

“I got my mark set at 2,000, I’ve always had it at that mark since I stepped into the league,” Peterson said. “So that’s where it’s at. But most importantly, I just want to contribute to the team and help this team win a championship.”

Peterson ran the ball 251 times last year and no other Washington back topped 43 carries, but there’s expected to be more shuffling in the backfield this season. Derrius Guice is expected back from last year’s torn ACL and Chris Thompson will be hoping for better health after missing six games last season.

Having all three backs healthy and productive wouldn’t help Peterson’s bid to become the first to cross 2,000 yards twice, but it would probably work out well for the Washington offense as a whole.

18 responses to “Adrian Peterson still sets 2,000 rushing yards as season goal

  1. AP need to worry about the number of playing time he might end up getting this year instead of thinking about 2k yards. I can barely see him getting half of the touches he had last year with Guice, Thompson and the rookie they drafted all looking for playing time

  2. He didn’t used to set it at 2,000. He used to set his goal at 2,500. i remember that every year.

  3. I almost rocketed coffee out my nose when I read this, LOL! He may want to cut that goal in half and shoot for 1,000 yards.

  4. Good for AD, the guy trains hard keeps himself in great shape but someone needs to tell AD – Ponder isn’t the QB. And it is 2019, he isn’t going to get enough attempts for that many yards. He will give it a great effort, he has always done that.

  5. I don’t see him getting 2K, but I do think he’s still got the legs and work ethic to be a top 10 back.

  6. This fool always talkd about his individual stats, never anything about winning or team goals. Yo, AP, your first goal should be making the roster this year……

  7. @chrisdmv
    Thompson is a 3rd down back and more of a receiver out of the backfield tham anything else so he won’t affect Peterson’s touches. Bryce Love is working his way back from a torn ACL and when finally healthy he will be being each rb in terms of knowing and executing playbook and id be very surprised to see him get a single touch early in the year as he will be the 4th string back barring injuries to the others. That leaves Guice and yes Guice likely will cut in to Peterson’s carries.

  8. He would’ve obliterated Dickersons record if they didn’t insist on letting Ponder throw an INT every now and then. He came up 8 yards short on 31 fewer carries.

  9. Well, if he gets there, let’s hope his son can run for 2001 yards.

  10. I am not certain AP will make the team. He looked awfully slow to me last season but then again he had to have had a lot of rust not playing 2014, 2016 and just the equivalent of 7 games in 2017. AP claims he can still turn out a 4.4 in the 40 yard but last year I just didn’t see it, he didn’t have that top gear. He actually averaged 10 less per game rushing than he did in 2017 with the Arizona Cardinals.

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