Teammates aren’t pleased with Adrian Peterson’s planned deactivation

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Washington got one of the free-agent steals of the year in 2018, signing running back Adrian Peterson in late August and watching him become the team’s offensive MVP for the season.

This time around, they clearly have buyer’s remorse, after giving Peterson a $1.5 million signing bonus and another $1 million in salary to stay with the team and, for now, not using him at all.

They may have a bigger issue than wasted money, however, now that news has trickled out that Peterson will be inactive on Sunday against the Eagles. Teammates, per a league source, are even more upset with the decision to not dress Peterson than Peterson is. Regarded by some as the best back in training camp, the question was supposed to be how many touches Peterson would lose to second-year second rounder Derrius Guice, not whether one of them would be standing on the sidelines in street clothes on game day.

And Guice, who tore an ACL in the 2018 preseason, will get his official NFL baptism without the safety net of a top-five left tackle in Trent Williams, who continues to hold out.

But as the dysfunctional team continues to do dysfunctional things, they got one thing right: Washington has yet to name team captains for 2019. Last year, the team captains were announced before the season-opening game. This year, if a vote were held before the news that Peterson won’t be dressing on Sunday, he quite possibly would have secured a “C”.

He still might do so anyway — if the votes are counted in the same numbers as they are cast.

27 responses to “Teammates aren’t pleased with Adrian Peterson’s planned deactivation

  1. This isn’t dysfunction. It’s necessary due to the fact that AP doesn’t play special teams. With Jordan Reed down they needed to make roster adjustments and needed Smallwood on the active roster because he plays teams. Thanks for making more out of this than necessary.

  2. Chris M says:
    September 8, 2019 at 9:20 am

    This isn’t dysfunction. It’s necessary due to the fact that AP doesn’t play special teams. With Jordan Reed down they needed to make roster adjustments and needed Smallwood on the active roster because he plays teams. Thanks for making more out of this than necessary.

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    No. You don’t bench your starting back and “training camp MVP” for a special teams consideration….

  3. Upset lol, a) these players havent been paying attention since this was a possibility and b) players dont make coaching decisions i thought many knew that already lol.

  4. I’m all for Guise starting but as he’s never played a regular season game before and is just coming off major surgery, I think having a solid back for him to platoon with would have been a better decision…Gruden makes some questionable decisions. Unless Guise blows up, Gruden is gonna get second guessed here

  5. This is such a political move. They don’t want Adrian to challenge their top draft pick and hope in Guice and having Adrian rip out another 90 yarder isn’t going to help their cause. Just release AD already and let him find another home

  6. Mark Bulloch of The Athletic Washington said on September 4th (or 5th) that AP would be inactive, Washington might only suit up 2 RBs on Sunday, and the team was considering CUTTING AP if Guice does well.

  7. Sure Guice could be a good player and it’s best to play younger guys on a rebuilding team but there is no reason AP shouldn’t get some touches especially with Guice coming back from a torn ACL

  8. Best RB in the last 20 years to grace the field. And he will retire in his rightful place as a Minnesota Viking.

  9. “This isn’t dysfunction. It’s necessary due to the fact that AP doesn’t play special teams.”
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    You’re trying to tell me competent teams with a 53-man roster have to deactivate starting running backs because of a single injury to a special teamer?

  10. That’s the same thing some people were saying when New Orleans let Peterson go in favor of the young unproven rookie, Alvin Kamara. But the coaches see the young running backs every day, and most of us don’t see what they see. Darrius Guice is a top 5 NFL RB. We’ll all see that pretty soon, just as we’ve all now come to realize Sean Payton knew what he had in Kamara. But it’s fun to second guess coaches, and I haven’t read the names of any unhappy players. “League sources”, as we’ve seen over and over again, don’t always get the real scoop. I get it, the Redskins haven’t made too many good decisions since Dan Snyder bought the team, so it’s always open season on criticism. That part, I’m good with, but just wait until you see Guice. He’s the real deal. Besides, it’s a QB league. How many super bowls has the great Adrian Peterson led his teams to? Zero!

  11. LOL! This team is as dysfunctional as the Cards (if that’s possible) and realize they need a total rebuild with tanking for the #1 draft pick their best option as this is a throw away game anyway. It will be a battle for last place and that #1 draft pick between the Skins, Cards & Phins…hmmm.
    Sorry to see AP wasting his final years on such a trash team, he and Larry Fitz in the same sad situation.

  12. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    September 8, 2019 at 10:20 am
    Best RB in the last 20 years to grace the field. And he will retire in his rightful place as a Minnesota Viking.
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    I couldn’t have said it better myself. Adrian Peterson is clearly the embodiment of all that it means to be a Minnesota Viking.

    Nope. I can’t do it. The Vikings, and their actual fan base, are too good for the likes of Peterson. Every living, breathing Viking fan I know washed their hands of him some time ago. If the 42 of you wish to worship him by all means, carry on.

  13. Adrian can do one thing … run the ball ,what is so hard to understand about this .The other backs are more versatile. And just because players are upset doesn’t mean the team is dysfunctional that’s hilarious … now if they went all AB well that is dysfunctional, Guice is healthy he was drafted high for a reason . But please enlighten me to why you are dysfunctional to the skins.put proof on paper.

  14. Peterson earned being the number 2 ack for Washington after he made them relevant last season. Jay Gruden is lost as a coach & management is in the same boat. They should have been able to trade rb S. Perine instead they released him. They do have some talent in that roster just not good coaching and management.

  15. Peterson earned being the number 2 ack for Washington after he made them relevant last season. Jay Gruden is lost as a coach & management is in the same boat. They should have been able to trade rb S. Perine instead they released him. They do have some talent in that roster just not good coaching and management. Their talent is better than the NYG.

  16. I think this says more about what the coaching staff is doing. Are you wanting to play the best person and winning now, or are conceding today and looking more toward the future. Peterson is today, Guice is the future.

  17. jimjets says:
    September 8, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Jay Gruden’s a joke.
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    Grudens are a joke. There now your statment is fixed.

  18. That’s the same thing some people were saying when New Orleans let Peterson go in favor of the young unproven rookie, Alvin Kamara. But the coaches see the young running backs every day, and most of us don’t see what they see. Darrius Guice is a top 5 NFL RB. We’ll all see that pretty soon, just as we’ve all now come to realize Sean Payton knew what he had in Kamara. But it’s fun to second guess coaches, and I haven’t read the names of any unhappy players. “League sources”, as we’ve seen over and over again, don’t always get the real scoop. I get it, the Redskins haven’t made too many good decisions since Dan Snyder bought the team, so it’s always open season on criticism. That part, I’m good with, but just wait until you see Guice. He’s the real deal. Besides, it’s a QB league. How many super bowls has the great Adrian Peterson led his teams to? Zero!

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    Coach Gruden despises Adrian Peterson so the real question is why they signed to a 2 year deal? Well last year when Guice went down they had to scramble to find a replacement which they did with Adrian. They paid him Veterans minimum of a $1 million. So this year they paid a signing bonus of $1.5 million along with a $1 million salary as insurance should Guice get injured again. It really doesn’t cost the team that much but AP is never going to play again with this team as Gruden despises him.

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