May 29, 2016

Overall Ranking

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Season Schedule

  • Week 1 - Sep 07

    MIN @ LAR

  • Week 2 - Sep 14

    NE @ MIN

  • Week 3 - Sep 21

    MIN @ NO

  • Week 4 - Sep 28

    ATL @ MIN

  • Week 5 - Oct 02

    MIN @ GB

  • Week 6 - Oct 12

    DET @ MIN

  • Week 7 - Oct 19

    MIN @ BUF

  • Week 8 - Oct 26

    MIN @ TB

  • Week 9 - Nov 02

    WAS @ MIN

  • Week 10 - Nov 09


  • Week 11 - Nov 16

    MIN @ CHI

  • Week 12 - Nov 23

    GB @ MIN

  • Week 13 - Nov 30

    CAR @ MIN

  • Week 14 - Dec 07

    NYJ @ MIN

  • Week 15 - Dec 14

    MIN @ DET

  • Week 16 - Dec 21

    MIN @ MIA

  • Week 17 - Dec 28

    CHI @ MIN

  • Week 1 - Sep 09

    JAC 23 @ MIN 26

  • Week 2 - Sep 16

    MIN 20 @ IND 23

  • Week 3 - Sep 23

    SF 13 @ MIN 24

  • Week 4 - Sep 30

    MIN 20 @ DET 13

  • Week 5 - Oct 07

    TEN 7 @ MIN 30

  • Week 6 - Oct 14

    MIN @ WAS

  • Week 7 - Oct 21

    ARI @ MIN

  • Week 8 - Oct 25

    TB @ MIN

  • Week 9 - Nov 04

    MIN @ SEA

  • Week 10 - Nov 11

    DET @ MIN

  • Week 11 - Nov 18


  • Week 12 - Nov 25

    MIN @ CHI

  • Week 13 - Dec 02

    MIN @ GB

  • Week 1 - Sep 11

    MIN 17 @ SD 24

  • Week 2 - Sep 18

    TB 24 @ MIN 20

    41 rushes

    218 rush yards

    2 TDs

    4 receptions

    27 rec yards

    0 TDs

  • Week 3 - Sep 25

    DET 26 @ MIN 23

  • Week 4 - Oct 02

    MIN 17 @ KC 22

  • Week 5 - Oct 09

    ARI 10 @ MIN 34

  • Week 6 - Oct 16

    MIN 10 @ CHI 39

  • Week 7 - Oct 23

    GB 33 @ MIN 27

  • Week 8 - Oct 30

    MIN 24 @ CAR 21

  • Week 9 - Nov 06


  • Week 10 - Nov 14

    MIN 7 @ GB 45

  • Week 11 - Nov 20

    OAK 27 @ MIN 21

  • Week 12 - Nov 27

    MIN 14 @ ATL 24

  • Week 13 - Dec 04

    DEN 35 @ MIN 32

  • Week 14 - Dec 11

    MIN 28 @ DET 34

  • Week 15 - Dec 18

    NO 42 @ MIN 20

  • Week 16 - Dec 24

    MIN 33 @ WAS 26

  • Week 1 - Sep 09

    MIN 9 @ NO 14

    19 rushes

    87 rush yards

    0 TDs

    3 receptions

    14 rec yards

    0 TDs

  • Week 2 - Sep 19

    MIA 14 @ MIN 10

    28 rushes

    145 rush yards

    1 TDs

    5 receptions

    41 rec yards

    0 TDs

  • Week 3 - Sep 26

    DET 10 @ MIN 24

  • Week 4 - Oct 03


  • Week 5 - Oct 11

    MIN 20 @ NYJ 29

  • Week 6 - Oct 17

    DAL 21 @ MIN 24

  • Week 7 - Oct 24

    MIN 24 @ GB 28

    28 rushes

    131 rush yards

    1 TDs

    2 receptions

    41 rec yards

    0 TDs

  • Week 8 - Oct 31

    MIN 18 @ NE 28

  • Week 9 - Nov 07

    ARI 24 @ MIN 27

    15 rushes

    81 rush yards

    1 TDs

    4 receptions

    63 rec yards

    1 TDs

  • Week 10 - Nov 14

    MIN 13 @ CHI 27

  • Week 11 - Nov 21

    GB 31 @ MIN 3

  • Week 12 - Nov 28

    MIN 17 @ WAS 13

  • Week 13 - Dec 05

    BUF 14 @ MIN 38

    16 rushes

    107 rush yards

    3 TDs

    1 receptions

    1 rec yards

    0 TDs

  • Week 14 - Dec 12

    NYG 21 @ MIN 3

  • Week 15 - Dec 20

    CHI 40 @ MIN 14

  • Week 16 - Dec 26

    MIN 24 @ PHI 14

  • Week 17 - Jan 02

    MIN 13 @ DET 20

    283 rushes

    1,298 rush yards

    12 TDs

    36 receptions

    341 rec yards

    1 TDs


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Adrian Peterson

Minnesota Vikings

Adran Peterson - all hail Purple Jesus

Adrian Peterson is consistently one of the best running backs in football, and one of the last true bell cows in the game.  Peterson has always had the amazing ability to break off a huge run and has not had a season with a run of less than 54 yards.  Peterson has been the most consistent running back in the game, since his arrival in 2007.

Adrian Peterson has had the benefit of playing for the Minnesota Vikings, a team that plays indoors and does not have strong play from the quarterback position.  Peterson has had Tarvaris Jackson, Kelly Holcomb, Brooks Bollinger, Gus Freotte, Joe Webb, an old Bret Favre, a nearly as old (but much worse) Donovan McNabb and Christian Ponder as his quarterbacks.  The best quarterback he has had was Brett Favre at the end of his career, although that did not help Peterson out in the stat department as much as you would think.

When Favre arrived in Minnesota in 2009, Peterson was coming off a season where he had 1,885 yards from scrimmage (1,760 rushing yards), with 10 TD.  Having stronger play at the quarterback position made the Vikings a better team that was able to move the ball downfield more consistently, which played into Peterson’s hands, as he is the best red-zone back in the game.  Peterson took advantage that first season with Favre and scored a career best 18 touchdowns.  Peterson also had a career best with 43 receptions on the season for 436 yards.  During this time, Peterson also saw his yards per carry average drop to the lowest point in his career at 4.4 yards per carry.  That is pretty amazing, when 4.4 YPC is the lowest in your career, as there are many other running backs that never reach that mark.

Peterson had set the bar so high for himself at the onset of his career, that when his stats took a slight dip there were many in the media who were sure his best days were behind him, especially after tearing up his knee toward the end of the 2011 season.  During that season Peterson had seen his rushing yards per game drop to the lowest point in his career, at 80.8 and his yards from scrimmage per game was 92.42, the only time in his career where that stat was south of 100 yards per game.  The funny thing is, Peterson still had 13 touchdowns on that season, in only 12 games played.  In fact, Peterson has scored at least 10 touchdowns in every season of his career, which is freakish.  What Peterson did in 2012 was simply astounding.

Coming off of a blown out knee Peterson went ballistic in 2012, rushing for 2,097 yards and accumulating 2,314 yards from scrimmage with 13 touchdowns. Peterson had 10 games in which he rushed for over 100 yards, including 8 games in a row where he also had 2 games in which he rushed for over 200 yards and finished the season another where he rushed for 199 yards…SICK!!!

Peterson is that rare player that has had greatness over an extended period of time.  He is still in prime condition to continue to be a dominant back for years to come.  Peterson is the rare running back in fantasy football that can be taken as the #1 overall pick, and while he might not be the top scorer at the end of the season, he will still be a consistent scorer that wins you weeks, and have been the safest #1 overall pick since 2008, even in down years.

Adrian Peterson is an elite talent who posted 37 100-yard rushing games in his first 89 games played.  For his career he has averaged 315 carries for 1,591 yards, which is a 5.1 yards per carry average, and 14.4 touchdowns per season, based on 16 games.  If you add in his receiving numbers he has averaged 1,865 yards from scrimmage per season.  There will be a time when Adrian Peterson does slow down and becomes a normal running back, but that time still seems very far ahead in the future.


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2008 - 2011 Statistics

                          RUSHING                            RECEIVING                            FANTASY

                            Rush    Yards    TD         Rec   Targets   Yards   TD         Tot Pts   Pts/Gm

2011 Stats         208      970      12        18         23       139      1         188.9     15.7

2010 Stats         283     1298      12        36        50       341      1         241.9     16.1

2009 Stats         314     1383      18        43        57       436      0         289.9     18.1

2008 Stats         363     1760      10        21        39       125      0         248.5     15.5

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2012 Pros and Cons

(+) From a fantasy standpoint, he could fall into RB2 territory (second- or third-round pick) due to his injury. He’d be a HIGH value pick at that point

(+) In a video that surfaced a few weeks ago, AP28 was already faster than the other skilled position players and even beat Percy Harvin in a foot race

(+) One of the only true every down backs in the NFL

(+) Had 12 TDs in 12 games last year and has never had less than 10 in a season

(+) Purple Jesus has been good for nearly a TD per game over his five-year career (67 TDs in 73 games)

(–) First year off of an ACL injury takes time to heal - don't expect that same AP explosiveness

(–) There is always going to be a mentality issue for any athlete coming off of a major injury

(–) There are still lots of question marks to the Vikings passing attack, which could keep defenses stacked against the run

(–) Toby Gerhart did well in Peterson’s absence and could push for more carries this season because of it (and APs injury situation)

(–) In his last three regular seasons, Purple Jesus has only ran for 11 100-yard games (3 in ’09, 5 in ’10, 3 in ’11)

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2009 Review

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The year Adrian Peterson had in 2009 was a strange one to say the least.  The Vikings seemed to under-utilize him throughout the year, even though they claimed they wanted to keep Brett Favre as fresh as they could.  But of course, everyone knows the GM and coach of the Vikings is Favre. Also, Peterson fumbled more times than Petey from Remember the Titans.

However, there's no denying that his overall stats are Top-3 numbers for sure, but still, fantasy owners were expecting more from the man they call Purple Jesus.  It’s tough to be upset with nearly 1,400 yards rushing, another 400 receiving, and 18 overall touchdowns, but when you’re touted as the best running back in the game, you don’t expect a 5’11”, 200 lb. sophomore speedster (CJ2K) to beat you out in fantasy points.  When all was said and done, regardless of the immense expectations, AP28 still put up the most fantasy points he’s had in his career and looked like he should have no problem improving on those in the future.


adrian peterson - 2009 stats

~ Set career bests in rushing TDs (18), receptions (43), and receiving yards (436)

~ Set a Minnesota franchise record for rushing TDs with 18

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2010 Fantasy Outlook

The best news all offseason for Peterson and his fantasy owners was Chester Taylor signing with Da Bears. Taylor was used relatively often in 2009, but this means that Vikings ownership fully believes in AP. Expect ‘All Day’ Peterson to come back with a vengeance in 2010.  Purple Jesus is at his best when faced with a challenge, when standing toe-to-toe with adversity; and plenty of people are questioning him right now.  Most of those questions range from his fumble-itis to his lack of 100-yard games this past year, to Old Man Favre in pressure situations to his own linemen questioning his ability to follow instructions.  AP certainly looks in line for a telltale year in 2010, but the smart bet is on Purple Jesus rising to the challenge.  When faced with the “injury-prone” tag put on him before the 2007 draft, here was his reaction when asked about it:

"I'm a player who is coming in with the determination to turn a team around. I want to help my team get to the playoffs, win… and run wild. I want to bring people to the stands. I want people to come to the game to see what I can do next. Things like that can change the whole attitude of an organization. I want to win." (Robinson, Jon (2007-05-04) "Adrian Peterson Interview". IGN. http://sports.ign.com/articles/785/785800p1.html.

See what we mean?


~ Chester Taylor is gone, so more of the offensive responsibility will lie on his shoulders, regardless of Toby Gerhart's arrival

~ The offensive line is really good and wants to see him succeed

~ After a crucial fumble in the playoff loss against the Saints, he’ll be angry… and hungry

~ The coaches surely worked with him on his fumbling problem over the summer

~ Likewise, they will also work on his patience in hitting holes, something his offensive linemen complained about last year

~ The million dollar escalators in his contract for things like 2,000 yards or 20 TDs, or the $250,000 bonus for being named the NFL MVP are incentive enough for anybody

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The Battle for your Fantasy Soul

CJ28 vs. AP

Click here to read a comprehensive look at who the #1 player should be in your 2010 fantasy draft

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Peterson does not have a Twitter account.  The official Team Twitter account comes through here:  Vikings Player Tweets



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Featured Pieces

Click here to download a 1280x800 pixel desktop wallpaper of "All Day I Dream About The Purple Jesus"

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Adrian Peterson trucks Steelers William Gay - 10/25/09


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Adrian Peterson Desktop Wallpaper

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Click here to download this 1920x1200 JPEG of Adrian Peterson for your desktop wallpaper.

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Adrian signed a six-year, $40.5 million rookie contract back in July of '07.  The deal contained $17 million guaranteed, including a $1.555 million roster bonus in the second year.  Also available is an annual NFL MVP (or NFL ROY in 2007) incentive of $250,000 and a $1 million annual escalator for 20 rushing TDs.  He already added $2.5 million to his 2010 salary by rushing for over 1,000 yards in his first two seasons.  Should Peterson rush for 2,000 yards or 20 touchdowns, he adds $1 million each time he does to his 2011 salary.  There is no risk for holdout.

2010 - $3.64 million (+ $2.8 million roster bonus)

2011 - $7.72 million

2012 - $895,000 (voidable)

2013 - Free Agent

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Toby Gerhart is a mandatory handcuff to AP, and don't wait until the last few rounds, either.  Once you have your starting QB, 2-3 RBs, and 3-4 receivers, start thinking about locking down Gerhart.  He can be very productive behind this O-Line if AP goes down.

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Team Analysis

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Strength of Schedule

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Class is in-session

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Lots of carries

350 plus carries - next season

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Injury Report


Peterson has missed two games in his career and played in all 16 in '08. We'll take a hobbled stud who has the cujones to play through pain over some average schmo that never goes down, but won't bring the potential of 150 and two scores no matter the opponent. The injury concerns revolving around AP are blown too far out of proportion.

Adrian Peterson (back) is listed as probable for the Wild Card Round.


Pyro's take: Adrian Peterson returned to practice Friday after missing the last two days. He should be ready to go versus the tough defense of Seattle.

01/09/16, 01:33 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Adrian Peterson (back) didn't practice Wednesday.


Pyro's take: Adrian Peterson is just resting up for the big game. He played through this last week and should be fine for Sunday,

01/06/16, 11:47 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.rotoworld.com

Adrian Peterson said not to worry if he misses practice time this week.


Pyro's take: Ben Goessling via Twitter "At his event today, Adrian Peterson said his ankle is feeling "pretty good." If he misses practice time this week, don't worry about it."

12/23/15, 02:46 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Adrian Peterson named to the Pro Bowl


Pyro's take: Adrian Peterson was named to the Pro Bowl among five other running backs

12/23/15, 12:04 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: probowl.fantasy.nfl.com

AP: Historical Super Man Versus the Bears


Pyro's take: AP has 13 career games against Chicago. The kid has 14 TDs and averages 113 yards per game. Ratliff, Sutton, McPhee, McManis, Porter all Questionable & Callahan Doubtful. McPhee is a monster and he and Sutton make up 2 of their starting front 7. Loving AP in Week 15.

12/19/15, 10:15 AM CST by M O

Adrian Peterson should continue to have success against the Packers


Pyro's take: Adrian Peterson has had more success against the Packers than any team in his career, rushing for 1,648 yards and 11 touchdowns in 14 games. So facing the league’s 24th-ranked run defense Sunday should set up nicely for Peterson and an offense built around a power running game with multiple tight end sets. The running back said he’s excited to face the Packers for the first time since he ran for 146 yards against them in 2013, and he should get the ball plenty Sunday as the Vikings try to establish the run with temperatures in the 30s at TCF Bank Stadium. -- Ben Goessling

11/22/15, 03:30 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

Adrian Peterson rushed 26 times for 203 yards and a touchdown


Pyro's take: Adrian Peterson was an all day player against the Oakland Raiders. Rushing for 203-yards and a touchdown. He had 154 of those yards in the first half, and scored on a 80-yard run with just two minutes left to go in the game.

The Vikings are now 7-2 and Adrian Peterson leads the NFL in rushing by far and wide margin.

11/16/15, 03:09 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Adrian Peterson (illness) will be "good to go" Sunday


Pyro's take: Mike Florio reported "source with knowledge of the situation." has informed him that Peterson will play.

Peterson has a great match up against the Detroit Lions, who he torched for close 200-yards in week 2.

10/25/15, 02:05 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

Adrian Peterson


Pyro's take: Adrian Peterson said he felt "a little hesitant" taking handoffs out of the shotgun Monday night.

Adrian Peterson stated: "I felt a little hesitant a couple of times, [taking handoffs] out of the shotgun,” said Peterson, who had only 10 carries for 31 yards and three catches for 21 yards as the Vikings were mauled 20-3 at San Francisco’s Levi’s Stadium. “But outside of that, I felt pretty good, picking up guys in protection. A couple of the runs I had, it felt like I could have done a little better and a couple of them were pretty decent.”

09/17/15, 01:26 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.startribune.com

Peterson placed on exempt list

Adrian Peterson was placed on the exempt/commissioner permission list. This basically keeps him away from any team facilities until the child abuse chargers are handled.

Zygi and Mrak Wilf reconsidered their stance when they began to lose sponsorships. The Wilfs announced they reversed their early stance because they reflected on what they did.

Pyro's take: This basically ends the Adrian Peterson drama and most likely his season. The Vikings couldn't lose anymore money, and through a rule were able to fix their dumb decision. I expect that Adrian Peterson will try to fight this through the NFLPA.

09/17/14, 01:31 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: abcnews.go.com

Minnesota governor Mark Dayton: suspend Peterson

Minnesota governor Mark Dayton is pushing for Adrian Peterson to be suspended. "Whipping a child to the extent of visible wounds, as has been alleged, should not be tolerated in our state," Dayton said.

Dayton is in the process of re-election.

Pyro's take: The politics aside, its good to see people with power, fight against this reinstatement of Adrian Peterson. The more representatives that pull their support the more headway, society can make to get Peterson suspended throughout.

On the side, if you own Peterson, still hold on to him, this is going to be a wild-ride, and everything is up in the air as to whether he will be playing this week or not at all.

09/16/14, 02:47 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.startribune.com


Adrian Peterson was reinstated back into the Minnesota fold, after being deactivated against the Patriots. He is now able to practice, take advantage of team facilities, and play this Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

Owners Zygi and Mrak Wilf made a statement about this situation this morning "To be clear, we take very seriously any matter that involves the welfare of a child. At this time, however, we believe this is a matter of due process and we should allow the legal system to proceed so we can come to the most effective conclusions and then determine the appropriate course of action. This is a difficult path to navigate, and our focus is on doing the right thing. Currently we believe we are at a juncture where the most appropriate next step is to allow the judicial process to move forward."

Pyro's take: The "due process" statements from head coaches and owners lately, translates into "talent and money outweighs crime and disobedience." This, unfortunately, is nothing new for pro sports, if indeed, he plays on Sunday, he is an obvious start.

09/15/14, 11:36 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.usatoday.com

Peterson case to be reviewed

According to FOX's Jay Glazer, Adrian Peterson's case will be reviewed under the NFL's new domestic violence policy. We already know that Peterson will miss at least 1 week due to this case but it does not sound good for All Day.

Pyro's take: Under the terms of the new domestic violence policy, Peterson would be suspended 6 games if the NFL rules against him. This could be a big blow to fantasy owners if he is suspend for an extended period of time, buckle up this is going to be a long ride.

09/14/14, 11:15 AM CDT by Stagg Party
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Police have obtained photos

Sports Radio 610 in Houston obtained a draft of the police report which says Peterson admitted to "whoop" the four year old child. Upon noticing marks on the boy, his mother took him to a doctor. There, the boy said he was hit from a branch off a tree by Peterson.

"The doctor told investigators that the boy had a number of lacerations on his thighs, along with bruise-like marks on his lower back and buttocks and cuts on his hand. The police report says the doctor described some of the marks as open wounds and termed it 'child abuse.' Another examiner agreed, calling the cuts 'extensive.'

Pyro's take: Just doesn't look good for Adrian Peterson as more and more evidence piles in, it gets worse and worse. Minnesota may be hitting the waiver wire as both Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon are not answers for full-time, and I would avoid both as of now.

09/12/14, 05:01 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: minnesota.cbslocal.com

Peterson indicted

Adrian Peterson has just been indicted in Montgomery County for reckless or negligent injury to a child. Adrian Peterson's attorney Rusty Hardin, declined comment when contacted by FOX 26 Sports.

According to media sources the arrest came on charges of using a switch (long-like stick object) to consequence his child. TMZ has reported that "We're told the child returned home to his mother in Minn. who noticed injuries and took the child to a doctor. A short time later, the doctor contacted authorities in Texas to report Adrian."

Child Protective Services confirms they are working on a case involving Peterson and say the alleged victim is an 11-year-old boy.

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2014/09/12/adrian-peterson-indicted-for-child-abuse/#ixzz3D8ciCyDI

Pyro's take: Not good, this is going to met with severe justice, and could spell the end of Adrian Peterson's season, if not worse. Matt Asiata is the back-up for the Vikings, and if your in need or want to hand-cuff Peterson, he is the one next in line.

09/12/14, 03:53 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.myfoxhouston.com

Mike Zimmer on ADP

Q: What are your impressions of Adrian Peterson as a person?
A: He’s great. He’s done everything that we’ve asked him to do, he’s done, even more. One day during the OTAs he came to me and said, “I’ve gone pretty hard the last couple of days, I might need a little time off today.” I said, “Okay, do me a favor, go out on the field and stretch and then we’ll hold you out.” I told the running back coach after stretch, shut him down and so he went back to Kirby Wilson, he said, “You know, he’s feeling pretty good, can he keep going?” I said, “Sure, let’s go.” I think he likes competing, I think he likes being around the guys. He’s a good guy. I’ve had several conversations with him when I first got here and I have the utmost respect for him.

Q: Have there been any surprises or anything about Adrian Peterson that you didn’t know before you got here?
A: From watching him on tape, you know he’s fast, you know he’s powerful. Some of the cuts that I’ve seen him make out here are just outstanding. The way he catches the ball is very, very good, I didn’t know what kind of receiver he was. I guess that would be the two biggest things. Some of the cuts he made are like, wow. Like some of the great backs that you’ve been around.

Q: Adrian Peterson said that he wanted to improve on his pass catching this offseason have you seen that?
A: Yeah, I think I’ve seen him drop one ball the whole time and that was probably yesterday, I think. He catches the ball good. Obviously, when he’s got the ball in the hands he’s extremely dangerous. I think he caught one out here today on a flat route or a swing route or something. It’s good, it’s good. I think obviously, having a guy like Norv Turner, who he respects and he wants to continue to get him the ball in different ways. I don’t want to put words in his mouth, but I think he’s happy.

Q: It is important for a veteran like Adrian Peterson to have fun out here?
A: I think a lot of times when you work hard you have fun together. When guys are working hard it’s nice to have fun but it’s more important that we work smart, we work hard, we get better each and every day. We want to have fun, but fun isn’t my number one priority. If they’re having fun and they’re working hard then that’s a good thing.

Pyro's take: New head coach Mike Zimmer had a whole bunch of "coach speak" on Adrian Peterson, but a point I did notice, is that Peterson is in the game plan for more receptions. He had 29 last season, but has had two 40+ receptions in 2009 and 2012, and 36 catches in 2010. Look for Norv Turner to get Adrian the ball as much as he possibly can, and resulting to another 40+ reception season once again.

06/19/14, 04:38 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.vikings.com

AP does NOT have a Lisfranc...phew

Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier didn't have an update on the status of running back Adrian Peterson, who suffered a sprained right foot in Sunday's 29-26 loss to the Ravens.

Peterson will see a foot specialist on Monday as further evaluation along with more X-rays and a CT scan.

"Well, it’s a little painful," Peterson said. "Obviously it kept me out of the game. The MRI came back great so that’s good. Just got to get a CT scan to make sure the bone is OK."

Peterson said a Lisfranc injury has been ruled out. The foot was still sore in the locker room, but Peterson said it didn't swell up too much.

"Initially you don’t know exactly what’s going on when you’re feeling it," Peterson said. "That initial contact definitely didn’t feel good. I was kind of worried. But kind of cleared up a little bit after getting the MRI. I’ll see how things play out after the CT scan."

Peterson wants to play, but Frazier said the team’s record, 3-9-1, will factor into whether the running back returns this season.

“Depending on what we find out, it’ll factor in,” Frazier said. “We’ll find out more this afternoon and make a decision from there, but you can’t ignore that fact.”

Pyro's take: Every Peterson owner cringed yesterday when they saw him go down in agonizing pain, and then carted off the field. The news is better today with the injury being a sprained right foot, but there are still more tests to go through.

I would be shocked if the Vikings let AP play this week. This is the worst possible time for an injury like this, and will be the cause of many a fantasy playoff early exit.

12/09/13, 05:18 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.startribune.com

Coming off season high game, AP licking his chops for the Bears

Adrian Peterson was listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Packers because of a nagging groin injury.

The injury, however, didn’t seem to affect the 2012 NFL MVP, who rushed for a season-high 146 yards and scored a touchdown in the Vikings’ 26-26 tie with Green Bay at Lambeau Field.

Peterson’s 32 carries also were a season high and two short of his career high. He has 997 rushing yards this season.

Pyro's take: AP should have a monster game this week when his Vikings host the Bears. The Bears have no answers to stop anyone from rushing the ball against them. The Bears just gave up 258 rushing yards to the Rams and Benny Cunningham.

This epic fail of a rushing defense has been on full display since week 7 at Washington. In the five games since then Chicago has surrendered 985 yards on the ground, which is 197 yards per game. Now it is Adrian Peterson's turn to take a spin on the wheel of running back glory.

I spun the wheel for him and it said he is going to rush for 343 yards with 3 touchdowns. That may be a reach, but it is going to be a monster game this week.

11/25/13, 06:16 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.startribune.com

AP back to form

Adrian Peterson vowed that the Vikings would recommit to establishing their running game Sunday after he was limited to only 36 carries in the previous three games.

Peterson finally looked like his normal self again in a 27-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.

Peterson ran for 140 yards and one touchdown on 25 carries. His rushing total tied his season high, and he demonstrated no signs that a nagging hamstring injury still bothers him.

“That’s one thing we wanted to focus on coming into the game — establishing the run, keep pounding, keep pounding, put us in better positions for third down,” Peterson said.

Peterson gave the Vikings the lead late in the game with an 11-yard touchdown run that was set up by his 52-yard gain.

His touchdown run came on fourth-and-1 with 5 minutes, 49 seconds left and the Vikings down 20-17. Peterson finished the run by dragging Dallas defenders the final yards into the end zone.

Pyro's take: We have been talking about this in our podcast over the past 3 weeks, wondering when the Vikings are going to give the ball to Peterson. Leslie Frazier finally listened to the nation and gave the damn ball to AP. The Vikings are a team that is built around All Day, and if you don't give him the ball you are doing your team a disservice. Fantasy owners should feel a lot better going forward, as Peterson has a nice remaining schedule.

11/04/13, 04:34 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.startribune.com

Purple Jesus ready to roll

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (ankle) is being listed as probable on the team's injury report for Sunday.

Pyro's take: AP will be playing and is, as usual, a must-start for your fantasy football team this weekend.

12/11/09, 02:30 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: twitter.com