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Adrian Peterson

29-Year-Old Running Back – Minnesota Vikings

2013 Rush/Rec Stats

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2014 Rush/Rec Projections

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2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

While Peterson delivered his seventh double-digit touchdown total in his seven NFL seasons last year, there are some cracks starting to appear in the facade for the 6-1, 217-pound ballcarrier, who's e...

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2014 ADP:  7.65

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HT: 6' 1"   WT: 217   DOB: 3/21/1985  College: Oklahoma  Show ContractHide Contract

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Adrian Peterson Contract Information:

Agreed to a six-year extension worth $96 million with the Vikings in September of 2011.

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Peterson (groin) may not see game action until the regular season, NFL.com reports.

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Adrian Peterson NFL Stats
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  Rushing Rush Distance Big Rush Games Receiving Kick Ret Punt Ret Fumbles
Year Age Team G Att Yards TD Avg 20+ 40+ 100+ 150+ 200+ Rec Yards Avg TD Tar Yds TD Yds TD Tot Lost
2007 22 14 238 1341 12 5.6 - - - - - 19 268 14.1 1 28 - - - - - -
2008 23 16 364 1760 10 4.8 - - - - - 21 125 6.0 0 39 - - - - - -
2009 24 16 314 1383 18 4.4 12 3 - - - 43 436 10.1 0 57 - - - - - -
2010 25 Min 15 283 1298 12 4.6 9 2 5 1 0 36 341 9.5 1 50 0 0 0 0 1 1
2011 26 Min 12 208 970 12 4.7 7 2 3 1 0 18 139 7.7 1 23 0 0 0 0 1 0
2012 27 Min 16 348 2097 12 6.0 27 8 10 7 2 40 217 5.4 1 51 0 0 0 0 4 2
2013 28 Min 14 279 1266 10 4.5 8 3 0 0 0 29 171 5.9 1 40 0 0 0 0 5 3
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Adrian Peterson Fantasy/Red Zone Stats
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  Fantasy Points Per Game Rushing Stats Red Zone Runs Receiving Stats Red Zone Targets
Year Age Team G Standard PPR 0.5 PPR Att/G Yds/G In20 In10 In5 Rec/G Yds/G YPT In20 In10 In5
2007 22 14 17.1 18.4 17.7 17 96 17 - - 1 19 9.6 1 - -
2008 23 16 15.5 16.8 16.2 23 110 54 - - 1 8 3.2 0 - -
2009 24 16 18.1 20.8 19.5 20 86 65 42 30 3 27 7.6 4 2 0
2010 25 Min 15 16.1 18.5 17.3 19 87 43 27 19 2 23 6.8 6 3 1
2011 26 Min 12 15.7 17.2 16.5 17 81 40 23 12 2 12 6.0 10 6 2
2012 27 Min 16 19.3 21.8 20.6 22 131 60 28 15 3 14 4.3 7 4 3
2013 28 Min 14 15.0 17.1 16.0 20 90 39 20 7 2 12 4.3 7 1 1
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Adrian Peterson – Playing Time Overview

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Snap Count Stats

674

Offensive Snaps in 2013

Adrian Peterson was on the field for 674 of his team's snaps on offense in 2013.

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Special Teams Snaps in 2013

Adrian Peterson was on the field for 0 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2013.

Year Off ST
2011 - -
2012 770 0
2013 674 0

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Adrian Peterson 2013 Game Log
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  Snap Count Rushing Rush Distance Receiving Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret Red Zone Runs Red Zone Targets
Week Opp Off ST Att Yards TD Avg 20+ 40+ Rec Yards Avg TD Tar Tot Lost Yds TD Yds TD In20 In10 In5 In20 In10 In5
1 @Det 50 0 18 93 2 5.2 1 1 4 18 4.5 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 1 1 1 1
2 @Chi 54 0 26 100 0 3.8 1 0 1 7 7.0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 5 2 1 0 0 0
3 Cle 65 0 25 88 1 3.5 0 0 6 27 4.5 0 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 6 4 1 1 0 0
4 Pit 47 0 23 140 2 6.1 1 1 0 0 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0
5 BYE Bye Week
6 Car 37 0 10 62 0 6.2 1 0 3 21 7.0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
7 @NYG 58 0 13 28 0 2.2 0 0 2 28 14.0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
8 GB 34 0 13 60 1 4.6 0 0 3 23 7.7 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0
9 @Dal 57 0 25 140 1 5.6 1 1 3 37 12.3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 2 0 0 0 0
10 Was 42 0 20 75 2 3.8 0 0 2 2 1.0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 1 1 0 0
11 @Sea 44 0 21 65 0 3.1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
12 @GB 65 0 32 146 1 4.6 1 0 1 2 2.0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 6 3 3 0 0 0
13 Chi 79 0 35 211 0 6.0 2 0 2 0 0.0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3 0 2 0 0
14 @Bal 16 0 7 13 0 1.9 0 0 1 4 4.0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 Phi
16 @Cin 26 0 11 45 0 4.1 0 0 1 2 2.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 Det

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player was not on the field for any plays in the game that week.

Measurables Overview for Adrian Peterson
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Weight:   217 lbs
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Adrian Peterson: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Peterson, who underwent surgery in January to repair a groin injury, has been taking close to a normal workload in this week's OTAs, USA Today reports. "I'm well enough to go out and perform, and I don't feel like I'm going to injure myself or hurt myself," Peterson said.

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Peterson, who underwent surgery in January to repair a groin injury, is taking part in the Vikings' three-day pre-draft minicamp, 1500espn.com reports.

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Not that we were especially concerned with Peterson's ability to move past the injury, but it is nonetheless encouraging that at this stage of the offseason the star running back is "doing fantastic," in the words of coach Mike Zimmer. While the 29-year-old Peterson is locked in as the Vikings' top back, it remains to be seen who emerges as his primary backup, following the free agent departure of Toby Gerhart. Currently, Matt Asiata is penciled into that role, with Joe Banyard and Bradley Randle also on hand, but we'd expect the Vikings to continue to bolster their backfield, perhaps as soon as next week's NFL draft.
Peterson, who is bouncing back from January groin surgery, expects to participate in the Vikings' offseason workouts, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

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While Peterson indicated that he can't put a specific date on his return, he suggested that he's headed in the right direction on that front. "I can't say I'm back right now," Peterson said, "but I'm not far off that at all." The Vikings' voluntary minicamp runs from April 29-May 1, while the team's offseason workouts are slated to take place in late May and early June.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Friday that Peterson (groin) should be ready for April minicamp, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports.

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New Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner said that he wants to get the ball to Peterson in space more often, ESPN.com reports. "He's run the ball in closed-in quarters with a lot of defenders there and he makes a lot of long runs, making people miss or running over people," Turner said. "It's hard to do, but we would like to get him in space and getting the field spread a little bit better for him."

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Vikings fans and owners alike have long wondered why the Vikings don't make more of an effort to involve Peterson in the passing game. Nobody will mistake him for a Jamaal Charles or LeSean McCoy, but Peterson probably has better hands than people give him credit for, and he's obviously lethal with the ball in open space. New offensive coordinator Norv Turner didn't specifically say that he wants Peterson to catch more passes, but that seems to be what Turner was alluding to. Of course, Peterson would also have more room to work with, if the Vikings could piece together an above-average passing game for the first time since Brett Favre's final retirement. From the perspective of Peterson's owners, the Vikes would ideally sport an improved passing game that features him as a major component. That may be asking for a bit much, but anything is possible this early in the offseason. As for Peterson's groin injury, the superstar running back is expected to make a full recovery before the end of March.

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2013

After an MVP year in which he fell just nine yards shy of breaking Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record, Peterson set the bar high even for him. That he was able to do so barely eight months removed from reconstructive knee surgery bordered on the miraculous. And his 10-game romp to end the season during which he piled up 1,598 rushing yards at a whopping 6.8 YPC and 11 total scores might have been the greatest stretch by a back in modern NFL history. While the lack of a viable Vikings passing game ensured defenses stacked the box against Peterson, he rendered the tactic impotent with a league-leading 1,047 yards after contact. Now 28 and with 1,754 career carries, Peterson has some mileage on his body, but it's hard to get overly concerned about that when Peterson only got stronger as the year wore on. And he's now 20 months removed from his knee surgery, so the joint should be back to full strength. While Peterson is a competent pass catcher Ė he caught 40 balls last year, the second-highest total of his career Ė he doesn't excel in that area and will likely give up production to most of the other top backs, particularly in PPR formats.

2012

Peterson was having his typical productive season until injuries struck last year. The first was an ankle sprain in Week 11 that cost him three games followed by a much more serious torn left ACL and MCL and meniscus damage. Moreover, the injury occurred so late in the year he didnít have surgery until December 31. Most mortals would be a near lock to start 2012 on PUP, but Peterson plans on being ready for Week 1. All reports had his rehab going extremely well, and he even finished first running wind sprints with teammates in late April. A best-case scenario would still likely be a scaled down workload over the beginning of the season, especially with Toby Gerhart emerging as a capable alternative. Peterson remained the NFLís best running back before going down, and while offseason reports have been positive, and heís still in his prime, there are obvious concerns about an RB coming off major knee surgery such a short time ago. Consider Peterson a high-risk, high-reward pick.

2011

Petersonís numbers were down last season, when he finished with a career-low 1,298 rushing yards. Still, his YPC bounced back, and his ball security issues were corrected in a big way. Most of the drop in production can be pointed to a leg injury that cost him one game and decreased his usage, as he was given more than 17 carries in just one of the seasonís final nine contests. Peterson has battled the injury-prone label since entering the league, but last seasonís missed game was his first in the last three years. While nagging injuries plagued him over the second half, Peterson sill finished as the No. 3 fantasy back. Peterson remains the leagueís most elite back, as he led the NFL in broken tackles for the second year in a row (he finished second in 2008), and his continued development as a receiver is terrific news for his fantasy value. His conversion rate at the goal line (9-for-18) was also third best in football. There was reason to worry about Minnesotaís quarterback situation until the team traded two sixth-round draft picks for Donovan McNabb. Nevertheless, the Vikings will continue to rely on Peterson to carry the offense, which is why he is both the safest and highest upside pick on the board.

2010

Despite a big upgrade at quarterback, Petersonís YPC dropped to a career-low 4.4 last season, but he more than made up for it by improving greatly as a receiver and getting more work at the goal line. Peterson scored an NFL (and career) high 18 touchdowns, and he more than doubled his previous-high with 43 catches. Moreover, his 10.1 yards-per-catch tied for second-best in the league among running backs and was a huge improvement from his previous year. Peterson saw his big plays (rushes for 20- plus yards) drop from 20 in 2008 to 12 last season, but he remains plenty explosive, and his strength was utilized plenty, as his 42 carries inside the 10-yard line and 30 goal-line rushes both led the NFL. However, fumbling remains a problem, as Peterson had the most lost (six) in the league for the second straight season. The good news for Peterson is that Minnesota has a handful of offensive weapons, so defenses can no longer stack eight men in the box to slow Peterson down. One area of concern is the fact that Minnesota used its second-round pick to draft Toby Gerhart, who immediately becomes the teamís RB2 with Chester Taylor out of town. While Gerhart is a threat to steal some goal-line work, Peterson figures to be given even more responsibilities on third downs, so increased numbers in the passing game should be expected. While Taylorís workload continued to decline, he still racked up 44 catches last season, and the rookie Gerhart is unlikely to be trusted in passing situations. While itís safe to assume the offense would take a step back should Brett Favre decide to retire, the Vikings still have one of the better offensive lines in football, and the defense is among the elite as well, so Peterson will be surrounded by good teammates regardless. He should once again dominate carries, and the fact heís becoming a complete back means a career-high in yards from scrimmage could be in store, especially if last yearís 4.4 YPC mark can creep back up toward his career level (4.9).

2009

Last year Peterson stayed healthy for all 16 games and led the NFL in rushing, yet it somehow all felt like a disappointment. Thatís what happens when you follow a rookie campaign as impressive as Petersonís. He saw his YPC drop from 5.6 to 4.8 and his touchdowns decline from 13 to 10 despite seeing 127 more touches. Still, 1,885 total yards with 10 scores is pretty good for what can be considered a letdown, and most encouraging of all was Petersonís ability to stay healthy even with a full workload. Peterson is a rare talent who might be both the fastest and strongest running back in the NFL. Heís almost never brought down at first contact and is lethal in the open field with tremendous breakaway speed. He easily led the league with 20 carries for 20-plus yards in 2008 while also converting a remarkable five of his nine goal-line attempts for scores. However, Peterson struggled mightily as a receiver, as he gained a paltry 6.0 yards per catch on his 21 receptions last season. He also needs to work on ball security Ė his nine fumbles were by far the most in the league. The Vikingsí offensive line took a small step backward last season, but part of the problem was Bryant McKinnie opening the year with a four-game suspension. Chester Taylor is still around to spell Peterson, but heís become nothing more than your typical backup, as this is clearly Petersonís backfield. With Bernard Berrian, a healthy Sidney Rice and exciting rookie Percy Harvin, thereís talent in the receiving corps, but quarterback remains the big question on offense. Tarvaris Jackson impressed at times last season, but after he failed spectacularly during a loss to the Eagles in the Wild Card round, Minnesota traded for Sage Rosenfels, whoís the favorite to start Week 1. Rosenfels figures to be an upgrade, but heís turnover-prone and is hardly a Pro Bowler. Meanwhile, there remains the possibility that Brett Favre could be brought into the mix. Peterson is entering just his third year in the league and still has room to grow. He has fresh legs and plays for a team with a strong offensive line, solid defense and an improving passing attack. Petersonís lack of receiving ability limits his upside somewhat, but there isnít a bigger threat to rush for 2,000 yards in football, and itís safe to expect more than nine goal-line carries in 2009 and hence more touchdowns. Thereís still some risk for injury, but he made it through a 363-carry campaign last year relatively unscathed, and Minnesota will once again rely heavily on him in 2009.

2008

Peterson took the league by storm in 2007, totaling more than 1,600 yards with 13 touchdowns in just 14 games. He finished second in the league with 1,341 rushing yards despite starting only nine contests, and his 5.6 YPC ranked only behind situational rusher Jerious Norwood among ballcarriers with more than 100 rushes. Of some concern is Peterson's feast-or-famine nature, as he went eight games with fewer than 80 yards rushing while averaging 159 rushing yards in the six others, including setting the single game NFL rushing record with 296 yards against the Chargers. Peterson's also in a great spot Ė the Vikings have quite possibly the league's best offensive line and improved their offense with the addition of Bernard Berrian at wide receiver. Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson is a question mark, as his subpar 9:12 TD:INT ratio often allows opposing defenses to focus on stopping the running game. For all his upside, however, Peterson's not without risk. Heís been injury-prone since college and suffered a torn LCL last year, which cost him two games and limited him the rest of the season Ė he averaged just 2.7 YPC over the final four contests while wearing a cumbersome knee brace. Itís also disconcerting Peterson received just six goal-line carries last season, but Chester Taylor only converted two of his nine rushes from in close and has a success rate of just 24 percent at the goal line over the past three years, so Peterson should see the majority of touches near paydirt. Additionally, Peterson's success rate on red-zone rushes (7-of-20) was easily the best in football. It also reveals massive touchdown potential, considering Peterson scored 13 times when given so few chances from in close. And for those worried about Peterson's health issues, having a clear-cut backup in Taylor can actually be a positive, as that situation is muddled in San Diego and Indianapolis.

2007

Thereís no doubting Petersonís talent. He ran for 4,045 yards and 41 touchdowns in 31 games at Oklahoma and has the potential to be a franchise back with his combination of size, speed and strength. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.37 seconds, yet is 6-2, 217, and doesnít shy away from contact. In fact, he invites it. Petersonís aggressiveness is often compared to Eric Dickersonís, but the upright style has also raised durability concerns. He dislocated his shoulder in 2004 (no games missed), suffered a high ankle sprain in 2005 (missed parts of three games) and endured a broken collarbone in 2006, forcing him out of action for the final seven weeks. He still finished with 1,012 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns last season, showing just how productive he can be when on the field. Peterson set an NCAA freshman single-season rushing record with 339 carries, suggesting these past couple of injuries might be flukes, and doctors elected to let his broken collarbone heal on its own rather than opting for an additional surgery. Peterson joins a fairly crowded backfield and could begin the year as Chester Taylorís backup. Merely an average running back (4.0 YPC), Taylor had 345 touches last season, but his backups averaged 5.0 behind a solid offensive line anchored by Steve Hutchinson, Matt Birk and Bryant McKinnie. As such, Peterson should be heavily involved from the start and will almost certainly take over the starting job at some point during the season.