Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has said he doesn't feel like the same player he used to be.
Peterson hadn't played a game of football for almost a year before the start of this season due to child abuse charges. So when he returned to the league, many thought due to the lack of football action he might not be the same player.
However, in the Vikings' week two matchup against their divisional rivals the Detroit Lions, the former NFL MVP ran for 134 yards and picked up 58 receiving yards, and looked like the Peterson of old.
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Despite this performance, one person still wasn't convinced, and that was Peterson himself.
He said, according to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press: “I worked extremely hard to be able to come back and be able to go, and not look like I’ve missed a step. But I can tell. [With] 130-something yards, people say, ‘Oh, he looks good,’ and this, that and the other. But me personally, I wasn’t the Adrian Peterson I remember last Sunday.”
But Peterson does want to be the player he used to be. He even said if he came close to breaking his single-game rushing record of 296 yards, he wants the ball. Ultimately, while he felt like he wasn't the player of old against the Lions, he still felt he was just warming himself up after a long period out.
“I really was able to kind of get my body broken in in this game. Like 30-something touches, so my body really took a pounding. So I had to build that callus over the entire body as I get back out there. So I’m sure guys will be bouncing off me a little more this Sunday.”
So we should all expect Peterson to take off against the San Diego Chargers once again in the Vikings' week three clash this weekend. Just like how he did back in 2007 when he broke the single-game rushing yards record.