Adrian Peterson is back.
The 12-year vet signed a one year deal with the Washington Redskins this week in wake of their string of running back injuries, and he's raring to go.
The 'Skins are Peterson's third team in two years and despite making a impact with the Cardinals towards the back end of last season, there are still plenty of doubters who don't think he offers much value anymore.
The 33-year-old looked a non-factor in his short stint with the Saints last year, but that seemed to largely be down to the excellence of Pro Bowl duo Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara.
AP turned the clock back when he arrived in Arizona though, rattling off a vintage 134 yard, two TD game in his first outing against the Bucs, and followed that up with 159 yards on a monster 37 carries against the 49ers in week nine.
Sure, he had some leaner games in the weeks following but operating behind one of the league's worst offensive lines the former first round pick proved that he could still get it done at times.
It's worth noting that he's averaged just 3.1 yards per carry over the past two seasons whilst playing only 13 games, but the 2012 league MVP says he's far from done and those that doubt him don't know what they're talking about.
“It shows me people don’t really know about football,” Peterson said of his doubters, via the Washington Post. “I feel like people that know the game of football know different situations a player might be in.
"So when people go back and say, ‘Oh, 2.4 yards per carry,’ there’s a lot that contributes to that as well. I just brush it off. And I continue to work because at the end of the day I control my output. So that’s why I continue to work hard. I knew an opportunity would present itself. And at the end of the day, God’s willing, stay healthy, the guys up front stay healthy as well, I know that I’ll be able to contribute in a big way in the run game.” he added.
The seven-time Pro Bowler fully intends to make the starting job his own in Washington too; “Without a doubt,” Peterson said. “And I would be cheating myself if that wasn’t my approach.”.
The veteran rusher will have to beat out Rob Kelley, Chris Thompson and Kapri Bibbs for the right to sit atop the depth chart, but he seems as motivated as ever and if he can stay healthy he proved last season that he can still be a workhorse back at times.
By all accounts he's in fantastic shape too, and Redskins head coach Jay Gruden certainly thinks he can help his team.
“He proved to us he’s in great physical condition,” Gruden said. “He’s actually a physical freak, if you want to say that. From the start of the workout … to the end of the workout, he didn’t even break a sweat hardly. He’s in great shape, explosive. And that’s what really sold us."
Peterson is a future Hall of Famer, there's no doubting that, but this might be his last ride and it's so good to see him embracing the challenge to prove his doubters wrong one last time.News Now - Sport News