NFL rumors have Adrian Peterson aiming for 2,500 rushing yards next season. Fantasy football owners will be pleased to hear that from Peterson, especially after the disappointing numbers he put up in the 2014 NFL season. A report from CBS Sports on Sunday (July 26) revealed the “lofty goal” that the former MVP has in mind.
It’s important to point out that the most yards Peterson has rushed for in his career is “just” 2,097. It stands as the second-most yards a running back has ever put up, with Eric Dickerson still holding the record with his 2,105 yards from 1984. It points to Peterson having little chance at actually rushing for 2,500 yards, but it doesn’t hurt to have a player set a mark like that. Still, the Minnesota Vikings could certainly use it as a promotional tool during the 2015 NFL season.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, recent NFL rumors stated that Adrian Peterson had restructured his contract with the Vikings. He now has a guaranteed contract of $13 million for the upcoming season, and additional guaranteed money for 2016. Getting the contract situation settled could be why Peterson has been commenting on his goals for next season. He has a lot to make up for after destroying the fantasy football teams for many owners with his 15-game suspension.
Peterson only appeared in one game during the 2014 NFL season, rushing for 75 yards on 21 carries. He did catch two passes for 18 yards, but Peterson averaged just 3.6 yards per carry and failed to notch a touchdown. After becoming the first overall selection in many fantasy football drafts, there were a lot of expectations placed upon him to improve in the coming weeks. That simply didn’t happen, as his personal life got in the way of his professional career, and the NFL ultimately banned him from playing the remainder of the season.
Now, the 30-year-old running back is ready to prove that he can still be the best in the game. The Minnesota Vikings will open up the season on the road, traveling to play against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium. They will have a national television audience, though, as this Week 1 game will serve as one of the Monday night football options on September 14. Plenty of previous NFL rumors have indicated how much talent the 49ers have lost on defense, so this might be the perfect opportunity for Adrian Peterson to put up huge numbers. Fantasy football owners are already salivating about it.
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