Adrian Peterson is back in full force for the Vikings squad. Similar to the Great Gambino, Peterson is guaranteeing a lofty goal of 2,500 rushing yards this season.
“I always keep the mark at 2,500 [yards]”
Coming off of his restructured contract which is guarantees him roughly $13 million.
Regardless of this his age, Peterson will inevitably play a significant role in whether the Vikings make it to the playoffs or not. Right now how the new Vikings contract is restructured he will be shooting for 2,500 a season until he is the ripe old age of 33! In running back years that is eons. Not a single player over the age of 29 (Barry Sanders) has eclipsed even 2,000 yards in a single season.
He has also recently been cleared of any legal issues which will help him focus solely on being the most sought after player in the fantasy world.
With that being said, it will be virtually impossible for an aging running back to put up 2,500 yards in a single season. The closest he has got to that mark was back in 2012 where he was seemingly invincible and he still was a solid 400 yards shy.
Zimmer told USA Today:
“Adrian’s going to get the heavy workload. So, the other guys are going to fight for their reps, As much as he can take, and as much as he can handle in all the things that we’re doing. Obviously, we’re going to have to spell him at times like you do a lot of guys. But we get down on the goal line, and we’re probably not pulling him out, you know? He’s our best player, and we’re going to continue to use him.”
This Sunday the Vikings will unveil the new Peterson against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are absolutely no slouches themselves, having put up 31 points per game last season. The trifecta of Roethlisberger, Bell, and Brown are looking to make quick work of Peterson and the Vikings.
Though if last year’s preseason numbers hold true, the undefeated Vikings should be a force to be reckoned with this Sunday. With the quarterback having a few necessary dents in his armor, Teddy Bridgewater showed a fair amount of promise for the Vikings last season. He went 7 -2 in his rookie season and now has the experience to do even better.
Whatever happens we are all excited that football is back with the Vikings looking like a force.
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