Adrian Peterson has rushed for more yards in a season than everyone in NFL history except one man. And he isn’t looking to slow down in the 2013 season.
In all fairness he had a slow start in the 2012 campaign he only crossed 100 yards once in the first 6 games. And that was a game where he rushed 102 yards. If he had a full 16 games like the last 1o, he could easily do it.
The Minnesota Vikings resigned full back Jerome Felton who was integral in Peterson’s MVP season. And Felton thinks it is possible Peterson could reach 2,500 yards.
“I really don’t feel like it’s out of reach,” Felton said, via The Star Tribune. “You look at it. It’s what, around 155 yards per game? With him, that’s doable.”
Jared Allen agrees:
“With that dude? It’s logical. And yeah, that’s crazy. … But I think too, with the way the league is now as such a pass dominant league, you’re seeing smaller fronts. You’re not having that 330-pound nose tackle anymore. You’ve got to have guys there who can rush the passer because of these spread offenses and these check-down systems. So you get a team like us that likes to run the ball with a back like Adrian and smaller [defenders] on the field, 2,500 might not be a stretch.”
But if the coaches aren’t calling the play it’s not doable. But coach Leslie Frazier thinks its a good goal and it is possible.
“I think it’s a good goal to have if you’re Adrian Peterson. He’s more than capable of getting it accomplished.”
But unlike last season where the one-dimensional Vikings had to force Peterson the ball they’re looking for more balance this time around, and that could hurt his numbers.
Another note is that no 2,000 yard rusher broke the 1,500 yard mark the following season.