Ever since Adrian Peterson entered the NFL out of the University of Oklahoma, he has dazzled the likes of numerous NFL defenses and fans with his rare combination of power and speed. Since he was a rookie out of Oklahoma, Peterson has averaged 1,455 yards, 12 touchdowns and a solid five yards per carry for every single season. In 2012 Peterson came within nine yards of immortality as he rushed for 2,097 yards, second most on the all-time rushing list behind Eric Dickerson. Unfortunately for the Vikings last season, Peterson suffered a foot injury which forced him to sit out the last two games of the season. In his place came back up Matt Asiata who still was able to rush for a modest 166 yards and 3 touchdowns in his two games started.
This season for Peterson looks exceptionally bright as the Vikings have brought in some new pieces and instituted a new offensive scheme from the likes of former San Diego Chargers Head Coach Norv Turner. The Vikings added some offensive line help in the off-season with former Stanford offensive guard David Yankey, who should give the Vikes some added run blocking up front. As well Turner’s new scheme is very complicated, but Peterson supports it because of how it suits Peterson’s overall running style.
In a recent interview with NFL.com , Peterson gave his thoughts about this new season, particularly new additions to the team. “Of course [there are] new coaches…we have a lot of new faces in this building,” Peterson said.
However, Peterson was most impressed with the changes on offense with the new game plan that Norv Turner and coach Zimmer have instituted. “I would say probably the biggest difference is just offensively,” Peterson said. “It’s a totally different offense that we’re running. It’s really diverse.”
“I’m excited about what coach Turner has to offer to us. It fits me in all areas. As far as running the ball…I’ve been able to run the ball from the shot gun, been able to touch the ball spread out and run routes, as well.”
Peterson mentions how the new offensive scheme emulates running styles such as Hall-of-Famer Marshall Faulk.”The all-purpose back is what I’ve always envisioned myself as, you know the Marshall Faulks,” Peterson said. “So this offense is perfect for that. So that’s how it really helps the running back position.”
In terms of Peterson’s 2014 goals, he is not particularly concerned with breaking Eric Dickerson’s record. “First win in the NFC North, I guess the other goal is the NFC North and a Championship, man,” Peterson said. “You know if 2,500 yards comes with that, so be it.”
When asked about his overall health and potential at the moment, Peterson has virtually put his past injuries behind him and is feeling great. “I see my future bright. I’m excited. I’m 29, I feel young, I feel good,” Peterson said. “The body is feeling good, it’s all about staying focused and making sure you’re taking care of your body and you’re doing the things that’s going to give your body that longevity.
In conclusion, when asked if he was capable of 2,500 yards, Peterson responded in classic Peterson fashion; “Oh yeah, without a doubt. I’m like wine man, when I get older, I get better.”