Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is the heart and soul of the team’s offense, but he hasn’t contributed as much in the passing game as he would like. Despite the team going out this offseason and getting wide receivers Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson, Peterson wants to be the guy to step up. That’s right. Peterson, who is the best running back in the game, isn’t satisfied running all over defenses. He wants to show people that he is a receiving threat, and that will all begin by getting more involved in the passing offense.
“A lot of people have this misconception that ‘Adrian cannot catch the ball,’ and that’s so false,” Peterson said, via the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “They’ve really never thrown it to the running backs (here). But (Brett) Favre believed in us more and he (was) checking it down to us and getting the ball into our hand in the open field.”
It is scary enough for defenders trying to tackle Peterson between the tackles, but if he was catching passes out of the backfield the poor defensive backs would be helpless.
Peterson hopes to rush for 2,500 yards this season and, if he is able to improve his receiving numbers, the NFL’s single-season all-purpose yardage record would be in serious danger of falling.