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Zimmer: Vikings need to get Adrian Peterson more space, 'run him into a few less bodies'

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson had a “down season” after his 2,000 yard rushing campaign, of course by any other back it was an exceptional season. New Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer wants to get Peterson some more space to run though.

“He’s such a great player, a hall of fame player, one of the best ever,’’ Zimmer said Tuesday in an interview with ESPN at the NFL owners’ meetings in Orlando, via the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “I think you always got to use those kind of guys. We’d like to run him into a few less bodies, so there’s not 11 of them meeting him at the (line of scrimmage).’’

“That’s part of the thing, opening the field up, spreading the ball out a little bit. Getting him the ball in space. I’m watching a game the other day and the two safeties just kept creeping closer and closer. This guy is getting hit a lot. He’s a fantastic runner. If we can get him space, he can do a lot of damage.’’

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  • David Crosby

    Finally common sense coaching

  • Gordon Guffey

    Its a great idea ~ However they need to be getting him a lot of work in the mini camps in April to make sure its something he can do and do well ~ Also finding a very good backup in the first 3 rounds is a must ~ I dont believe AP had a backup on the roster thats good enough just in case injury happen to hit AP ~ Someone who can step in and step up and keep the running game going with the help of the depth on the roster ~ However I dont believe there is a RB capable of doing the job on the roster now ~ Its a shame they couldn’t keep Gerhart ~