Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings
|RB - #1||MIN||Out||8 years||28||6'1||217||@AdrianPeterson|
2013 Outlook: Stud (low risk)Last updated on Jun-21-2013 by Rob Warner
What can Purple Jesus do for an encore after he miraculously came back from ACL/MCL surgeries and fell just 9 yards short of Eric Dickerson's single season rushing record (AD finished with 2,097 yards on 31 fewer carries than Dickerson)? His seven games of 150+ yards tied Earl Campbell. He seemed to get stronger as the season wore on totaling 1,598 yards over the final 10 games and finished as #1 fantasy RB with eye popping 6.03 yards per carry and 13 total touchdowns. Not surprisingly, he was awarded the MVP and finished 2nd to Peyton Manning for Comeback Player of the Year. The 7th overall pick of the 2007 draft out of Oklahoma has averaged 293 carries for 1,476 yards (99 YPG) over his first 7 seasons and at age 28 shows no signs of wearing down. AD has amassed 78 total TDs and in 2012 he became a bigger factor in the passing game, hauling in 40 receptions for 217 yards. Unless you own the #1 pick in your draft, you won't be getting Peterson on your team this season. AP's goal for 2013 is to top 2,500 yards - which seems crazy until you consider that he is a genetic freak.
Apparently, the Vikings franchise player has made it known who he'd like to have handing him the ball in 2014. Running back Adrian Peterson tweeted on Thursday that he thinks QB Michael Vick could be the key to Minnesota getting back to the playoffs. Vick started six games for Philadelphia in 2013, injured his hamstring, then stood on the sideline the rest of the year, holding a clipboard, while Nick Foles put up impressive numbers in his 10 starts and led the Eagles to the playoffs.
While it's still very possible that the Eagles re-sign Vick when free agency opens this month, he won't figure to be in the picture as the starting QB in Philly. If Vick thinks that he has a better shot at starting in Minnesota, it's not entirely ridiculous to think he may consider that option. The Vikings had three quarterbacks on their roster at the end of the year in Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel, and Josh Freeman. Cassel and Freeman became free agents when the season ended and it's obvious the Vikings didn't have a ton of confidence in Ponder.
The Minnesota brass has stated that they consider all facets of how a player will affect their team, including the impact to the team's culture, before pursuing anyone in free agency. However, I'm sure they're also mindful of what message Peterson is sending with his simple tweet. Peterson's vote of confidence for Vick may be more of an indication to Vikings management that he isn't really in the mood to continue "developing a QB". He wants to win and he wants to win now. He thinks Vick gives them a chance to do that. Even if the Vikings don't pursue Vick, they'd better be mindful of Peterson's message. The last thing any team wants is their face of the franchise being disgruntled.
The signing of Vick would obviously make Peterson happy. In addition, it would probably be good for young WR Cordarrelle Patterson to have a veteran QB throwing him the ball for an entire season. Vick would definitely be an upgrade over anything the Vikings had going for them in 2013.
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2013 Mock Draft Results
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
|1.01||FFToolbox - Jeb Gorham - After AP's comeback and great performances last season he had to go first. He is the one standout RB before you get to the next group - Foster, Martin, Rice and I have to agree with Ben on Charles.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
|1.03||Gridiron Experts - I figured I'd choose between Jamaal Charles and Arian Foster here, but was pleasantly surprised to have the consensus #1 guy in the land be available.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
|1.01||FantasyTaz - Some are trying to be cute and predict someone passes ADP this year and while it may happen there is just no way I can pick anyone else at #1. Peterson showed that he is a special kind of talent, especially when you consider he had just come back off a major injury, plus he played through several other injuries during the season that would have sent many lessor RBs to the training table.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
|1.02||Rotoexperts - Tony|
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