Adrian Peterson ‘excited’ about Friday’s debut with Redskins
It took Adrian Peterson far longer than he expected to latch on to a team, not signing with the Washington Redskins earlier this week. Now the onetime MVP running back is eager to prove he’s got plenty left in the tank.
The Redskins will host the Denver Broncos at FedEx Field on Friday night. Peterson is expected to see some action. Suffice to say, the 33-year-old cannot wait to get back on the field.
“I’m excited about it,” Peterson said, via The Washington Times. “I feel like it will be a great opportunity to get back out there and to be a part of a great organization. A good offensive, a good defensive team.”
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden hopes to get Peterson some action with the first-team offense against the Broncos after seeing the running back perform well in practices on Tuesday and Wednesday.
“Everything has checked out so far,” Gruden said, via ESPN. “He’s been great as far as his personality is concerned. Looks in great shape. Strong, physical. So we’ll see; I think it will translate positively.”
Peterson had a sub-par year by his standards in 2017, falling out of favor with the New Orleans Saints before a trade shipped him to the Arizona Cardinals. All told, Peterson rushed for 529 yards on 156 carries, a 3.4 yard average, and two touchdowns.
The question is whether or not age has finally caught up to Peterson. After all, few running backs produce standout seasons at his age. Peterson is known to thrive on proving doubters wrong and hopes to do as much starting Friday night.
“Whatever they allow me to get,” Peterson said. “I wasn’t able to participate in OTAs or training camp anywhere, so all work for me going forward is good work.”
Peterson’s spot on Washington’s roster is not assured, even with injuries decimating the team’s running back corps. Despite this, Peterson expects to end up being the Redskins’ starting running back in short order.
“I’m looking forward to what the season holds,” Peterson said.