Skip to main content

Peterson envisions 'something the eyes haven't seen before'

  • Author:
  • Updated:

Adrian Peterson wants to run wild in 2015 and finish with his best season yet.

In an interview with NFL Media's Marshall Faulk, Peterson said he can't even put into words how dominating he believes he can be this season.

"What I envision is something the eyes haven't seen before," he said. "I feel good, got a great team surrounding me as well. Keeping God first and staying on that path, I feel the sky's the limit and it could be my best season thus far."

According to Adam Schefter, Peterson's goal is to rush for 2,500 yards, which would be 403 more yards than he rushed for in his MVP season in 2012.

Offensive coordinator Norv Turner is already on record saying Peterson is "way ahead of everybody else" at training camp, the Pioneer Press reports. Peterson says he's in the best shape of his life and Jerick McKinnon can back that up.

The second-year running back chatted with Rolling Stone about his role with the Vikings this season, and he told a story about working out with Peterson during the offseason.

"He's a fun guy to be around. I got a chance to go down to Texas and work out with him, and beforehand I was trying to figure out how the workouts were going to go, and he said, 'It's gonna be work!'"

"I finally go out there and we got to running and I can cosign: He is in the best shape of his life! If you know Adrian, you know it's not shocking that he's in the best shape of his life. Just being around a guy like that, that has the work ethic, that you grew up watching and you look up to, being able to work with him to get better is definitely a blessing."

Peterson in the passing game

Word leading up to the start of the season is that Turner will likely use Peterson more in the passing game.

Peterson's best season catching passes out of the backfield came in 2009, when Brett Favre connected with him 44 times for 436 yards. Both totals are career highs for Peterson.

In 2010, Favre's final season in the NFL, Peterson caught 36 passes for 341 yards. That's a two-year total of 81 receptions and 777 yards. In the four years since he's combined for 89 receptions and 545 yards.

Why are his receiving totals way down? Peterson has his answer.

“Think about when Brett Favre was here, when I actually had a quarterback that checked the ball down to the running backs,” Peterson said Tuesday, according to the Star Tribune. “I did pretty decent.”

Had Peterson not missed 15 games last season he could have played with Teddy Bridgewater, who hooked up with McKinnon and Matt Asiata a combined 71 times.

If the Vikings use Peterson on third downs a lot this season, a lot of those passes that went to McKinnon and Asiata could go to Peterson.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-05-23 at 9.58.36 PM

Eric Perkins, Miss Minnesota, Paul Fletcher create new podcast

The podcast is released Tuesdays at 8 a.m. and is available wherever you find podcasts.

Mock aircraft cabin.

MSP Airport debuts mock aircraft to help ease flying anxiety

The pre-flight experiences cover the TSA screening procedure, exploring a terminal, boarding a plane and meeting a pilot, and preparing for takeoff.

Scripps National Spelling Bee

These Minnesota kids will be competing at National Spelling Bee

The upcoming event in Maryland will be the first fully in-person Scripps National Spelling Bee since 2019.

covid, kids

New data shows how omicron has impacted kids in Minnesota

The new data shows breakthrough data during the omicron period, which began Dec. 19, 2021.

Javen Juan Moreno

Albert Lea shooting suspect arrested after 3 weeks on the run

He is accused of shooting a man in the upper thigh on May 1.


Motorcyclist, 59, killed after losing control on right curve

The Harley Davidson rider was thrown from his bike.

state capitol Minnesota

Minnesota's 2022 legislative session: What's happening?

A list of items agreed upon and yet to reach any bipartisan agreement in the latest legislative session.

water drain

Water main break floods 40-45 homes in St. Louis Park

The city says the rupture happened on Minnetonka Boulevard.

Eli Hart

Charges: 6-year-old Eli Hart shot up to 9 times by his mother

The 28-year-old is facing 2nd-degree murder charges.

dave lee wcco radio

Former WCCO Radio host Dave Lee moves into podcasts

His new podcast, called 'My First Concert,' launched last week.

Tow Boat

Tow boat collides with Mississippi River lock and dam in Alma, WI

The crash remains under investigation by the United States Coast Guard.

unsplash school bus

Police: Man in minivan approached kids, claimed he was former principal

Investigators say children were approached by a man in a white minivan who falsely claimed he'd been a local school principal.