Now, the Vikings are planning to use a more balanced offensive attack.
"No question that the workload will be a lot more balanced than in the past because the organization has done an outstanding job of acquiring talent and other explosive pieces," Vikings running backs coach Kirby Wilson said. "And just as the natural progression as an older back ages, the workload decreases anyway."
Peterson will still get his fair share of carries as the team will strategically try to limit his snaps per game, not necessarily his carriers.
"I think it's more about snaps per game, because that's what you have to watch in regard to the wear and tear," Wilson said. "How he'll last for the season is the snaps per game, not the carries or attempts per game, because that comes with the territory. He's going to get his amount of touches that he gets, it's the other snaps and plays that will determine how successful he is at lasting during the season and being powerful, strong, aggressive and explosive."
Peterson played in just one game last season due to a suspension. He ran the ball 21 times for 75 yards.
Despite a contentious relationship recently,
"It's all good for the team," Wilf said. "I'm very happy for him to be back with us."
Peterson recently returned to the team after missing all of the team's offseason activities and he acknowledged that he didn't always want to play for the Vikings this season.
Peterson missed 15 games last season after being placed on the commissioner's exempt list while dealing with child abuse allegations. While the two sides went back and forth over Peterson's commitment to the team, Wilf said it was time to move on.
"He's always had a good heart," Wilf said. "He's a great football player. We have great memories, and we'll continue to have good memories with him... He's been great for the community, and that's basically who he is, and when you know that's the character of that person, you believe in him."
Speaking to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said it's unlikely that Peterson will tote the rock during the four exhibition games the team will suit up for.
"I probably don’t see that, no," Zimmer said. "We’re talking in June, so you can’t hold me to it, but he’s carried the ball a lot (in his eight-year career) and he’s going to continue to carry the ball a lot. He’ll get plenty of looks and reps in practice."
"I've been around a lot of these guys a lot of years and he's one of the top guys I've been around," Turner said Thursday. "He just comes out and looks like he hasn't missed a day."
Peterson has been participating in the team's OTA sessions this week and Turner said Peterson didn't have any trouble learning the offense.
"He was comfortable with what we were doing and retained a lot," Turner said. "Had new stuff in and was eager to get involved."
Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn also echoed Turner's feelings, saying Peterson looked like he was inspired to prove himself.
"The guy is in unbelievable shape, like he hadn't missed a step, and he's out to prove a point," he said.
Mike Zimmer was adament when asked Tuesday if the
"None ... never," he replied.
Zimmer added that Peterson is "a Minnesota Viking. He's one of our guys. He's going to be fighting and sweating with us."
Peterson returned to the team Tuesday after losing nearly the entire 2014 season to a suspension.
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