The Saints signed ex-Vikings running back Adrian Peterson to compete for playing time in training camp this summer. For Peterson to regain his amazing Fantasy form, he'll have to first unseat Mark Ingram as the lead back, then defy age and experience. Peterson is 32 years old with 2,781 career touches. Typically running backs with that much wear-and-tear tend to underperform and get injured, which is exactly what happened to Peterson last year when he missed 13 games and averaged 1.9 yards per run when he did play. Chances are the Saints signed him to help shoulder some of the rushing workload, perhaps the 9.7 touches per game Tim Hightower had last year. That would lead to some very modest stats and basically make Peterson a touchdown-or-bust running back. Maybe he scores five or six times this season, including Week 1 against his old team, but trusting him to be a reliable Fantasy starter is unnecessarily risky. Expect some goofball in every draft to reach for Peterson this summer, but if he's still available in Round 8 and you want to roll the dice on him, it's not too steep of a price.
Peterson isn't sure if he will play in any preseason games, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Peterson has been a full participant in training camp practices and has drawn rave reviews from his new teammates and coaches. In fact, the former Viking last saw preseason action in 2013, so there's little reason to fret his absence during the meaningless exhibition season. Although listed behind Mark Ingram on the running back depth chart, Peterson is expected to see his fair share of touches in the Saints' committee backfield.
Peterson won't take the field for Thursday's preseason game at Cleveland, Dianna Russini of ESPN reports. Saints fans will have to wait at least a week to see Peterson in his new uniform, but even if he does make an appearance at some point this month, his reps could be capped due to his lack of preseason action in his last few seasons with the Vikings. In fact, he hasn't played during exhibition season since 2013 nor handled a carry since 2011. It's unclear if his primary competition for lead-back duty, Mark Ingram, will suit up Thursday, but Travaris Cadet, Daniel Lasco and rookie Alvin Kamara are seemingly in line for a large share of the backfield work in the preseason opener.
Peterson has drawn heavy praise from his new teammates for his performance through offseason practices thus far, Jeff Duncan of The Times-Picayune reports. Peterson is coming off his second knee surgery in three years, but that hasn't prevented him from being his explosive self during his first few practices as a Saint. The 32-year-old hasn't lost a step, according to his teammates, who've widely agreed that he brings a new dimension to their offense. Set to play on a two-year, $7 million contract, Peterson's role has yet to be defined, but if early indications of the veteran's fitness level prove true, Mark Ingram could face stiff competition for lead-back duties in New Orleans.
Peterson (knee) is signing a two-year contract with the Saints, ESPN.com's Adam Schefter reports. Eventually willing to lower his asking price, Peterson likely was enticed by the idea of playing with Drew Brees, as the 32-year-old running back has spent most of his career stuck alongside mediocre or sub-par quarterbacks. While the New Orleans offense does provide ample scoring opportunities, Peterson will have to compete against Mark Ingram for carries, with Travaris Cadet likely chipping in on passing downs. This isn't an ideal situation for Peterson in terms of expected workload, but he could thrive on a per-carry basis as part of a New Orleans offense led by Brees, Ingram and wideouts Michael Thomas and Willie Snead. The Saints allotted 133 carries and 26 targets to last year's backup running back, Tim Hightower, even though Ingram didn't miss any games. Ingram did sit out at least three games, but no more than five, in each of the previous three years. Peterson should be back to full health before training camp -- if he isn't already -- coming off a season in which a torn meniscus and an adductor strain limited him to only 37 carries for 72 yards in three games.
Peterson (knee) is believed to be close to securing a contract with the Saints, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. Peterson visited New Orleans earlier this month, and although he obviously left that meeting without a contract, the book was never shut on the possibility on him joining the Saints. Now, it appears that could be Peterson's next move, as a contract worth over $3 million is reportedly in the works. Should Peterson indeed sign with the team, he'd figure to replace the departed Tim Hightower in splitting snaps with Mark Ingram, with Travaris Cadet serving as the preferred pass-catching tailback. Additionally, his first game as a Saint would not-so-coincidentally come in a Monday-night affair on the road against his former team, the Vikings, in Week 1.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/17||New England Patriots||9||15.26|
|7||10/22||@Green Bay Packers||11||15.42|
|9||11/05||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||22||18.75|
|12||11/26||@Los Angeles Rams||14||16.63|
|15||12/17||New York Jets||15||17.00|
|17||12/31||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||22||18.75|
|3 Year Avg||128||544||4||12||83||0||86|