Adrian Peterson unhappy with nine snaps in Week 1
After seeing the field for only nine snaps in the New Orleans Saints’ season-opening loss to the Minnesota Vikings, running back Adrian Peterson is unhappy with his lack of playing time during the contest. The former Viking was so unhappy, that he wasn’t shy telling reporters exactly how he felt.
“I didn’t sign up for nine snaps, though. But unfortunately that’s the way the game played out,” Peterson told reporters Thursday, per ESPN’s Mike Triplett via NFL.com. “In my mind, personally, I knew it was gonna take some adjusting. You know, me and Mark [Ingram] played in the last preseason game, and [Alvin Kamara] didn’t even play that game. So with all three of us being out there, I knew it would take a game or so to kind of get adjusted. So we’ll see how things [go] this week.”
As Peterson mentioned, the Saints have a crowded backfield with himself, Ingram and Kamara, making many members of the NFL and its various media-coverage outlets question the signing of Peterson and then the drafting of Kamara.
As the leader of most rushing categories in Minnesota Vikings’ history, the 32-year-old Peterson must have been hoping to excel against the former team that he played for over 10 NFL campaigns.
Sadly for the veteran ball carrier, he tallied a paltry 18 yards on the ground via six carries against his former squad in Week 1.
Though the former Oklahoma Sooner standout wasn’t used often in the Saints’ first chance to unveil the new toy, the team is paying him a decent salary, as Peterson signed a two-year deal worth $7 million during the free-agency period this offseason.
Peterson’s next opportunity to see more action on the field will come against the New England Patriots in Week 2.
The New England front-seven looked lost, confused and pathetic against the Kansas City Chiefs, and now they’ll have a fired-up Adrian Peterson to contend with this week.
Though neither team wants to start the 2017 0-2, it sure would be interesting to see the Saints pull of an enormous upset against the Pats, thus sending the Patriots to an 0-2 start for the first time in forever — I kid… kinda.
Keep an eye on the three-headed monster that makes up the Saints running game moving forward, as I do not see this thing shaking out in Adrian Peterson’s favor as the season progresses.
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