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Vikings OC Norv Turner is reportedly "intent" on using Adrian Peterson differently this season.

Turner has a history of giving his No. 1 back massive workloads, especially when he's had studs like Emmitt Smith and LaDainian Tomlinson. That's nothing new for Peterson, but what will be new is an expanded role in the passing game. Turner has repeatedly stated his desire to get Peterson in space by converting some of his carries into receptions. We've projected him for 47 receptions this season, which would be a new career high.

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Vikings OC Norv Turner plans to get Adrian Peterson involved in the passing game.

Peterson has averaged a paltry 5.6 yards a reception over the last two seasons being used primarily as a check-down option. Turner will use Peterson more creatively this season, getting him in space and allowing him to make plays. Peterson should be one of the first players off the board this draft season.

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Adrian Peterson plans to play through at least 2016.

Now 29, however, Peterson is aware of his football mortality. "You couldn't have told me that at least two or three of those guys wouldn't still be here," Peterson said of the Vikings moving on from players like Percy Harvin and Jared Allen. "It just goes to show how the business is. Ultimately, the organization is going to do what they feel is best for their team." Peterson is signed through 2017, but could be cut without a salary-cap hit next offseason. Peterson is making $11.75 million this season.

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Vikings GM Rick Spielman indicated he wants to draft a running back to remove some of the load off Adrian Peterson.

Peterson, 29, has over 2,000 carries on his tires. "He's getting to the point where you don't have to give him the ball 50 times a game for 16 games," said Spielman. "Adrian's the face of our franchise, but (new OC) Norv (Turner) has a history of having two backs to keep him fresh, because I think it's very important as you go through the season that they're still strong in Week 16 and they're still strong when you get into the playoffs." When push comes to shove, Peterson will likely remain a 2014 workhorse, even if Minnesota selects a running back in the middle rounds.

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Adrian Peterson estimates he's at 80 percent health.

Peterson was a full participant in this week's voluntary workouts, but is still feeling some residual effects from his groin operation. "Just really working on the strength and trying to get that strength back and balance," Peterson said. His health isn't a concern going into 2014.

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Adrian Peterson (groin) is participating in this week's minicamp.

Per new coach Mike Zimmer, Peterson is doing fantastic. We wouldn't expect anything less from a player that has proven to be more deity than human throughout his career. Although Peterson is 29 years old and coming off three surgeries in last three years, he'll be in the conversation for No. 1 overall fantasy pick once again.

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ESPN's Ben Goessling believes Adrian Peterson could be used in more passing situations this season.

The Vikings don't have a third-down back after losing Toby Gerhart, so Peterson is a candidate to take on a bigger workload in the receiving game. Peterson has just 69 catches and 388 yards combined the last two seasons and struggles in pass protection, so it's not an ideal role. Minnesota is expected to target a running back in the middle rounds of the draft to replace Gerhart. Matt Asiata, Zach Line, and Bradley Randle are low-end options behind Peterson.

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Adrian Peterson (groin surgery) is unsure when he'll be able start participating in offseason workouts but is fully expected to join at some point before training camp.

In February, coach Mike Zimmer said Peterson should be ready for minicamp, which is this month. That's still within reach, but it's not the greatest idea to rush Peterson. Speaking on a conference call Wednesday, Peterson also said he's not interested in reducing his workload as he enters his age-29 season. He'll be full go by training camp and is still a top-three re-draft fantasy running back.

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Coach Mike Zimmer said the Vikings need to get Adrian Peterson in space more and "run him into a few less bodies."

"This guy is getting hit a lot," Zimmer said. "If we can get him space, he can do a lot of damage." Peterson has led the league in yards after contact each of the past two seasons, a clear sign he's getting hit almost as soon as he touches the ball. The Vikings first need a quarterback to scare defenses. Matt Cassel is in the driver's seat to start. OC Norv Turner will no doubt open up the offense more than Bill Musgrave did, while Cordarrelle Patterson's emergence will help. Peterson has at least another season of top-three fantasy production in him.

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Adrian Peterson (groin surgery) is on track to participate in April minicamp.

Coach Mike Zimmer stated at the Combine that Peterson is "doing great" in his recovery from the January 23 procedure. New OC Norv Turner has pledged to get Peterson "in space more often" this season, perhaps via the passing game. Believe what you will about LeSean McCoy, there isn't a more dangerous in-space player in football than "All Day." He'll return as a top-three re-draft pick.