Adrian Peterson
RB WAS (4)
3 days ago

Peterson rushed 11 times for 20 yards and caught all three of his targets for 30 more in Sunday's 21-9 loss to the Colts.

EDGE Analysis

Washington was stifled on the ground, as the running back trio of Peterson, Chris Thompson and Rob Kelley combined for 22 yards on 16 carries. Thompson made up for his lack of rushing with 13 catches for 92 yards, and it's clear that the receiving back will continue to play at Peterson's expense when the team falls behind. Though Peterson came crashing back down to earth after last week's strong showing, the veteran running back should still be useful as long as Washington's playing with the lead.

Adrian Peterson
RB WAS (4)
1 week ago2 Comments

Peterson took 26 carries for 96 yards and a touchdown and caught two of three targets for 70 yards in Sunday's 24-6 win over the Cardinals.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson obviously got the job done from a fantasy perspective, but he only produced 3.7 yards per carry and earned 52 of his receiving yards on a garbage-time play that ended with a lost fumble. Passing-down specialist Chris Thompson actually had the stronger performance from a non-fantasy standpoint, taking five carries for 65 yards and catching six of seven targets for 63 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, Samaje Perine was a healthy inactive and Rob Kelley took just three carries for seven yards. Peterson should be looking at another large workload on the ground in Week 2 when the Redskins host a Colts team that just surrendered a 17-95-1 rushing line to Cincinnati's Joe Mixon.

Adrian Peterson
RB WAS (4)
2 weeks ago

Peterson has been confirmed as the Redskins' starting running back for Sunday's season opener against the Cardinals, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Keim's report is more or less supported by Jay Gruden's comments to JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington earlier Wednesday, during which the Redskins head coach joked that he'd like to give Peterson 40 carries in Week 1. Despite going unsigned until late August, Peterson almost immediately established himself as Washington's top back in the wake of the season-ending knee injury to second-round rookie Derrius Guice. Peterson should be ticketed for a regular role on early downs in the Redskins' initial contests, with Chris Thompson handling most of the reps at running back in obvious passing situations.

Adrian Peterson
RB WAS (4)
2 weeks ago

Coach Jay Gruden jokingly said he'd like to give Peterson 40 carries Sunday in Arizona, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.

EDGE Analysis

Though obviously not serious about the number of carries, Gruden is giving us another strong hint that Peterson will be the featured ballcarrier Week 1. The 33-year-old holds the top spot on Washington's initial regular-season depth chart, with passing-down specialist Chris Thompson listed at No. 2. It's entirely possible Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine open the season with minimal or non-existent roles on offense.

Adrian Peterson
RB WAS (4)
3 weeks ago

Peterson has secured a roster spot and is primed for a key role on first and second downs, ESPN.com's John Keim reports.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson was held out of Thursday's preseason finale in Baltimore after taking 11 carries for 56 yards the previous week against the Broncos. He didn't need much time to climb past Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine on the depth chart, and it's now possible one of the two will be released before Week 1. Chris Thompson (leg) will still have a key role on passing downs, but Peterson is the favorite to start and get most of the carries in Washington's season opener at Arizona on Sept. 9.

Adrian Peterson
RB WAS (4)
4 weeks ago

Peterson took 11 carries for 56 yards in the first half of Friday's preseason game against the Broncos.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson started his night with a seven-yard carry on the opening snap and finished it by rumbling for 15 yards on a 4th-and-1 early in the second quarter. He also looked pretty sharp in between, showcasing an impressive mix of strength, vision and acceleration while dominating first-team snaps. The 33-year-old looked like an instant upgrade on Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine (ankle) in terms of pure running ability, making a strong case for a spot on the 53-man roster. Of course, Peterson still has work to do when it comes to learning the playbook, and he never offered much on passing plays even when he was in his prime. The Washington backfield will require close monitoring over the next few weeks as the team prepares for a Week 1 game in Arizona.

Adrian Peterson
RB WAS (4)
4 weeks ago

Coach Jay Gruden wants Peterson to get a handful of carries with the first-team offense in Friday's preseason game against Denver, ESPN.com's John Keim reports.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson signed with Washington on Monday and practiced with his new teammates Tuesday and Wednesday. He probably doesn't have much knowledge of the playbook, but it shouldn't be too hard for Gruden to draw up a handful of plays for the 33-year-old running back. Peterson was brought in to challenge Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine (ankle) for playing time on early downs, after rookie Derrius Guice (knee) was lost for the season earlier this month. Peterson settled for the veteran's minimum, suggesting he's far from a lock for the 53-man roster.

Adrian Peterson
RB WAS (4)
4 weeks ago1 Comment

Peterson will need to earn his spot on the 53-man roster, Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington reports.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson joined Washington on a one-year deal for $1.015 million, the veteran's minimum for a player with his tenure. He has less than two weeks to make an impression before roster cutdown day, hoping to convince the Redskins he can provide an upgrade on Rob Kelley and/or Samaje Perine (ankle). Coach Jay Gruden expects Peterson to get a few touches in Friday's preseason game against the Broncos.

Adrian Peterson
RB WAS (4)
1 month ago

Coach Jay Gruden confirmed Peterson will receive "a few touches" in Friday's preseason game against the Broncos, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.

EDGE Analysis

It'll be interesting to see if Peterson immediately mixes in with the first-team offense, but with Chris Thompson (leg) likely sitting again and Samaje Perine dealing with a sprained ankle, the newcomer could be the first running back off the bench behind Rob Kelley. Peterson posted a dismal 3.4 YPC between the Saints and Cardinals last season before suffering a season-ending neck injury, but the 33-year-old nonetheless is getting another chance to continue his vaunted NFL career.

Adrian Peterson
RB WAS (4)
1 month ago3 Comments

Peterson is signing with Washington, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson's Monday meeting with the team apparently went quite well, with the two sides able to reach an agreement in short order. The 33-year-old will join an injury-riddled backfield that recently saw Samaje Perine and Byron Marshall suffer ankle injuries just one week after Derrius Guice suffered an ACL tear. Chris Thompson (leg) still figures to get most of the snaps in passing situations, but Peterson will have a real shot to compete with Perine and Rob Kelley for playing time on early downs.