Adrian Peterson
RB ARI (8)
3 days ago

Peterson rushed for 26 yards on 14 carries and added a 13-yard catch during Sunday's 31-21 loss to Houston.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran back has had two monster performances since joining the Cardinals, gashing both the Buccaneers and 49ers. He's averaged just 1.65 yards per carry in his other three games with Arizona. True, those games were against tough defenses in the Rams, Seahawks, and Texans. The bad news is, however, things won't be getting much better soon with dates against the Jaguars and Rams next on the schedule.

Adrian Peterson
RB ARI (8)
2 weeks ago3 Comments

Peterson rushed 21 times for 29 yards and brought one of two targets for 13 yards in Thursday's 22-16 loss to the Seahawks. He was also tackled for a safety and lost a fumble.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson's four-game Cardinals career has been a proverbial rags-to-riches rollercoaster, as he's alternated two vintage efforts with another pair of contests in which he's gained a combined 50 yards on 32 carries. Outside of his game-long nine-yard run, the 32-year-old netted just 20 yards on his 20 other rushes. He was victimized by Kam Chancellor for both a fumble on the Cardinals' first play from scrimmage and for a second-quarter safety. Given the disparate range of outcomes he's produced, it's difficult to gauge what Peterson's true ability level might be at this stage of his career. He'll look to significantly improve his numbers versus the Texans in Week 11.

Adrian Peterson
RB ARI (8)
2 weeks ago

Peterson rushed 37 times for 159 yards and brought in two of four targets for eight yards in Sunday's 20-10 win over the 49ers. He also lost a fumble.

EDGE Analysis

The former Pro Bowler looked to be in vintage form for the second time in three games since arriving in Arizona, logging the most carries in NFL history for a player in his 30s. Peterson also eclipsed 12,000 rushing yards for his career in the second quarter and moved into 15th place on the career rushing list, eclipsing Thurman Thomas. Despite his eye-popping workload Sunday, Peterson is unlikely to be able to withstand anything close that level of volume on a regular basis at age 32. However, the Cardinals are likely to continue leaning fairly heavily on the running game with Drew Stanton behind center, so Peterson should still see 20-25 carries on the majority of weeks, barring injury.

Adrian Peterson
RB ARI (8)
3 weeks ago

Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin suggested that he wants to give Peterson a lot of carries during Sunday's game in San Francisco, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official website reports. "Feed the beast," Goodwin said. "It's like an old stove. The more wood you put in it, the hotter it gets. We've just got to make sure we feed him the ball so he can get comfortable."

EDGE Analysis

The 49ers have struggled to defend the pass (7.7 YPA) more so than the run (3.9 YPC) this season, but it nonetheless makes sense for the Cardinals to rely on Peterson in the absence of Carson Palmer (arm). The 32-year-old back exploded for 134 yards and two touchdowns Week 6 against the Bucs in his first game with the Cardinals, only to be stuffed for 21 yards on 11 carries in a Week 7 blowout loss to the Rams in London. Coming out of a bye week, Peterson figures to get plenty of touches early on, and he should stay busy throughout if the Cardinals don't fall behind. Of course, he'll always be in danger of turning in a complete dud if the team is forced into catch-up mode, as Peterson has never been much of a pass catcher and only has one receptions on four targets since joining the Cardinals. It's more of a concern for Week 10 (vs. Seattle) than Week 9.

Adrian Peterson
RB ARI (8)
1 month ago

Peterson rushed 11 times for 21 yards and added a 12-yard reception on four targets in Sunday's 33-0 loss to the Rams.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson dominated in his Cardinals debut last week, but looked more like the plodder we saw in New Orleans here. While he was the only running back to get carries for his team, Peterson's workload was limited with his team down big for most of the game. The decorated veteran will be well-rested and should have a better understanding of the playbook when we next see him after Arizona's Week 8 bye.

Adrian Peterson
RB ARI (8)
1 month ago

Peterson rushed 26 times for 134 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 38-33 win over the Buccaneers while also fumbling once.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson provided the Bucs with a glimpse of the turn-back-the-clock performance he would deliver when he ripped off a 27-yard touchdown run to cap a six-play, 75-yard opening possession. He eventually went in from one yard out midway through the fourth quarter as well, a score that would end up giving the Cardinals just enough cushion to withstand Tampa's furious comeback. While he was also stymied on multiple carries and is no longer sports the elite-level ability of his heyday, Peterson's effort certainly served notice that he has more left in the tank than what he had a chance to show in his brief Saints stint. He'll look to prove that his Week 6 breakout was no outlier when he faces a vulnerable Rams rush defense in Week 7.

Adrian Peterson
RB ARI (8)
1 month ago17 Comments

Peterson has been traded to Arizona from New Orleans for a conditional draft pick, Dianna Russini of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson was always an odd fit with the Saints and lands with a team in need of a spark in the running game with David Johnson on IR. How many carries he'll be given right away remains unclear, but this won't help Chris Johnson's fantasy value. Peterson's trade should clear more playing time for Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara in New Orleans.

Adrian Peterson
RB ARI (8)
2 months ago

Saints running backs coach Joel Thomas believes it's only a matter of time before Peterson makes an impact, Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Heading into a Week 5 bye, Peterson has been vastly overshadowed by both Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara, managing just 27 carries for 81 yards and two catches for four yards. Kamara and Ingram have combined for 131 scrimmage yards per game, with the rookie coming off a huge Week 4 in which he piled up 10 receptions, 96 total yards and his second touchdown of the year. Given his role as the team's second choice for early down carries, Peterson faces a difficult path to fantasy relevance so long as Ingram stays healthy. It does at least seem that the Saints want to keep the 32-year-old involved in some capacity.

Adrian Peterson
RB ARI (8)
2 months ago

Peterson gained four yards on four carries in Sunday's win against the Dolphins.

EDGE Analysis

The cameras at Wembley Stadium in London were often trained on Peterson, who spent most of the game standing stoically on the sideline. In fact, the former Viking played only six of the Saints' 74 offensive snaps, with Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara seeing the majority of the playing time. At this point it's become clear that Peterson is third in the running back pecking order, and while head coach Sean Payton's backfield usage has been historically unpredictable, it will likely take an Ingram injury for fantasy owners to feel comfortable starting Peterson in the vast majority of leagues.

Adrian Peterson
RB ARI (8)
2 months ago1 Comment

Peterson (rest) returned to practice Friday, the Times-Picayune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson sat out of Thursday's practice to rest his ailing knee, and the 32-year-old is likely in store for more rest days over the course of this season in order to maintain his health. He's only been on the field for 39 snaps over New Orleans' first three games, and it appears he'll continue to be in a time share with Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara in Week 4 against the Dolphins, which is taking place in London.