Adrian Peterson
RB DET (5)
Sun 1/3/21 7:24 PM

Peterson rushed seven times for 63 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 37-35 loss to Minnesota.

EDGE Analysis

With D'Andre Swift again in the lead role, Peterson unsurprisingly finished the season as second fiddle in the backfield, but he made up for a lack of carries with his most efficient game of the season. Considering the 35-year-old failed to eclipse 4.0 yards per carry in 12 of 16 games this year -- albeit while frequently serving as a short-yardage option -- this showing could help the 35-year-old as Peterson ventures into the offseason as an unrestricted free agent.

Adrian Peterson
RB DET (5)
Mon 12/28/20 3:17 PM

Peterson logged four carries for 10 yards while playing a season-low six offensive snaps during Saturday's 47-7 loss to the Buccaneers.

EDGE Analysis

In a game where the Lions trailed by 34 points at halftime, Peterson finished third in playing time behind each of D'Andre Swift and Kerryon Johnson, who is trusted in pass protection and has seen at least one target in all but three games this year. While it's possible the playing time could work more in Peterson's favor Week 17 against the Vikings, it seems clear that interim coach Darrell Bevell wants to be giving rookie D'Andre Swift all the experience he can get.

Adrian Peterson
RB DET (5)
Sun 12/20/20 5:55 PM

Peterson collected 23 yards on six carries during Sunday's 46-25 loss to the Titans.

EDGE Analysis

D'Andre Swift garnered more than two-thirds of the Lions' RB rush attempts Sunday, as the future Hall of Famer was held to six or fewer carries for a second consecutive game. For those who were hoping to rely upon Peterson as a starting option during the fantasy postseason, his workload has diminished at the most inopportune time. Swift's absences between Weeks 11 and 13 allowed Peterson to collect 12.7 rush attempts per game. With the rookie back in the fold now, however, Peterson's opportunities have diminished.

Adrian Peterson
RB DET (5)
Thu 12/17/20 4:13 PM

Peterson (forearm) practiced in full Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson matched his least busy game of the season this past Sunday versus the Packers, turning his five touches into 30 yards from scrimmage. In the wake of the contest, he was a limited practice participant Wednesday, but his elevation to all reps one day later has cleared him for Week 15 at Tennessee, where Peterson will contend for RB reps with D'Andre Swift and Kerryon Johnson.

Adrian Peterson
RB DET (5)
Wed 12/16/20 4:13 PM

Peterson (forearm) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson hasn't been forced to miss game-action yet this season, so there's not yet substantial reason to be worried about his availability for Week 15. Of course, with both D'Andre Swift and Kerryon Johnson healthy, the Lions could opt to give Peterson some time off if he isn't at full strength.

Adrian Peterson
RB DET (5)
Mon 12/14/20 9:34 AM

Peterson rushed four times for seven yards and caught one pass for 23 yards in Sunday's 31-24 loss to Green Bay.

EDGE Analysis

While D'Andre Swift commanded over half of the offensive snaps in his return from a possible concussion, Peterson saw a quarter of the snaps and logged less than half of the touches of his counterpart. Kerryon Johnson even usurped the veteran's usual role at the goal line, scoring on a two-yard plunge in the fourth quarter. Although Peterson should continue to see some playing time down the stretch, Swift's role should only grow as he distances himself from his injury, giving fantasy owners no reason to pick up either of the rookie's backups from the waiver wire.

Adrian Peterson
RB DET (5)
Sun 12/6/20 6:20 PM

Peterson registered 57 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries during Sunday's 34-30 win against the Bears.

EDGE Analysis

With rookie D'Andre Swift (illness) forced to sit out his third consecutive game, Peterson dominated the workload by garnering 80 percent of the RB carries. Peterson's 3.6 yards-per-attempt average was unspectacular, but his five-yard TD run with 1:37 remaining in regulation helped Detroit secure a win in interim coach Darrell Bevell's debut. The four-time All-Pro has registered 15-plus carries in consecutive games, but his workload may be reduced if Swift is able to make it back Week 14 against Green Bay.

Adrian Peterson
RB DET (5)
Fri 12/4/20 3:41 PM

Peterson is expected to retain a role in the Lions' offensive game plan Sunday against the Bears, even though lead back D'Andre Swift (illness) could return from a two-game absence after being listed as questionable for the contest, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Swift cleared the NFL's concussion protocol after the brain injury kept him out for both of the past two weeks, but he's now contending with a non-COVID-19-related illness that resulted in him missing practices Thursday and Friday. Due to Swift's lack of recent on-field reps, interim head coach Darrell Bevell said the rookie would be in store for a smaller amount of game plan-specific packages Sunday, if he even suits up at all. Swift's limitations should thus pave the way for both Peterson and Kerryon Johnson to stay involved in what would most likely be a backfield committee that resembled what the Lions rolled out in their first eight games of the season. Peterson averaged 12.9 touches and 52.4 yards per game while reaching the end zone twice over that stretch.

Adrian Peterson
RB DET (5)
Thu 11/26/20 4:40 PM

Peterson carried the ball 15 times for 55 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday's 41-25 loss to the Texans.

EDGE Analysis

With D'Andre Swift (concussion) inactive once again, Peterson took the lead role on early downs and short yardage for the Lions and was rewarded with a pair of one-yard TD plunges in the first half. Kerryon Johnson saw an identical 15 touches and piled up nearly 100 scrimmage yards, but both RBs figure to take a back seat if Swift is able to recover in time for Week 13's road clash with the Bears.

Adrian Peterson
RB DET (5)
Thu 11/26/20 11:18 AM

Peterson is slated to start Thursday against the Texans with D'Andre Swift (concussion) sidelined for a second consecutive game, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Swift sidelined this past Sunday at Carolina, Peterson got the starting nod but took a back seat to Kerryon Johnson, earning 30 percent of the snaps on offense to the latter's 70 percent. It's unclear how the RB reps will break down between the two Thursday, but Peterson hasn't reached double-digit rushes in four straight games and is averaging a pedestrian 3.7 yards per carry on the season.