The reason Adrian Peterson could benefit most from no preseason, per Washington coach
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has forced the NFL to skip minicamp, OTAs, and preseason games heading into the 2020 season. This development was anything but good news to late-round draft picks and undrafted players who are trying to make a team’s final roster. If it will be of benefit to anyone, it just might be Washington veteran running back Adrian Peterson. All Day is still showing no signs of slowing down, heading into his 14th season.
Based on an article released by NBC Washington:
In a Zoom call with local reporters on Friday, Washington running backs coach Randy Jordan said he believes the extra time off for the veteran will actually “rejuvenate” Peterson for the upcoming season.
“In terms of a guy that is older, this is something I feel like will rejuvenate him and he’ll come back just like he normally does in shape and ready to go,” Jordan said.
“His longevity, people will not talk about this, is he had a stretch where he did not play a lot of football,” Jordan said. “In terms of that, he was able to pretty much get rejuvenated.”
Adrian Peterson arrived in Washington during the 2018 season as a late camp addition. Frankly, Washington only signed the veteran back because then-rookie Derrius Guice suffered a torn ACL during the preseason. He ended up contributing more beyond the team’s set expectations.
In 2018, he immediately emerged as Washington’s lead ball-carrier and topped 1,000 yards for the eighth time in his career. In 2019, he accounted for 898 yards on 211 attempts and scored 5 touchdowns in 15 appearances last season.
The former Oklahoma Sooner is already Hall of Fame-bound by way of his stacked resume. He was a two-time NFL rushing touchdowns leader, three-time NFL rushing yards leader, seven-time Pro Bowler, 2012 NFL Offensive Player of the Year, and the 2012 NFL Most Valuable Player.
He will aim to lead by example for a young Washington team as an elder statesman equipped with invaluable experience. The franchise is looking to continue its rebuilding phase and improve on a 3-13 campaign from last season. 2020 football proceedings will commence as the Washington-based team hosts the Philadelphia Eagles on September 13 at FedEx Field.