Adrian Peterson eyes Super Bowl
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- A day after Minnesota's season came to a crashing halt in a Jan. 10 playoff loss to Seattle, running back Adrian Peterson said it was "definitely realistic" coming back to win the Super Bowl.So what else is new? Peterson ta...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- A day after Minnesota’s season came to a crashing halt in a Jan. 10 playoff loss to Seattle, running back Adrian Peterson said it was “definitely realistic” coming back to win the Super Bowl.
So what else is new? Peterson talks every year about winning the big game.
This year, though, he insists his talk is different.
“I always say that, but … this year… I really can see it,” Peterson said on Wednesday’s second day of minicamp. “We have a long way to go, but we have the pieces and what it takes to accomplish that.
“There’s nothing wrong with saying it. If any other guy on this team doesn’t feel that way, then we need to be trading him and bringing somebody else in who feels that way as well. We all know what we’re trying to accomplish, and I feel like we have what it takes to accomplish that.”
The Vikings won the NFC North Division last season with an 11-5 record before losing 10-9 to the Seahawks in the first round of the playoffs. The team spent free agency beefing up the offensive line and added rookie receiver Laquon Treadwell in the NFL draft.
That’s almost enough for Peterson to start liking training camp, which begins when players report July 28 in Mankato.
“I’ll be a little more excited, but I’m never excited to go to training camp,” Peterson said. “It’s always until I drive into Mankato, I’m just, like, ‘The reality is there, it’s time to start.’ But I’m excited for what we have and the vision that we have for this season, so that makes things better. It will make it a lot better going into camp this year.”
Peterson vowed after last season to become a more versatile player. Peterson, who wants to be a better receiver and to run better out of the shotgun, said he’s made strides this spring.
“I’m just coming out here taking every day serious,’’ he said. “I’m just trying to improve my craft. I’ll be focusing on and talking about being more effective in the pass game. When I’m in the meeting room, just making sure I’m paying attention to the details and coming out and executing during practice.’’
Coach Mike Zimmer said the Vikings are “working on’’ making Peterson more versatile and he likes how it’s going. He pointed to two plays in Tuesday’s practice, including Peterson making “an excellent read and cut’’ out of a shotgun formation.
Peterson often talks about running backs he admires. When asked which one he likes for his versatility, he wasted no time in his response.
“LaDainian Tomlinson was always a guy that I looked up to, not only because he’s from East Texas, in that area, but it’s the way that he played,’’ Peterson said. “Overall, he was just a complete back and did it consistently for a long, extended period of time.’’
After the final day of minicamp Thursday, Peterson will head to his East Texas hometown of Palestine for the annual Adrian Peterson Day. He said the event will serve as a tribute to the six people who died when floods devastated the town in April.
“For me, it’ll be a little different, a little more emotional, just being involved and seeing how the community has just stayed resilient,’’ Peterson said. “It’ll be good just to see the people and see the progress that we’ve made, and not only that, being able to present a good time to them to kind of get away, relax and enjoy a great weekend.’’
Peterson pledged to donate $100,000 to flood relief last month and match all donations made to the Salvation Army. He said Wednesday that more than $50,000 has been donated, meaning he will provide more than $150,000, and the total amount will exceed $200,000.