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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said Thursday that he prefers to be in the backfield without a fullback, but different plays call for different personnel. See what Peterson had to say about that and becoming more patient as a runner.
Adrian Peterson left no doubt Thursday about his preference – fullback or no fullback in front of him.
“I’m comfortable with whatever I have in front of me, but if I had my preference it’s be to be back there by myself. But either way I feel like we can get it done.”
Asked 10 days ago if Peterson is more explosive with a fullback or not, Vikings coach Brad Childress declined to divulge.
“We have some feelings on that, but I don’t know that I’d share them with you. He had a 54-yard run with a back in front of him (against Chicago),” Childress said the day after that game. “I have a sense of what I think about that, but I’m not going to put it too far out there. You have a 50/50 chance to guess.”
Peterson said he has voiced his preference to coaches, but he doesn’t seem to be lobbying hard either way.
“We’ve got different packages, so I’m playing into the scheme. Whatever is called, I’m going to go out there and take care of my job, whether there is a fullback in front of me or not. …. I’m used to playing with no fullback in front of me. That would be my preference, but I can play with a fullback in front of me, behind me, it really doesn’t matter,” he said.
Peterson agreed with Childress that having a fullback in front of him against the Bears produced his longest run of the season, a 54-yard touchdown.
“It worked out. (Fullback Naufahu Tahi) had a great block. (Tight end Jim Kleinsasser) sealed that end, (guard Anthony Herrera) came in and (I ran) right up on his pull and I took it to the house. Like I said, either way, it really doesn’t matter,” Peterson said.
Peterson also admitted that it takes some time to get used to different fullbacks. For most of last season, he was running behind veteran Tony Richardson. This year, the backfield started out with free-agent signee Thomas Tapeh in front of Peterson for two games before the Vikings made the switch to Tahi.
“You get different things with different guys, simple things as far as speed and vision,” Peterson said. “You’ve got to keep going through it and keep going through it and rehearsing it to get a good feel. But I’d say we’re there now.”
The main thing for Peterson has been patience. He and his coaches have been preaching it since the end of last season. He’s worked to be more patient, but he said he finally thought he saw some results when he looked at the film from the Chicago game.
“After the last game with Chicago, I seen where I really became more patient,” he said. “It’s kind of strange because it’s what I’ve been working on since I got here, being more patient. But at the beginning of the season, I felt like I was being more patient, but I hadn’t really. I really worked on it leading up to the Chicago game, being more patient and letting things develop.”
He also said his offensive line has been doing a good job all season long and that he can get better at helping the men up front.
“Sometimes I put those guys in bad positions. I’m not giving them the best chance to get to their block. … It all falls back on me. I’ve got to do a better job,” he said.
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