Adrian Peterson (Jim Mone/AP)
Adrian Peterson talked about his goals for the season after coming up short of one offseason goal, which may be a good thing. Plus, get notes from Friday’s afternoon session.
220 and 2,000. Those were the two numbers Adrian Peterson was asked about Friday at the Minnesota Vikings’ opening day of training camp.
The first is his current weight after spending the offseason following up on comments he made at the Pro Bowl, when he said he wanted to add seven to 12 pounds and potentially play at 230 pounds. His desire has resulted in three additional pounds from his listed weight from last season, as he increased his muscle and decreased his body fat (as if there was ever much doubt he was in superior shape anyway).
“I feel (220) is a pretty good weight to be at. I’m feeling good, not feeling too heavy. I’m ready to get going,” he said in his usual energy-filled way.
“It’s really working on discipline, adding a couple pounds and putting them in the right spot – my legs, arms, and upper body a little bit. I was able to do a good job. I worked on some minor things I looked at from last season, things I can correct and improve on along with studying film.”
In particular, Peterson was focusing on running better routes in order to keep him on the field for more third-down plays. Last year, Chester Taylor dominated the third-down opportunities efficiently, so it’s uncertain if Peterson’s improvement there would even afford him the chance stay on the field any more that he already is.
More plays, however, would give him a better chance to reach one of his personal goals, reaching 2,000 yards.
“It is something I think about and dream about. I don’t focus on it because you’ll never accomplish it that way. That’s my bar; it will always be 2,000 or more. I hope to accomplish that some day,” he said.
Peterson also admitted that a league MVP award fits into his personal goals.
For now, he’ll have to settle for the first days of training camp.
“Felt good to be back around the guys, the season is back in full swing. We had two good practices today. My legs feel pretty good and it feels great to be back,” he said.
“It felt good. I almost couldn’t sleep last night. It was like the first day of school. It felt good. This is what I love to do. The season is coming up really soon and it feels good.
FRIDAY AFTERNOON NOTES
Aundrae Allison, Darius Reynaud, Chester Taylor, Glenn Holt and Jaymar Johnson all took turns returning kicks.
WR Bobby Williams sat out the afternoon practice with what appeared to be a right leg injury suffered in the morning practice.
TE Visanthe Shiancoe was taken to the medical tent during the afternoon practice but emerged shortly thereafter without appearing to have suffered anything serious.
Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said the team wouldn’t revisit the Brett Favre possibilities and said the business side of a potential Favre signing – additional jersey and ticket sales – was never a consideration. The team only pursued signing him because of what he would bring to the football field.
WR Percy Harvin remained unsigned Friday evening, the only pick in the draft between numbers 20 and 26 (he was 22nd) that is left to sign, as several deals in that range have been completed in the last 24 hours.
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar attended Friday’s afternoon session after making an appearance at the Mankato VFW. She said the team’s stadium issue is not a federal issue, but she was certainly supportive of the team and anticipated a good season.
The Vikings had about the same attendance at both practices on Friday, likely just over 2,000 fans at each session. The afternoon session was wrapped up with a team introduction in Blakeslee Stadium.
QB Tarvaris Jackson threw three consecutive passes that were nearly intercepted during a seven-on-seven session. The first was almost intercepted by Antoine Winfield, the second was a pass intended for Peterson that was knocked down by a diving Ben Leber and the third was thrown into double coverage, a pass that Chad Greenway could have intercepted but Bobby Wade still almost caught.
While QB Sage Rosenfels wasn’t living as close to the edge during his turn, he tended to overthrow a number of deep passes throughout the day. He did, however, connected on two out of three shorter passes during a seven-on-seven stint.
The defense rotated the way they used their cornerbacks with the first-team defense, giving Benny Sapp and Marcus McCauley opportunities in the nickel defense – Sapp inside and McCauley outside.
Rookie safety Devon Hall intercepted a John David Booty pass intended for TE Jeff Dugan.