Adrian Peterson

Detroit Lions
Running Back #23
Detroit Lions
Running Back #23
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Plans to continue career

Peterson wants to play football in 2021 and hopes to sign with a Super Bowl contender, SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Apart from a brief stretch in New Orleans, the 36-year-old running back has mostly played for bad teams since leaving Minnesota after the 2016 campaign. Peterson dropped to 3.9 YPC in Detroit last year, but he did score seven touchdowns on his 19 carries inside the 10-yard line. He's 449 yards behind Barry Sanders (15,269) for fourth place on the all-time rushing list.

Apr 21, 2021 7:12 AM EST


Efficient against former team

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

Analysis: With D'Andre Swift again in the lead role, Peterson unsurprisingly finished the season as second fiddle in the backfield, but he more than made up for any lack of playing time 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 will only help the 35-year-old as Peterson ventures into the offseason as an unrestricted free agent.

Jan 3, 2021 4:24 PM EST



Season-low snap count

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

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 in Week 17 against the Vikings, it seems clear that interim head coach Darrell Bevell wants to be giving rookie D'Andre Swift all the experience he can handle.

Dec 28, 2020 12:17 PM EST


Takes back seat to Swift

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

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. Absences from Swift 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 become restricted.

Dec 20, 2020 2:55 PM EST


Puts in full practice

Peterson (forearm) practiced in full Thursday.

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.

Dec 17, 2020 1:13 PM EST



Limited to start week

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

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.

Dec 16, 2020 1:13 PM EST


Reverts to reserve role

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

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. 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 Peterson up from the waiver wire.

Dec 14, 2020 6:34 AM EST


Scores twice, secures go-ahead TD

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

Analysis: With rookie D'Andre Swift being 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 during 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.

Dec 6, 2020 3:20 PM EST


Likely to remain involved Week 13

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.

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.

Dec 4, 2020 12:41 PM EST


Punches in two short TDs

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

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.

Nov 26, 2020 1:40 PM EST


Another start on tap

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.

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.

Nov 26, 2020 8:18 AM EST


Shut down by Panthers

Peterson rushed seven times for 18 yards while failing to catch his only target during Sunday's 20-0 loss to Carolina.

Analysis: Returning to the starting role with D'Andre Swift (concussion) out of commission, the 35-year-old Peterson was unable to get anything going against a Panthers defense that previously had been gashed for the 28th-most yards per rush attempt (4.8) and the 29th-most rushing touchdowns (14) in 2020. While the Lions were disadvantaged by also playing without top receiver Kenny Golladay (hip) but with a hobbled quarterback - Matthew Stafford was toughing out a thumb injury - it's beyond clear at this point that Peterson simply lacks the burst he once brought to the table. With that said, Detroit has Houston on deck. If there's ever a setup where Peterson could eat, it's probably a home matchup against a Texans defense allowing a league-high 5.2 yards per carry, but that's only if Swift remains sidelined.

Nov 22, 2020 1:31 PM EST


Prepared for start

Peterson was told he'd be getting a lot of work again, after D'Andre Swift entered the concussion protocol Thursday, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: With Swift ruled out Friday afternoon, Lions RBs coach Kyle Caskey said Peterson will "lead it off" in Sunday's game against the Panthers, per Chris Burke of The Athletic. Detroit also has Kerryon Johnson on hand, but he's been getting most of his snaps on passing downs, often serving as a blocker. Peterson is the best bet to get the Week 11 start and lead the team in carries, with Johnson and possibly Jonathan Williams likely handling lesser roles. The Lions have another game coming up four days later on Thanksgiving, which could make it difficult for Swift to avoid a second absence.

Nov 20, 2020 12:54 PM EST


Season-low four carries

Peterson rushed four times for 21 yards during Sunday's 30-27 win over Washington. He also caught his only target for nine yards.

Analysis: Peterson ceded starting duties to D'Andre Swift and the second-round rookie ultimately handled 21 touches while Peterson and Kerryon Johnson combined for six. It will be interesting to see if Peterson will be more in the mix in Week 11 when Detroit plays a Carolina team that just allowed 192 yards to Tampa Bay's Ronald Jones on Sunday, but it seems like the change in starting duties might be much more than a formality. If this division of work continues, Peterson certainly won't be worth holding onto in any fantasy format out there.

Nov 15, 2020 4:14 PM EST


Ceding starting duties to Swift

Peterson is expected to work in a backup role during Sunday's game versus Washington with D'Andre Swift set to make his first career start, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Though Peterson has been serving as Detroit's starter through the team's first eight games, he hasn't handled the typical workload normally associated with that role. Peterson has failed to play more than 40 percent of Detroit's offensive snaps in six of those contests, with his usage most frequently taking a hit when the Lions are trailing and forced into pass-heavy game scripts. The fact that Swift is now getting the start ahead of him could signal that Peterson's role as the Lions' top ballcarrier on early downs may be in jeopardy, though Pelissero notes that Detroit is still expected to use a mix of the two and Kerryon Johnson out of the backfield in Week 10.

Nov 15, 2020 9:35 AM EST


Held to 43 total yards

Peterson carried the ball eight times for 29 yards in Week 9 against the Vikings. He added three receptions for 14 yards.

Analysis: Peterson was once again out-touched by rookie D'Andre Swift and limited to a largely ineffective performance. His longest gain on the ground went for only eight yards, though he did manage to log a 10-yard reception. Peterson has failed to reach more than 10 carries in each of the past two games and his lack of involvement in the passing game limits his opportunity for more touches. He will taken on Washington, his former team, in Week 10.

Nov 8, 2020 6:02 PM EST


Bottled up

Peterson rushed five times for seven yards during Sunday's 41-21 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: Peterson did predictably little with his season-low in rush attempts against a Colts defense that entered the game allowing the fourth-fewest yards per rush attempt (3.5). A pair of Matthew Stafford turnovers certainly didn't help position the Lions for a run-heavy game flow, nor did a number of drive-killing misthrows. While the potential absence of Kenny Golladay (hip) could make it harder for the Lions to rebound in Week 9, Detroit will at least get to take on a Minnesota defense allowing the third-most points per game (32.0) in 2020.

Nov 1, 2020 2:47 PM EST


Removed from injury report

Peterson (abdomen) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Colts, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: Peterson managed a limited practice Thursday before upgrading to full participation Friday. He shouldn't have any limitations from a medical standpoint, but D'Andre Swift's role in the Detroit backfield has grown over the past month, and the Indianapolis defense is getting star linebacker Darius Leonard (groin) back on the field this week.

Oct 30, 2020 12:18 PM EST


Limited by abdominal injury

Peterson (abdomen) was limited at Thursday's practice, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: After being unlisted on Wednesday's injury report, Peterson notably has an abdominal issue attached to his name Thursday. There's no telling if his availability for Sunday's game against the Colts is in peril, but he recently has been taking a back seat to rookie D'Andre Swift, who has received 30 touches to Peterson's 28 over the last two games. Friday's report could shed light on Peterson's potential to suit up this weekend.

Oct 29, 2020 1:09 PM EST


Stymied by Falcons front

Peterson registered 29 rushing yards on 11 carries, also hauling in his lone target for one yard during Sunday's 23-22 win against the Falcons.

Analysis: Against an Atlanta defense that boasts Pro Bowler Grady Jarrett as the anchor of its line, Peterson averaged a season-low 2.6 yards per carry during Week 7. Though it was an off outing for the four-time All-Pro, and the Lions' rushing game as a whole for that matter, it appears that Peterson is a fixture of the Detroit ground attack going forward. He's had double-digit carries in every game but one so far this season, as well as TDs in two of his past three games heading into a Week 8 matchup against the Colts.

Oct 25, 2020 4:51 PM EST


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