By BOB BAUM, AP Sports activities Author
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Adrian Peterson has joined a group with the worst operating recreation within the NFL, a state of affairs he’s sure he nonetheless has the power to vary.
“I’ve a lot left,” the 32-yr-previous operating again informed reporters Wednesday after going by way of his first follow with the Arizona Cardinals. “I’d like to play a minimum of 4 or 5 extra years, God prepared. I’ve rather a lot left within the tank. So keep tuned, you guys will have the ability to see that firsthand.”
The Cardinals acquired Peterson from the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday in change for an undisclosed draft decide.
Peterson was not crucial of his temporary time with the Saints, regardless that he discovered himself relegated to 3rd-string operating again.
“I wasn’t pushing to be moved,” he stated, “however I’d be mendacity to you to say that I didn’t need a change of surroundings after 4 weeks seeing how issues performed out.”
And his response when he came upon concerning the commerce?
“It’s like, ‘Thanks Jesus,’” Peterson stated.
Peterson performed 10 seasons in Minnesota, a strong, dominant operating again whom few might take down with out appreciable assist.
He signed a two-yr contract with the Saints this offseason however was languishing on the sidelines there.
Peterson’s numbers weren’t spectacular with the Saints — eighty one yards in 27 carries — however Arizona coach Bruce Arians stated he favored what he noticed.
“A violent runner who nonetheless has it,” Arians stated. “He’s not 22 anymore however he nonetheless pours it up in there and could be very thrilling.”
Peterson was welcomed with open arms by extensive receiver Larry Fitzgerald, a great pal whom the operating again described as “like household.”
Peterson stated Fitzgerald insisted he keep in his visitor home.
“I’ve been understanding Larry for a very long time,” Peterson stated, “and I’ve by no means heard the thrill in his voice that I heard when he referred to as. He is aware of what I’ve been going via and he was simply excited for me.”
Arians stated Peterson will play Sunday when the Cardinals are residence towards Tampa Bay.
The Cardinals are averaging a league-worst fifty one.eight yards per recreation on the bottom.
“That’s the one factor I’m coming in right here interested by,” Peterson stated, “is altering that so we will current to a protection a extra balanced offense, an offense that may run the ball and move the ball as properly.”
He is aware of he gained’t be enjoying behind the best offensive line.
“This isn’t my first rodeo,” Peterson stated. “I’ve been in…