Peterson OK with being the Redskins' backup?

Ben Krimmel
September 06, 2019 - 12:17 pm

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said the running attack is going to belong to Derrius Guice and veteran Adrian Peterson sounds alright with that.

"I knew when I came in what the scenario was, that (Guice) was down and I came in and I was able to fill the void for a period of time," Peterson told reporters on Thursday.

"They drafted this kid in the second round, so of course they want to give him a shot. He's been working really hard to come back and get on the field, so at the end of the day, I'm paid to do what they ask me to do. So that's all I can do and all I can control," Peterson added.

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Earlier this week, Gruden said the plan will be to "see where (Guice) goes and then we'll determine who gets what after that."

"The issue is you’ve got one ball and if you're going to hand the ball off 25 times a game, only so many carries can go around. You've still got Chris Thompson up and Adrian," Gruden said this week. "The big thing is we just gotta make sure we got somebody ready for the mother load and everybody else will be ready for whatever else they can get."

The question becomes how long will he be OK with this arrangement?

"I was in Minnesota for 10 years, I saw guys rotate through that building every year, have short stays," Peterson said. "So, me going through it towards the end of my career, it's not that big of a deal. Guys have made a livelihood of playing on different teams throughout the year.

"So I just embrace it and appreciate that I'm still in a position to play after 13 years."

Of course, Peterson wasn't so keen on his usage rate during his brief stint in New Orleans after he left Minnesota. There was an infamous sideline blowup with head coach Sean Payton and the veteran running back was traded in early October.

The next few weeks of Redskins football could be very chaotic.

How chaotic? Gruden was asked Thursday if there was a discussion about Peterson being inactive Sunday.

"Ifs, you know. If the hurricane hits then we won't have a game, so I don't know," Gruden said. "We've got a lot of ifs we've got to worry about. We're just going to go (out Friday to) see who's active, see who can play and then we'll make the determination come Sunday."

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