Peterson impressed by Keenum, but says Skins have two good QBs

Ben Krimmel
July 21, 2019 - 2:36 pm

Running back Adrian Peterson remained a free agent long into the offseason a year ago before singing in Washington in late August.

This year, the Washington Redskins secured the signature of the veteran in March, a few days shy of his 34th birthday. Why did Peterson decide to re-sign?

“Just the talent that I’ve seen throughout the year, just the fight and the heart I’ve seen within the team, as well, because obviously, we dealt with a lot of adversity last year," Peterson told Chad Dukes on 106.7 the Fan Friday. "Guys just continuing to fight, that’s what impressed me the most." 

In addition to a strong defense, which Peterson said, "really held us up last year," he pointed to the situation at quarterback which drew him back.

“So when I was really thinking about it, I was just like, I’m coming back to a great offensive line, the quarterback situation, you’ve got Case Keenum in, you’ve got the young rookie and I’m looking forward to seeing what he’s gonna do in training camp, as well,” he told 106.7 The Fan.

When asked about Trent Williams returning, Peterson said he hadn't spoken to the tackle who has threatened to miss training camp.

"I have no idea, to be honest with you," Peterson said about whether Williams will be at training camp. "I don't know. I don't want to play the guessing game."

When asked about Keenum specifically, Peterson told Dukes he has been impressed by the newly-acquired QB at mini-camp but did not explicitly say he should be the starter over rookie Dwayne Haskins.
 
“He’s a veteran guy, he’s a guy that’s proven, that he can play the game, he can lead the team,” Peterson told 106.7 The Fan. “What impressed me during mini-camp was just his control, of course, of the huddle, with him communicating with the receivers and the tight ends. And just his arm. He really threw some good balls with great accuracy, as well. 

“He’s one of those gunslingers, you know? I like players like that because if I was a quarterback that’s the style that I would play with. A guy that you don’t ever have to question his effort or his play. That right there is the sign of a winner to me. That’s what I like about him," Peterson said on CDVTW. 

Peterson says “right now” Keenum has the edge over Haskins because of his experience and he sees the veteran leading the team at the moment.

“But, you know, we’ll see, you never know,” Peterson told 106.7 The Fan. “The young guy, and I know he’s hungry and I know he has a lot that he’s trying to prove, as well. So, training camp is gonna be big for him to see how he digests everything and how he’s able to run the offense. So, we’ll see.

“We’ve got two talented quarterbacks, so that’s a good problem to have,” Peterson said on 106.7 The Fan.

As far as the competition at running back with Derrius Guice returning from an ACL tear and Chris Thompson, who impressed joined Peterson this offseason for workouts. The veteran said he trusts head coach Jay Gruden to strike the right balance.

“It’s a lot of talent in the room,” Peterson told 106.7 The Fan. “We’ll see, we’ll figure it out. Whatever formula works best to help us get W’s is the formula I know coach Gruden is gonna go with. 

“It’s gonna be interesting to see how things develop through training camp and through the preseason when we’re able to get out there and see how guys are moving in live-action.”

Peterson added he loves coaching and teaching the young guys to improve their game, but “for me, I’ve always loved competition, it brings the best out of each guy that’s in that running back room.”

He classified the depth at the position with backs having different skill sets as another one of those good problems to have.

“We have a solid team. We have a really solid team,” Peterson added. "I knew it would be a good situation for me to come back for a second year and do this again with different results."

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