Adrian Peterson still looks like a feature RB

Brian Tinsman
August 24, 2018 - 9:01 pm
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Adrian Peterson looked strange in a No. 26 burgundy jersey but otherwise looked like he had rolled back the clock on a Hall of Fame career.

Peterson officially agreed to terms with the Washington Redskins on Monday and joined the team on Tuesday. He had just a handful of practices and meetings with the team before getting the start on Friday vs. the Denver Broncos. He was featured in a variety of formations, including the i-formation, single back and shotgun, finding holes to run through in each.

When he couldn't find holes to run through, he made them himself, dragging defenders along with him.

His first touch was a 7-yard run burst out of the i-formation:

He toted the rock on seven-straight plays, including this 13-yard cut and run up the middle behind stellar blocking from the offensive line:

He finished the first quarter with eight total carries and 35 yards. That's a very respectable 4.4 yards per carry, and he was easily the best Redskins player on the field over that span.

He gave way to Kapri Bibbs and Rob Kelley at the start of the second quarter, who managed just a combined nine yards on three carries. One fourth and short, the team turned back to Peterson, who stretched far to the left and picked up the first down...and 14 more yards:

The carry kept the Redskins' first scoring drive alive and gave Peterson 56 yards in his first 11 carries, for an excellent 5.1 yards per carry. The performance could catapult him into the starting lineup for Week 1 as well.

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