Saints expect the best from Adrian Peterson

Brian Tinsman
October 04, 2018 - 10:54 pm
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When Adrian Peterson left his only NFL home in Minnesota, he thought he found a soft landing spot as a complement to Mark Ingram in New Orleans.

Several weeks later, the team drafted rookie Alvin Kamara, who forced his way into a two-way equation with Ingram. Peterson faltered in early opportunities and expressed frustration at a lack of opportunities.

The Saints granted his wish and sent him to Arizona, where he put together a modest season with the Cardinals.

But the perception among many in the NFL is that Peterson was washed up in New Orleans and only got a chance in Arizona after injuries to David Johnson and Chris Johnson. He was cut by the Cardinals in March and did not get his chance in Washington until midway through the preseason, and only after injuries to Derrius Guice and Samaje Perine.

It didn't take long for Peterson to haunt the Cardinals, leading his team in both rushing and receiving yards on the road in Week 1, as the Redskins romped over the Cardinals in the desert.

Now, Peterson takes his redemption tour back to New Orleans to battle his former team under the bright lights on Monday Night Football. It's just business as usual, claims the future Hall of Famer.

"It's a wonderful city that treated me well," Peterson said of New Orleans. "I will be grabbing some beignets when I get down there. It will be good to see some of the guys I went through training camp with. Unfortunately it didn't work out, but obviously, they're doing some good things in New Orleans."

If you don't believe that, you aren't alone. His former teammates know that Peterson is itching to show what he can do as well.

"He's obviously one of those guys that you're always leery of because at any given time he can get loose," Saints fullback Zach Line said Thursday. "He's just a fierce competitor and he always kind of has, I feel like, a vendetta whenever he's playing (a big game)."

Interesting Note: According to Nola.com, Former stablemates Kamara and Ingram had identical quotes on Peterson, wishing him luck but only so far.

Kamara: "I'll be happy to see him. I'm glad he's doing well this season, and I hope he keeps doing well, but not against us."

Ingram: "I'll be happy to see him. I'm glad he's doing well this season, and I hope he keeps doing well -- but not against us."

We'll see how happy they are to see him after kickoff on Monday night.

 

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