Friday, December 2, 2016

adrian peterson

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Rumors have been running rampant since Wednesday night about quarterback Michael Vick possibly making a visit to the Twin Cities to meet with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday. Will it turn out to be true? Only time will tell.

But let’s just say he is making his way to Minnesota and ends up signing with the Vikings for at least the 2016 season. What exactly would be the benefit of Minnesota bringing in a quarterback who has not thrown more than five touchdown passes in a season since 2011?

It is essentially all about what he could do.

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It’s tough today, but tomorrow the sun — my wife passed away seven years ago, right, but the sun came up the next day, the world kept spinning and people kept going to work, and that’s what we’re going to do.

Mike Zimmer’s quote above came from August 30th’s press conference regarding Teddy Bridgewater’s knee injury that derails many of the plans the Vikings had in the works for 2016.

Now, however, it is the morning of August 31st and the sun has indeed made an appearance today.

As that sun shines on a Minnesota Vikings team preparing for their final preseason game, it reveals a talented young team that is still in the process of evaluating a roster that will surely yield many tough decisions in the coming days.

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Teddy Bridgewater is supposed to play an Adrian Peterson isn’t.

After a long week of Mike Zimmer’s media dealings dominating the conversation we are finally in the final minutes of speculation, which will soon give way to actual preseason football. Normally, the third preseason game is thoughts of as a “dress rehearsal,” but today’s action will be absent of a number of key contributors on the Vikings side.

Before we get to the “inactives” (in quotes because the list isn’t exactly official in the preseason), we offer up some of our articles from this last week that you might have missed. After all, you have to do something leading up to the first kickoff to take place in U.S. Bank Stadium.

Okay, on to the inactives:

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Adrian Peterson Working Out
Adrian Peterson working out in Texas this offseason - Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Last week, against Seattle, I think everybody in the Vikings Territory writers room perked their ears up when a first quarter pass doinked off the hands of Jerick McKinnon and fell incomplete. Why? Well, let’s just say an argument about whether or not Adrian Peterson is actually “one-dimensional” had just taken place, so McKinnon’s miscue made for easy fodder for one side of that fight to use as ammo.

Of course, any “fights” our writers have are in the spirit of good fun and further understanding of this team we all love. This one got a little tense, I won’t lie, but that had more to do with my choice of the words – “lazy group-think narrative” – than anything else.

So, yes, there it is. Half the cat is out of the bag. I believe that Adrian Peterson is not nearly as one-dimensional as everybody else believes he is.

Here’s why.

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