Minnesota Vikings Should Utilize Adrian Peterson More in Passing Game

Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

It’s no secret the Minnesota Vikings have had trouble in the passing game for most of the season. Percy Harvin was playing at an MVP level during the first 10 weeks of the season, but since his injury, consistency has been a problem at receiver. The remaining group of players just haven’t been able to create any separation or big plays for the majority of the year.

Jerome Simpson was pegged to be the Vikings’ No. 2 guy, but he can’t even hold on to the ball. Michael Jenkins and Devin Aromashodu have been used pretty sparingly, and rookie Jarius Wright is just finally emerging as a reliable target. Long story short, Minnesota needs help in the passing game.

One possible solution to this lack of play-making in the passing game, is to further utilize Adrian Peterson. To date, Peterson has caught 35 balls for 185 yards. He’s easily on pace to bring in a new career high in receptions (43), but he’s well off his record 436 receiving yards from 2009.

At this point in the season, the Vikings just need to get AP the ball any way they can. He’s their best offensive weapon and already being called upon to carry the load, so why not mix it up a bit?

The frequency is there as far as targeting Peterson, but they really haven’t ran a lot of plays specifically designed for him. He usually is just a check-down option, and while that works for a few yards, I hope Bill Musgrave dials up a few more plays down the field for AP starting Sunday.

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