Leslie Frazier Thinks Adrian Peterson Trying Too Hard; Other Issues At Play

By Andrew Fisher
Adrian Peterson
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The Minnesota Vikings are in an early season 0-2 hole. It certainly wasn’t what they had in mind, but that will happen when you have to open the season up with two tough divisional road games. As crazy as it sounds, some people are wondering what’s wrong with Adrian Peterson. He was mostly ineffective in week one, minus a 78-yard touchdown run. He also failed to really breakout in week two, despite gaining 100 yards. I guess that could be perceived as ‘getting off to a slow start’ when you’re trying to follow up a 2,000-yard monster season.

Vikings’ head coach Leslie Frazier had this to say on his running back’s early season ‘issues’:

“Part of some of the issues he dealt with yesterday trying to hit that home run on every single run. And that’s not always going to be the case. But overall, in these first two games, he’s done well. He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do. We just have to make sure to get him some holes.”

I’m still not buying that AP has issues, but I will throw out the fact that he’s currently not running behind Jerome Felton. It’s not that Zach Line and Rhett Ellison haven’t done a good job filling in at fullback, it’s just that Felton is Pro Bowl-caliber fullback.

Felton is course in the midst of a three-game suspension from the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Peterson is yet to really have a monster game this season like he did in 2012, but that will change in week three. The Vikings finally get play a home game and it also happens to be against the Cleveland Browns. The following week against the Pittsburgh Steelers (London), Felton will return, and I’m willing to bet some of the 2012 magic will be rekindled.


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