One of the early critiques Adrian Peterson was offered by his coaches during the 1st couple seasons of his career was patience. Often times he would be so anxious to hit a hole that he would burst through the line of scrimmage before his offensive linemen could set up their blocks.
Peterson worked on that aspect of his game and he’s shown improvement.
Another area in which he’s improved has been his receiving skills. In his rookie season, Peterson had 19 receptions and last year he had 21. But this year the Vikings 2-time Pro Bowl RB already has 14 and he’s on pace for 37.
Being able to get the ball in his hands as a receiver is valuable for the Vikings because teams continue to stack the box in anticipation of him being handed the ball. The more diverse Peterson’s skill set, the harder it will be for teams to defend him.
So what’s been the key to Peterson’s improvement as a receiver out of the backfield? Just as he had to work on patience with his running, Peterson says the key to his improvement as a receiver has been patience.
“I would say just being more patient when I’m running my routes and understanding that the quarterback has different reads before he checks down to [me],” the RB explained. “That’s one thing that I look back on…how it wasn’t necessarily that I wasn’t running good routes. I was just being too fast. Now that I’m more patient, I’m able to work the guy and really break on the guy and get open.”
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