Vikings superstar RB Adrian Peterson is back at 2011 Verizon Vikings Training Camp after being away for a few days due to the birth of his baby boy. Peterson, who flew back to Houston to be with his family, said his new son’s name is Adrian, Jr.
“It’s been pretty exciting,” Peterson said. “I’ve had time to go back and spend time with my son. It was fun to sit back and hold him. Just the whole experience. But I’m back here and focused on football. I’m ready to get the ball rolling.”
And the Vikings are ready to give the ball to Peterson. He’s the crown jewel of an offense that will surely feature him frequently. Bill Musgrave’s offense will be quite different from the scheme Peterson has played in for all four of his seasons, but Peterson seems to embrace the challenge of learning a new system and he also seems to think the new system will fit him well.
“There are a lot of changes,” Peterson commented. “Obviously it’s different terminology, the running back is definitely asked to do a lot more and I’m excited about it. Different formations and different looks that the running backs have…[it's] outside of the box. I’m excited to get this instilled in my mind, this playbook, and then get out there on Sundays and showcase the new Vikings offense.”
On Peterson’s first day back with the club, he met with reporters after the Friday morning walk-through. Because he’s entering the last year of his rookie contract, he was persistently asked about his satisfaction with his contractual status and with any progress that might (or might not) be happening on a new deal to keep him in Minnesota. Unlike what we see from so many superstars in sports, though, Peterson didn’t seem worried about his contract. He was clearly more focused on getting back onto the field and playing football.
“I’m comfortable with where I’m at,” Peterson insisted. “I’m committed to my deal. It’s obviously the last year of my deal so I have guys that take care of that for me. I let those guys handle that. For now I’m focused on football; I’m not worried about contract at all. At all. My main focus is on doing what I can do, learn this offense and help the Minnesota Vikings win a Super Bowl.”
When asked again if he was comfortable playing while in the final year of his contract, Peterson reiterated his commitment to the team and to the season.
“I’m here,” he said. “I’m here and ready to roll for training camp. I haven’t thought about contract. That’s where I’m at.
“The only thing I can control is what I do. And that’s coming out and helping the Vikings get [wins]. I feel like as long as I continue to do that, then everything else will take care of itself.”
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