Saints Adrian Peterson discusses facing his former team in Week 1

Saints Adrian Peterson discusses facing his former team in Week 1

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Former NFL MVP Adrian Peterson was cut loose by the Minnesota Vikings this past February, thus becoming a free agent.

After speaking with numerous teams, including the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks, “All Day” opted to sign on with the NFC South New Orleans Saints.

Today, Peterson spoke about how excited he is to play behind legendary quarterback Drew Brees and how he feels about playing his former team, the Minnesota Vikings, in Week 1 of this year’s NFL Regular Season.

“Envisioning myself in the backfield with Drew Brees it was like ‘Wow, what will opposing teams do?'”

As for playing his long-time team the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1, Peterson says it was just meant to be.

“It was meant to be.”

Peterson and the New Orleans Saints will invade Minnesota for Monday Night Football on September 11.

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Minnesota Vikings release former NFL MVP Adrian Peterson

Minnesota Vikings release former NFL MVP Adrian Peterson

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

The Minnesota Vikings have decided to part ways with former NFL MVP and legendary team running back Adrian Peterson.

“All-Day” was due to count for an $18 million hit against the Vikings salary cap in 2017, which would have been twice as much as any other running back in the NFL.

The seven-time Pro Bowler and 2012 league MVP, Peterson, spent 10 years with the Minnesota Vikings where he established himself as one of the greatest running backs of all-time.

In ten season with the Vikings, Peterson played 123 games rushing for 11,747 total yards and 102 touchdowns scored.

With that said, Peterson could still end up back in Minnesota, this if he doesn’t field any better offers from other organizations.

Teams apparently considering going after Peterson include the New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders.

Vikings vs. 49ers Preview

Vikings vs. 49ers Preview

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

 

 

 

The San Francisco 49ers will open their 2015 NFL season at home against the Minnesota Vikings tonight, in what will be the second game featured on Monday Night Football.

San Francisco struggled on offense during the preseason, scoring just two touchdowns in four games.

The 49ers will need quarterback Colin Kaepernick to improve on a poor 2014 campaign if they are to be successful this season.

The 27-year-old pivot threw for 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last year (2014).

Kaepernick will have a legitimate down field deep-threat this season in the form of newly signed receiver Torrey Smith.

Smith and “Kap” almost hooked up on a homerun ball earlier this preseason, but the throw sailed just a few feet too far.

As for their running attack, San Francisco lost veteran running back Frank Gore this offseason.

With that said, the 49ers still have a some solid options to turn to in the running game including Carlos Hyde, Reggie Bush and Mike Davis.

The 49ers will likely rely on their defense to win them games in 2015.

Linebacker NaVorro Bowman will have the unenviable task of trying to contain former league MVP Adrian Peterson tonight at Levi’s Stadium.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings will be looking to build on a strong 2014 season when they play game 1 on the road against the 49ers.

The Vikings will once again have the services of “All Day” Adrian Peterson, who missed the majority of last season due to a suspension.

Second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater turned heads last season by throwing for 2919 yards and 14 touchdowns.

The Vikings pivot has even more weapons to choose from this year, including the aforementioned Adrian Peterson and new deep-ball receiver Mike Wallace.

On defense the Vikings are a solid unit. They have a good front line which is supported by star linebacker Chad Greenway.

In the secondary, the Vikings sport hard hitting safety Harrison Smith and shutdown corner Xavier Rhodes.

This game will likely be a defensive battle, but I think Minnesota will post a couple of big plays to pull out the win.

I predict the final score to be Minnesota 20 San Francisco 16.

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Adrian Peterson returns to the Vikings‏

Adrian Peterson returns to the Vikings‏

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

 

 

 

Minnesota Vikings fans can breathe a long sigh of relief.

That’s because star running back and former NFL MVP Adrian Peterson reported to OTA’s earlier this week.

Peterson’s return to Minnesota puts an end to any possible trade or retirement talks.

The return of “All Day” makes the Vikings a legitimate threat in the NFC Conference.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was thrilled to have “AP” back on the field:

There’s not a prettier sight than when (Peterson’s) got the ball in his hands,” coach Mike Zimmer said upon Peterson’s return to OTAs.

Peterson admitted that there were days he was unsure if he would return to the Vikings or to the NFL at all.

But ultimately, Adrian listened to the advice of his parents and advisors who recommended that he return to Minnesota:

“I’m gonna be absolutely 100 percent with you. With everything going on in my life during that time, I really didn’t know what I wanted,” Peterson said. “I didn’t know if I wanted to play somewhere else, if I wanted to retire, and if I wanted to go off, you know, get into track, just change it up, differently, do something different. That’s where, you know, receiving advice from my parents and my advisors really played a big role.”

Peterson now rejoins a Vikings offense led by second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

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