Adrian Peterson returns to Minnesota for the first time on Monday night since being let go in the offseason by the team that drafted him. Now a member of the New Orleans Saints, the future Hall of Famer hopes he is embraced by the Vikings fans who once chanted his name.
“I think it’ll be a warm welcome,” Peterson told Minnesota media members on a conference call Thursday. “I don’t see why it’d be any other way. Ten years played there. A lot of good memories there and being the face of the franchise for so long, giving them everything I’ve got. I don’t think it took a rocket scientist to see when I was on the field, I was giving max effort with everything I did.”
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Hill, who went 18 of 33 for 236 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions, seemed comfortable with the uncertainty. The 36-year-old, who has spent a majority of his career as a second or third string quarterback, laughed off some of the typical slights that are often unintentionally hurled his way. When asked by a reporter if Zimmer simply asked him not to lose the game, Hill smiled.
“We all understand what it takes to win in this league,” he said. “I understand how this team is built, having spent the year with this team and seeing where our wins came from last year. There’s certainly a way to win in this league and a way to lose and coach Zimmer does a great job preaching how to win.”
That was one example of Peterson and youth nfl jerseys and the team coming together to make a tough situation work. They could’ve walked away from each other, but didn’t. The team and Peterson overcame another challenging scenario when he was suspended by the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy in 2014.
Traditionally, the Vikings have been loyal to Peterson, and expect that to continue. The question does exist regarding what price the former MVP is willing to play for, but there is plenty of time to figure it out.
“A matter of fact, forget it. We felt as a team, as players, we came together and we felt like we’d never done that when we played against the Packers,” Rhodes said. “Us as DBs felt like we could handle him. That’s how we felt as DBs that we could stay on our side and cover him. In the beginning, we’d always played against them and played our sides, so that’s what we as DBs went with.”
Ditching the game plan helped Nelson go off in the first half. Aaron Rodgers’ favorite target complied 145 yards and two TDs on seven first-half receptions — some of that yardage came against Rhodes. The Packers led 28-13 before the Vikings got to the locker room and Zimmer took control.
Third-year QB Brad Sorensen signed with the Vikings on Saturday, the team announced.
Sorensen’s addition comes a couple days after Minnesota decided to sit Teddy Bridgewater in their second preseason game, which coach Mike Zimmer said was his decision.