“They’re giving me an opportunity to play,” he told Josina Anderson Sunday morning. “I know coach Bevell from my days in Minnesota. Ultimately I feel comfortable going there and helping them to get better.”
The choice to cut Peterson was a surprise to get the running back, who’s run for over 14,000 metres in 13 seasons, until he noticed Coach Ron Rivera’s initial words through a meeting Friday.
“Just normal routine — did my tests, went in and talked to him, and he was just like, ‘This is always tough,’ ” Peterson said. “When he said that, already I knew what it was. One thing you don’t want to hear is ‘This is always tough.’ ”
In two seasons in Washington, that the 35-year old Peterson had hurried for 1,940 yards, scoring 12 touchdowns, in 31 games. In camp at Rivera’s first year, he had discovered he had been becoming fewer reps.
“But if the ones were called up or we did our group clinic in the stadium, I had been up with all the ones and did 2 moment [drills] and that,” he explained. “So it was shocking to me, to say the least. It was shocking since I simply didn’t see that indication of it , ‘Okay, you’will be published.’ Maybe a diminished role within the crime. Maybe a few games you are utilized more, 15, 16 conveys or anything.
“But I did not expect to get released.”
The 2012 NFL MVP following a year where he rushed for two,097 yards together with all the Vikings, Peterson paths the Lions’ Hall of Fame runnings back in total yardage by 1,053 yards, a marker which may well fall with Peterson’s reunion with Bevell. Sanders is on the all time racing record and Peterson is fifth. Rivera took all that into account in making his choice and today will get to confront Peterson when Washington plays Detroit Nov. 15 in Ford Field.
“I went through a great deal of discussions the previous day and really late [Thursday] came to the conclusion that this was the path we had been going to head,” Rivera stated Friday. “This isn’t about what he has not done or something like this. It’s about exactly what this set of backs has revealed us, particularly in how in which the crime is headed. And that is really what it is all about. Adrian is a real pro. I was lucky to be here with him .
“It’s hard because I know this man is a first-ballot Hall of Famer.”