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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The New Orleans Saints finally admitted that Adrian Peterson isn’t going to work out for their team and the Saints traded the veteran running back to the Arizona Cardinals for a 6th round draft pick. It’s kind of hard to get excited for this trade because Peterson has finished with less than 100 yards for three out of the last four seasons. That was 48 games Peterson had to put something together and he totaled just 228 yards in all those contests. Now to be fair in 2015 Peterson did have a big season rushing for 1,485 yards and 11 touchdowns. If the Cardinals can get even a glimpse of that kind of production from Peterson they will be happy, don’t hold your breath though. While being in a lead back role will certainly help Peterson be better than he was in New Orleans there is a reason the former Viking and Saint has been beat out by younger players recently. It’s because Adrian Peterson is losing a step due to his age and it will be truly amazing if 11th year pro can recapture his top form. When a running back gets in the twilight of his career the fast twitch muscles in their body begin to fire much more slowly. Ultimately that’s a big reason why Peterson has averaged under 4 yards per carry this season. So it’s definitely going to be interesting to see if the Cardinals can put Peterson in a position to succeed? There’s also the hurdle of learning the new playbook which Peterson will have to do in Arizona. That means the odds are clearly stacked against Peterson and if things don’t work out with the Cardinals it’s safe to say the future Hall of Fame ball carrier will most likely retire at the end of the year. This is really Peterson’s last chance to prove his worth to the league so he certainly has to make the most of it if he was wants to continue playing.
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