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No 'pitch count' for Adrian Peterson in this opener

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The governor is coming off of Adrian Peterson.

Peterson had a prescribed number of snaps and carries in last season’s opener when he returned from a torn ACL and MCL he suffered less than a year prior.

After watching Peterson take that limit and shatter it, coach Leslie Frazier said there’s no such plan this time around.

“Last year this time, there were so many question marks,” Frazier said. “We had a pitch count on him as far as the snaps and carries we were going to give him. No such thing this season.”

“We’ve taken all that off the table, no matter what we have to do to win.”

Historically, Peterson averages around 20 carries in six regular season openers, but he could break that mark on Sunday at the Detroit Lions.

“We’ll see how the game is going,” Frazier said. “But there are no conditions placed on him for this ball game.”

Here’s a breakdown of Peterson’s rushing involvement in openers:

Year     Snaps    Carries    Rushing stats
2012      32           17            84 yds, 2 TDs
2011      37           16            98 yds
2010      44           19            87 yds
2009      39           25            180 yds, 3 TDs
2008      52           19            103 yds, TD
2007      N/A         19            103 yds

A Peterson-less preseason didn’t create much for fans to watch, but the NFL MVP showed last season that he doesn’t need any exhibition reps to prepare.

Frazier said the Vikings’ passing attack wasn’t too revealing in the preseason, but emphasized this is a run-first team anyway.

“We were vanilla in some respects but the way we’re set up, we’re not going to be very exotic when it comes to the passing game,” Frazier said. “We put a heavy emphasis on what we do in the run game. We are going to be capable of passing the football and passing it effectively. I think that we’ve improved in that area although it doesn’t always show up in the preseason.”

 

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