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Adrian Peterson expected on hand Tuesday as Vikings begin OTAs

By Andrew Krammer

MINNEAPOLIS — Mike Zimmer won’t have to hear the question.

The seas are much calmer compared to this time last year, when Adrian Peterson was unhappy with his contract situation in Minnesota and hadn’t shown up when the rest of his teammates began Organized Team Activities. When asked multiple times about Peterson’s absence, Zimmer stated firmly that he could play for the Vikings or no one. Peterson showed up the next week, agreed to a restructured contract the following month and would become just the third 30-something rushing champion in league history.

Peterson, 31, doesn’t plan to miss anymore voluntary workout time and is expected at team facilities on Tuesday, the start of this year’s OTAs. These practices begin ‘phase three’ of the NFL offseason, introducing full team drills between veterans and rookies while continuing to limit contact.

The Vikings have enjoyed nearly full attendance at OTAs under Zimmer and that could be achievable this week with Peterson on hand.

He’ll be a focal point of offseason practices after Peterson vowed to be a “better player than I was overall this season. Peterson’s continued dominance running the football was held back at times, including by his seven fumbles and seldom use on third downs.

“Just being more versatile,” Peterson said in January. “You look at the young guys, Jerick [McKinnon], he comes in a lot on third down and he presents a different piece to our offense, running routes and things like that. I envision myself doing things like that at a different level so that’s what I mean by being more involved and being more diverse when it comes to the offense we have.”

The post Adrian Peterson expected on hand Tuesday as Vikings begin OTAs appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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