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Peterson says he offered QB advice to GM Spielman

By Matthew Coller

When Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater went down for the year with a knee injury, running back Adrian Peterson sent general manager Rick Spielman a text message with his thoughts on the team’s next signal caller.

“Initially when it happened I sent a little text out to Rick,” Peterson said Thursday. “I’m always trying to be in the mix and give my opinion on guys I think he should bring in. And he told me, ‘we’re going to do what’s best for the team, so that’s the last thing you have to worry about….’ I left it at that and he proved to be telling the truth.”

Peterson said that Sam Bradford, who the Vikings acquired for a first-round pick and conditional 2018 pick, was not on anyone’s radar because he was a starter for another team.

“I was excited,” Peterson said. “I was actually down in Houston at NRG Stadium on the field doing some interviews when I got the news and I was like, ‘wow I didn’t see that coming.’ I know we were sitting here, the guys, talking about some of the guys that they could possibly bring in and his name never came up because we knew he was down in Philadelphia.”

The Vikings’ star running back never hit the field at the same time as Bradford when the two were at Oklahoma because the quarterback was redshirted his freshman year, but Peterson was impressed by what he saw in practice.

“He was kind of quiet, he didn’t say too much,” Peterson said. “He still looks young now but he looked like a little kid then. I remember watching and seeing him throw in practice, I knew he was going to be good. I wish they could have put him out there my last year.”

With the Vikings planning to either start backup Shaun Hill or Bradford on short notice, Peterson will probably be the No. 1 target of the Tennessee Titans’ defense. That’s nothing new for a running back who has had, well, a lot of different quarterbacks during his time in Minnesota.

“Any time I go into a season or a game I want to be that guy that is a difference maker, that won’t change,” he said.

Peterson elected not to play during the preseason (it’s surprising more star players don’t do the same), but he told the media scrum he is in better shape heading into Week 1 than he was last year when coming off his injury.

Speaking of which, the 31-year-old running back said he spent time preparing Bridgewater for what’s next as the young quarterback prepares for surgery.

“It was a tough process,” Peterson said. “I’ve talked to him several times about what to expect and how to view things when you’re going through this situation and recovering. I told him, mentally having your mind set on things that you want to accomplish and continue to push yourself and believe in yourself. You’ll have down days and there will be times you don’t want to do anything and you have to get up and do something.”

The post Peterson says he offered QB advice to GM Spielman appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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