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Adrian Peterson vows focus on patience and routes to become ‘more involved’

By Dane Mizutani

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Upon the conclusion of last season, Adrian Peterson vowed to be a more complete player heading into his 10th NFL season.

On Wednesday, Peterson said he’s made a concerted effort in the offseason to round out certain areas of his game.

Speaking to members of the media following the second day of Organized Team Activities (OTAs), Peterson said he’s worked to improve his route running as well as patience while running out of the shotgun, an area he admittedly wasn’t as comfortable in Norv Turner’s offense last season. Peterson ceded some reps to Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon in those circumstances.

“We have a young guy, Jerick, he’s a Pro Bowl athlete and he does a great job of providing that scat back for us when he’s out there,” Peterson said. “Just be more involved in that aspect.”

While he’s certainly one of the most-gifted pure runners in the NFL, some knocks have followed Peterson throughout his career. Struggles in pass protection and his effectiveness receiving have limited him as a third-down back.

Peterson said this offseason, aside from staying in peak physical condition, he focused a lot on “learning the route tree” and “being more agile” and “not as stiff” while running routes.

His brute strength, coupled with elite speed, still make him as dangerous as anyone running with the football. And even more dangerous when he gets into open space. Peterson led the league with 1,485 rushing yards last season on a league-high 327 carries.

Still, he has a continued wish to round out his game.

“You just get out and run routes,” Peterson added about how exactly he worked to improve his route running in the offseason. “You just go out and get 10 routes in each. Maybe it’s the flat. Maybe it’s an option route. You go through it and pinpoint being patient depending on what route and the concept that’s going to be called.”

Peterson also touched on his improvement in his play out of the shotgun.

“The biggest thing is me being more patient,” he said. “That’s something I was more conscious of last year and that’ll be an easier transition for me. Just being more patient. I feel like over the last couple days I’ve done a pretty good job at doing that. There’s still room to improve.”

Peterson said he felt himself get out a little too fast on a particular shotgun run on Wednesday. He anticipates the timing will improve as OTAs start to rev up. They’ll have a total of 10 OTAs before a mandatory minicamp on June 14 through June 16.

“On that play there was a little more penetration and that kind of sparked me to speed it up,” he said. “I still have to be a little more patient than I was.”

The post Adrian Peterson vows focus on patience and routes to become ‘more involved’ appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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