With just under 13:00 remaining in the third quarter of Sunday’s Week 6 game, Washington Redskins quarterback Case Keenum could be heard yelling out, “kill, kill” as the Miami Dolphins defense came set ahead of a second-and-short.
Keenum had audibled out of a called run to the right side in favor of a pass play, but veteran running back Adrian Peterson was having none of it. His football instincts felt something different from Keenum’s, so he called out to the quarterback to audible back.
“Reload, reload,” Keenum could be heard saying.
At the snap, Keenum handed the ball off to Peterson, who darted toward the right side of the line where he was immediately met by several defenders. However, in Hall of Fame fashion, Peterson scratched and clawed his way to the first down.
After the game, Peterson was asked specifically about that play, but dismissed the situation as little more than a miscommunication, indicating that the coaches called for the original play to run from the sideline and he was just making sure Keenum was on the same page.
That’s one way to avoid tossing your quarterback under the bus…
The Washington Redskins are watching their season spiral out of control, and Adrian Peterson has no problem calling attention to the fact that many of their wounds have been self-inflicted.
After his team’s embarrassing 33-7 home loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday, Peterson was asked for his thoughts on facing one of the best defenses in football. He basically said Bill Belichick dumbed things down against Washington and was just content to let the Redskins “mess up.”
It’s hard to interpret that as anything other than a shot at his own teammates and — to a greater extent — coaching staff. Washington head coach Jay Gruden made a somewhat controversial decision to start Colt McCoy over Case Keenum and rookie Dwayne Haskins, and it did not work out. McCoy completed just 18-of-27 passes for 119 yards and an interception. The Redskins had more success rushing the ball with 145 yards, but Peterson had just 18 of those yards on seven carries.
We can probably assume that Peterson isn’t the biggest fan of Gruden after some of the things the coach said about him at the start of the season, and any negative feelings are bound to become magnified with the Redskins now 0-5.
Adrian Peterson will take on a bigger role with the Washington Redskins now that Derrius Guice has been placed on injured reserve, but head coach Jay Gruden may still be reluctant to feed the 34-year-old the ball.
Peterson drew the start for Washington against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, but FOX’s Pam Oliver shared some interesting information during a sideline report in the first half. She said Gruden does not think Peterson’s running style is a good fit for the team’s offense.
“Jay Gruden is still not in favor of Peterson’s strength, which is a North-South running style,” Oliver reported. “He feels like it limits the offense and gives the defense way too many opportunities.”
Peterson filled in admirably when Guice missed his entire rookie season with a torn ACL last year. The veteran rushed for 1,042 yards on 251 carries and scored seven touchdowns. That led to the Redskins signing him to a new two-year deal during the offseason, but a report at the start of the season said Gruden wanted to cut Peterson but was overruled. Gruden seemingly confirmed that when he said he does not envision much of a role for AP unless the Redskins went into a game planning to run the ball 50 times, though that was before Guice suffered a torn meniscus.
Peterson was heavily involved early against the Cowboys on Sunday. He carried the ball eight times for 23 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for seven yards. Even if he’s not Gruden’s favorite player, we should see plenty of him as long as Guice is on the shelf.
Derrius Guice’s knee injury means Adrian Peterson is getting a new lease on life for the Washington Redskins.
Coach Jay Gruden announced Wednesday that Peterson will be the starter Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, a week after being left inactive during the regular season opener.
It wasn’t long ago that Gruden essentially said Peterson has no role on the team. That changed quickly when Guice went down. One wonders whether this will placate veterans who were angry about Gruden’s treatment of Peterson, or if the damage has already been done there.
Peterson played in all 16 games last season, running for 1,042 yards. The 34-year-old can still play, but he got a high volume of carries to put up those numbers.
Adrian Peterson was not on the active roster for the Washington Redskins on Sunday after Jay Gruden made him a healthy scratch, and the decision did not sit well with Peterson or some of his veteran teammates. One of them, offensive tackle Morgan Moses, pulled no punches when discussing the situation on Monday morning.
In an interview with “The Sports Junkies” on 106.7 The Fan, Moses said it was a “slap in the face” that Peterson was inactive.
“Any time you’ve got a Hall of Fame guy that doesn’t dress, man, it’s a slap in the face. And obviously, we’ve gotta figure out what the reason is,” Moses said. “And it’s my job as one of the older guys on the offensive line to speak up and say, ‘Hey, we need him.’ Obviously, you don’t put a Hall of Fame guy like that on the sideline — when he’s healthy, as well.”
Moses said he had not yet spoken with Gruden about the decision but would discuss it with the coaching staff before Week 2. He obviously feels strongly about it, and he added that he would be “very surprised” if Peterson did not play in the second game.
“I think (Peterson) brings a lot to the game. I think he brings a lot to our team. But to have that guy just standing on the sideline is just, it doesn’t sit well to guys on the team or the NFL,” Moses said. “So I think this is something we need to correct, man, because he is a helluva football player.”
The situation has the potential to turn ugly, as Gruden made it clear after Sunday’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles that he does not have much use for Peterson. He once again praised 2018 second-round pick Derrius Guice and said Peterson will probably only have a role if the Redskins think they can run the ball 55 or more times going into a game.
It seems obvious that the report about Gruden wanting to cut Peterson in the preseason but being overruled was accurate. However, the coach needs to be careful about creating a divide in the locker room. It seems he has already done that.
Don’t expect Adrian Peterson to have much of a role on the Washington Redskins this season based on what Jay Gruden said on Sunday.
Peterson was a healthy scratch for the team’s Week 1 game against the Philadelphia Eagles despite leading the team in rushing last season. Derrius Guice, Chris Thompson, and Wendell Smallwood were active at the running back position. They combined to have a mere 13 carries for 28 yards. Smallwood did not have any touches but was active because he plays on special teams.
Asked about Peterson’s role on the team, Gruden offered a harsh quote.
“If we have a game where we think we can run the ball 55 times in a game in I-Formation then sure I’ll get him up,” Gruden said.
The full quote shows Gruden prefers to give the chances to Guice, a second-round pick last year who tore his ACL in he preseason.
The quote seems to confirm a report during the week that said Gruden wanted to cut Peterson but was overruled. It’s clear he has little use for the 34-year-old.
A report on Sunday said that Washington’s decision upset many of the team’s veterans who felt Peterson deserved to be active based on what he did last season and in the preseason.
Peterson can’t be happy about this remark.
Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden made the controversial decision to keep Adrian Peterson off the active roster for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, and the move reportedly did not sit well with some of the team’s veterans.
Several players in Washington’s locker room were unhappy that Peterson was a healthy scratch, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.
“They understand it’s about special teams and it’s no disrespect toward (Derrius) Guice, but they’re saying, ‘How could you do that to a guy who bailed us out last year and ran for 1,000 yards?'” Garafolo reported. “It’s definitely not sitting well with them and definitely not sitting well with Peterson.”
Gruden has made it clear that Derrius Guice, whom the Redskins drafted in the second round last year before a torn ACL cost him his rookie season, will be the No. 1 back and the focal point of the team’s offense. The coach reportedly wanted to cut Peterson prior to Week 1 but was overruled, but you have to wonder how much longer the two can coexist if Gruden doesn’t plan to use Peterson at all.
Peterson, who is 34 but ran for over 1,000 yards and scored seven touchdowns last season, expected to play a significant role when he signed a two-year deal with Washington this offseason. If you remember, he had an animated disagreement with Sean Payton when he was with the New Orleans Saints two years ago. Many speculated that was about playing time, though Peterson denied it.
The Washington Redskins signed Adrian Peterson to a two-year deal after his surprisingly productive season in 2018, but the veteran running back may not be happy with the role the team wants him to play.
For Week 1 at least, the Redskins don’t want Peterson to play any role at all. They are planning to make him inactive against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, according to Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.
Washington head coach Jay Gruden has said for weeks that 2018 second-round pick Derrius Guice, who missed his rookie season last year with a torn ACL, will be the team’s starting running back and the focal point of the offense. Gruden also would not commit to Peterson being active in Week 1, and there have been reports that he wanted to cut the 34-year-old in the preseason but was overruled.
Peterson proved he can still be productive even at age 34 by rushing for over 1,000 yards and scoring seven touchdowns last season, but he’s clearly not Gruden’s guy. We can’t imagine he will be happy being a healthy inactive every week, so it could be a matter of time before he forces his way out of Washington.
Adrian Peterson signed a two-year deal with the Washington Redskins this offseason after his surprisingly productive 2018 season, but it remains to be seen if he will play a significant role in the team’s offense this year.
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden confirmed on Thursday that Derrius Guice is going to start at tailback against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1. However, he did not say whether it will be two or three additional backs on the active roster, and he didn’t rule out Peterson being a healthy scratch.
Guice was Washington’s second-round pick last year, so you can understand why they want to give him the first shot to lock down the starting job after he missed his entire rookie season with a torn ACL. That said, there have been rumblings that Gruden is not getting along with Peterson and even wanted to cut him after the last preseason game.
Peterson proved he can still be productive even at age 34 by rushing for over 1,000 yards and scoring seven touchdowns last season, but he’s clearly not Gruden’s guy. It will be interesting to see how the situation plays out, especially if Peterson is inactive to open the year.
The Washington Redskins signed Adrian Peterson to a new two-year contract following his surprisingly productive season in 2018, but apparently the veteran running back would not still be with the team if Jay Gruden got his way.
Jason Bishop of 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C., reports that he was told by a “well-placed source” that Gruden did not want to keep Peterson on Washington’s roster heading into Week 1. Peterson proved he can still be productive even at age 34 by rushing for over 1,000 yards and scoring seven touchdowns last season, but Gruden is said to be tired of AP not wanting to be a backup.
“AP likes to get in Jay’s ear if he’s not playing. And Jay doesn’t want to deal with it,” Bishop said. “And that’s a well-placed source that told us that. And so there was a fight… apparently, there was some sort of a disagreement on Saturday over (at Redskins) Park about it.”
Gruden made it clear on Monday that second-year running back Derrius Guice will be Washington’s starter, which makes sense if the former LSU star is healthy. The Redskins used a second-round pick on Guice last year before he tore his ACL in the preseason.
“The offense, carries-wise, will pretty much go through him,” Gruden told reporters on Monday.
If you remember, Peterson had an animated disagreement with Sean Payton when he was with the New Orleans Saints two years ago. There was speculation that Peterson was complaining about playing time, but he later insisted he was just urging Payton to run the ball more.