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Adrian Peterson goes off on NFL officiating in social media rant

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The Seattle Seahawks were furious about a no-call late in their loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday night, and Adrian Peterson wants the NFL to be held accountable.

Peterson, who was inactive for Seattle’s 20-10 loss, unloaded on the NFL in a lengthy Instagram post on Wednesday. He said the league needs to make more plays reviewable and have officials huddle together to discuss calls more often. Peterson also claimed even his young sons recognized bad calls in Wednesday’s game.

Here’s the full post:

“These plays can be simply challengeable plays where you either win or lose and the show continues. Having these opportunities doesn’t take away from the game,” Peterson wrote. “Losing a timeout due to a failed challenge can be detrimental! However, not having that option takes away from the integrity of the game and helps dictate the outcome of games.”

Peterson said the Seahawks were “robbed” on “two critical plays” against the Rams. One, of course, was when Seattle went for it on 4th-and-6 late in the fourth quarter down 17-10. Linebacker Ernest Jones made contact with DeeJay Dallas while breaking up a pass, and the Seahawks felt Jones should have been flagged for pass interference. You can watch the play here.

We didn’t have a huge issue with the no-call. Russell Wilson threw up a prayer, and the contact from Jones seemed simultaneous with the ball arriving. Seattle shouldn’t have been bailed out in that situation, even if it did (allegedly) upset Peterson’s kids.

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Adrian Peterson gets big news from Seahawks

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Adrian Peterson may have been cut by the Tennessee Titans over a week ago, but that did not end his NFL season.

This week, the Seattle Seahawks added Peterson to their practice squad. Then a big announcement came on Saturday: the Seahawks are elevating Peterson to the active roster. That means we can expect to see Peterson play for Seattle on Sunday against the 49ers.

Seattle has several running backs banged up entering the Week 13 contest. Alex Collins (abdomen), Rashaad Penny (hamstring), and Travis Homer (calf) are all listed as questionable. There is speculation that Collins will not play in the game. He became the team’s lead back after Chris Carson’s injury.

Peterson, 36, rushed for 82 yards on 27 carries with the Titans. He scored one touchdown.

Seattle is enduring a rough season and enters the game with a 3-8 record.

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Adrian Peterson’s father upset that 1 notable team did not show interest in son

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It is not quite an Odell Beckham Sr., but Nelson Peterson is not happy about recent events that transpired with his son.

Nelson, the father of former MVP Adrian Peterson, told Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press this week that he was disappointed that the Minnesota Vikings failed to show interest in Adrian.

“That’s disappointing to me,” said Nelson. “He never heard anything from the Vikings, and you go in and bring in a guy Adrian beat out in Detroit.”

Nelson is referring to running back Kerryon Johnson, whom the Vikings just brought in for a workout. Johnson was teammates with Adrian on the Lions in 2020 and lost out the starting job to him.

Adrian was one of the greatest players in Vikings history but is now 36 years old. Minnesota also has a capable backup in Alexander Mattison whom they can turn to during Dalvin Cook’s absence. Thus, it makes sense for them to work out the 24-year-old Johnson over Adrian as they are not desperate for depth. The same cannot be said of the Tennessee Titans, who briefly signed then waived Adrian after the Derrick Henry injury. Nor can it be said for the Seattle Seahawks, the team that just signed Adrian. They have struggled to replace Chris Carson, who is out for the year, due to the ineffectiveness of Alex Collins and DeeJay Dallas.

After playing for the Vikings from 2007 to 2016, Adrian already experienced an emotional return to Minnesota as an opponent. But Nelson sounds upset that there was zero interest on the Vikings’ part in actually having Adrian return to their team.

H/T ProFootballTalk

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Adrian Peterson waived by Titans after 3 games

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Adrian Peterson’s 2021 comeback may be over.

Peterson was waived by the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday. The move comes three weeks after Peterson signed with the team.

The Titans added Peterson after Derrick Henry suffered a serious foot injury. The veteran running back rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries over three games. That’s just over three yards per carry, which is sub-optimal. His son was even questioning his running style.

Tennessee has given more of a role to D’Onta Foreman and also promoted Dontrell Hilliard to the active roster. Hilliard had 82 total yards in Week 11.

The Titans could still try to add Peterson to their practice squad if he clears waivers. The 36-year-old doesn’t appear to have much left to offer NFL teams.

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Adrian Peterson says son had great message for him after Titans debut

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NFL legend and future Pro Football Hall of Famer, Adrian Peterson, made his Tennessee Titans debut in Week 9 against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night.

The 36-year-old Peterson, who was signed by Tennessee in the aftermath of Derrick Henry’s injury, carried the ball 10 times for just 21 yards. However, the veteran did manage to plunge the ball over the goal line for his first touchdown of the 2021 season.

Still, the 2.1 yards per carry was not exactly a highlight for Peterson. And after the game, his family — including his 10-year-old son — let him know all about it.

“He was like, ‘Dad, why are you running so high?'” Peterson told reporters on Friday. “That’s the one thing I always preach to him and he was able to preach it to me. I was like, ‘You know what? You’re right.’ So that is one thing I took away from [my debut]. I ran extremely high.

“Another thing is I think on a couple plays I was too fast and didn’t let those guys up front work for me. So those are some of the takeaways I have from the game that I will improve on this week.”

Who can blame Peterson for being a little rusty? He had last played in an NFL game back on January 3 as a member of the Detroit Lions — a game in which he rushed for 63 yards and a score. So kudos to Peterson’s son for being brilliantly honest in a way that only kids can, and keeping his Dad on point. The scouting will undoubtedly pay dividends for Peterson and the Titans.

Adrian Peterson turned down popular TV show to focus on football

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Adrian Peterson had to patiently wait until the middle of the NFL season for a team to sign him, but he could have landed a different gig two months ago. That job would have required him to hone a new set of skills.

Peterson’s agent, Ron Slavin, told Ian Rapoport of NFL Media that a representative from “Dancing with the Stars” reached out to the veteran running back in early September. The producers would have given Peterson the option of leaving the show if he signed with an NFL team, but Peterson turned the offer down because he wanted to focus solely on football.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Peterson was offered $150,000 just to rehearse for “Dancing with the Stars.” He would have been paid up to $335,000 for the show itself. However, Peterson believed at the time that he had a chance to sign with the Baltimore Ravens due to their rash of running back injuries. They expressed interest at one point but chose not to sign the 36-year-old.

The patience paid off for Peterson. He signed with the Tennessee Titans earlier this week in the wake of Derrick Henry’s foot injury, which could be season-ending. Peterson should have an opportunity to play a huge role in one of the most productive rushing offenses in the NFL.

Adrian Peterson signs with Titans after Derrick Henry injury

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The Tennessee Titans have wasted no time bolstering their backfield in the week of Derrick Henry’s injury.

The Titans have signed former Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson, according to multiple reports. Peterson has officially signed with Tennessee’s practice squad but is expected to be elevated to the 53-man roster.

Peterson has been a free agent since the offseason. He tried to make his pitch to teams over the summer, but he could not find a job even with several injuries at the position.

Peterson was with the Detroit Lions last season and appeared in all 16 games. He rushed 156 times for 604 yards and seven touchdowns. His 3.9 yards per carry was down from the previous two seasons.

Henry left Sunday’s overtime win over the Indianapolis Colts in the first quarter and was spotted on the sideline with his right cleat off. He appeared to be testing his foot to see how much weight he could put on it. Titans fans had plenty of reason for optimism when the star running back returned to the game, but apparently the injury could be a lot more serious than it appeared.

Report: Titans to work out former Pro Bowler with Derrick Henry injured

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The Tennessee Titans were dealt a potentially massive blow on Sunday when Derrick Henry suffered a foot injury. The team is already exploring contingency plans.

Henry will reportedly undergo an MRI on Monday, but the fear is that he may have suffered a season-ending injury. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Titans will bring in Adrian Peterson for a workout this week.

Peterson has been a free agent since the offseason. He tried to make his pitch to teams over the summer, but he could not find a job even with several injuries at the position. The Titans are giving the 36-year-old an opportunity to show he can still contribute.

Peterson was with the Detroit Lions last season and appeared in all 16 games. He rushed 156 times for 604 yards and seven touchdowns. His 3.9 yards per carry was down from the previous two seasons.

Henry left Sunday’s overtime win over the Indianapolis Colts in the first quarter and was spotted on the sideline with his right cleat off. He appeared to be testing his foot to see how much weight he could put on it. Titans fans had plenty of reason for optimism when the star running back returned to the game, but apparently the injury could be a lot more serious than it appeared.

Photo: Derrick Henry, of the Tennessee Titans, runs against the New York Jets, Sunday, October 3, 2021. Nfl Week 4 Jets V Titans

Adrian Peterson makes his pitch to teams as he remains free agent

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Adrian Peterson is one of several veteran running backs who remain unsigned heading into training camp, and the future Hall of Famer is still working hard to sell his services to teams.

Peterson told Aaron Wilson of Sports Talk 790 recently that he is optimistic a team will give him a shot before the season. The 36-year-old said he is in great physical shape and feels “young.”

“The training is going well and I’m going to control the things that I can control right now, and, when that time comes, somebody will give me a call,” Peterson said. “That’s all I’m asking for. My body feels good. I came out healthy from last season. My body feels strong. I still feel young. I still feel good. I’m ready to play ball.”

Peterson said earlier this offseason that he wants to play for a championship-ready team at this point in his career. He told Wilson that remains the case.

“Yeah, I’ve been chasing (a Super Bowl ring) for a long time,” Peterson said. “It would be nice to finally get one.”

Other veteran running backs who remain free agents include LeSean McCoy, Todd Gurley, Le’Veon Bell and Frank Gore. It’s unclear where teams view Peterson in comparison with those other backs, but it’s not a good sign for the market that they all remain without work.

Peterson appeared in all 16 games for the Lions last season, including 10 as a starter. He rushed 156 times for 604 yards and seven touchdowns. His 3.9 yards per carry was down from the previous two seasons. He has expressed interest in playing for one specific team, but we don’t see that happening.

Adrian Peterson reveals what he is looking for in next team

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Adrian Peterson is hoping to play this upcoming season, but the veteran running back has yet to sign with a team. That could have more to do with his standards than the interest he has received on the free agent market.

Peterson confirmed in an interview with SiriusXM Radio on Tuesday that he still intends to play in 2021. He said he won’t just sign with any team, however, as he wants to play for a contender with a good quarterback and solid defense.

“I’m looking to play for a team that’s built to go and chase a championship,” Peterson said. “That’s my ultimate goal. I feel like I can really help to contribute in accomplishing that.”

Peterson turned 36 recently, so he has already defied odds by continuing to play. He appeared in all 16 games for the Lions last season, including 10 as a starter. He rushed 156 times for 604 yards and seven touchdowns. His 3.9 yards per carry was down from the previous two seasons.

Peterson has interest in joining one specific team, but we don’t see that happening. He also recently revealed how much free agent interest he is receiving. Assuming his contract demands are reasonable, Peterson should find a home at some point this offseason.