Adrian Peterson doesn’t make sense for the Giants
The New York Giants have done all they can to prepare for star running back Saquon Barkley not being ready for their regular season opener against the Denver Broncos. They not only signed Devontae Booker in free agency and drafted Gary Brightwell in the 6th round of this year’s NFL Draft, but they also added veterans like Ryquell Armstead and Corey Clement.
Jack Browne of The Score has come out and predicted that Big Blue will also sign future Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson, who is now 36 years-old.
Peterson continues to fight back harder against Father Time than anyone in the NFL not named Tom Brady. After two solid seasons in Washington, the 36-year-old had 604 yards and seven touchdowns for the Lions in 2020. Peterson needs just 450 more to pass Barry Sanders for fourth on the all-time rushing list, so it’s a given he will try and play at least one more campaign.
However, finding a landing spot for him is hard. Peterson’s lack of receiving skills makes him an awkward fit as a No. 2, but he will almost certainly need to take on a backup role to an established starter, perhaps Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants or Austin Ekeler of the Chargers. But perhaps the Oklahoma product’s best chance of earning a ring and getting enough work to pass Sanders could be with the run-happy Seahawks.
Prediction: Signs with Giants
I would love to know Peterson’s secret to being able to play into his mid-30’s. What’s really impressive is that he did average 3.9 yards per carry last season for the Detroit Lions.
I just don’t know how much adding Peterson makes sense unless he’s willing to sit behind Barkley abd Booker. Or at least Booker if Barkley isn’t ready for week one.
The fact of the matter is that the Giants didn’t give Booker a two-year, $6 million deal to sit behind Barkley and Peterson. So signing him wouldn’t make sense.
Peterson did mention a few months ago that two teams are interested in him, but he’s still unsigned. We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but a team will likely sign him once a starter goes down with an injury.
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