Biggs: Speedy Peterson needs to get a grip
Lead foot Adrian Peterson has a security problem just as big as his speeding problem.
Peterson fumbled twice in Sunday’s victory over the Chicago Bears, giving him six for the season, five of which have been lost. He was stripped twice by Hunter Hillenmeyer. That gives him 19 fumbles and 12 lost in less than three seasons.
“If I continue to fumble the ball, especially now in this stretch, I’m sure I’ll be sitting on the sideline and that’s something I definitely don’t want to do,’’ Peterson said. “So take care of the ball.”
The Vikings have one of the better No. 2 backs in the league in Chester Taylor, but Peterson would probably have to develop a serious case of fumblitis to lose his gig.
It comes down to protecting the ball with both hands, and maybe, just maybe, going down in on occasion instead of fighting for that extra yard when one tackler is holding him and the other is trying to rip the ball out. That’s what happened vs. the Bears.
“It’s not easy,” Peterson said. “Obviously, you know how I play the game. But it’s something I’ll take into consideration because I know when I’m in a crowd I know our opposing team, I’m sure defensive coordinators tell those guys, ‘Hey, we’ve got him up, forget tackling him, he’s not going anywhere, rip for the ball, rip for the ball.’ I’m just going to start being more aware of putting two hands on the ball and going down at times.”
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