NFL's 'highest-paid decoy' wants the ball more
Adrian Peterson served as the NFL’s “highest-paid decoy” on Sunday, according to the father of the Minnesota Vikings running back.
Nelson Peterson told Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that his son is frustrated with the way he has been used in the second half of games this season. The Vikings have three come-from-ahead losses, blowing double-digit halftime leads vs. the Chargers, Buccaneers and most recently the Lions after Minnesota was ahead 20-0 on Sunday at the Metrodome.
Peterson got only five carries in the second half on Sunday after rushing for 73 yards on 12 carries in the first half. Toby Gerhart failed on a fourth-and-one run in the fourth quarter that was a critical moment in the game.
“I see the agony on his face,” Nelson Peterson said. “He was frustrated that they weren't going to him. He wanted to help them win the game. Five carries in the second half? That's 2-1/2 carries per quarter. He thought that, with a 20-0 lead, he was ready to lead them to a victory. He's being a good sport about it, but he's upset.”
Peterson received a $100 million contract extension the day before the Vikings’ first game. Now, he wants to earn the pay day carrying the rock. Something needs to be examined with how the offense is playing with leads. Should the Vikings be committed to running the ball more?
“What do you think?” he. "Probably. I don't know. We'll see this weekend (at Kansas City)."
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