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Saints RB Adrian Peterson believes he still has a lot left in the tank

Joseph Nocco



METAIRIE, LA - JUNE 13: New Orleans Saints running back Adrian Peterson (28) enjoys a laugh with running back Mark Ingram II (22) during minicamp workouts on June 13, 2017, at New Orleans Saints Training Facility in Metairie, LA. (Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire)
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Former Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been forced to transform into current New Orleans Saints running back Adrian Peterson. However, despite previously finding himself without a job in the latter stages of the early part of the offseason, the former All-Pro rusher still believes he has a ton left in the tank.

“Yeah, it was different,” Peterson said, via The MMQB’s Albert Breer. “But I knew coming off the meniscus tear [in September that ended his 2016 season], it could happen. If I came out and led the league in rushing, I’d have been off the market. That wasn’t the situation I was in.

“I got down at times. But I always stayed up too. I was able to allow myself to get down, and I felt bad when I needed to. I’d snap right out of it, I knew when I had to tighten up. That’s all it was.”

Spending his entire 10-year NFL career in Minnesota prior to this offseason, the now 32-year-old running back has continued to encounter serious injuries as of late, which presumably hindered his stock on the open market.

“Outside sources that doubt because of age?” Peterson added. “I led the league when I was 30, and it was the same thing then. He’s going downhill. I played with a mediocre offensive line and still led the league at 30. I just look at things different. If I started buying into what everyone was saying, I probably would’ve retired three or four years ago.”

Earlier in the week, “A.P.” even went as far as to say that he is not yet competing against fellow Saints running back Mark Ingram as the team’s starter in the backfield.

“I really think it’s too early to say all that but, right now we’re competing to push each other and to get better. It’s different. I’ve been that guy for 10 years. I came into this situation with open arms. Everything was laid out to me as well, and I made a decision to be a part of it. So I’m looking forward to seeing how things work out.”

Joe Nocco is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, born and raised in the New York area. Previously a contributor to SB Nation, Football.com and his own website titled Joe Nocco Sports, among others, Nocco has experience covering a variety of sports having specialized in content surrounding the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB. You can follow Nocco at @JoeNoccoFRS on Twitter.