The Las Vegas Raiders are in good shape at the running back position, or are they? NFL executives believe the Silver and Black could be a landing spot for veteran Adrian Peterson.
In a move that surprised some fans, the Washington Football Team moved on from the veteran running back yesterday. Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero originally reported the release via Twitter.
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The 35-year-old Peterson had a productive 2019 though it’s a far cry from his All-Pro seasons. He totaled 898 rushing yards on 211 attempts and scored five touchdowns while averaging 4.3 yards per rush. Pro Football Focus gave him a 67.6 overall grade in 2019, his rushing grade on its own stood at 69.7. Obviously, we need to look at Peterson’s numbers in context, he’s past his prime but he could be invaluable as a backup for any team, including the Raiders.
Could Peterson to the Raiders Happen?
The Raiders, as it stands, have a crowded running back stable, but anything can happen when Jon Gruden’s involved. Jalen Richard, Lynn Bowden Jr., Theo Riddick, and Devontae Booker are currently behind star running back Josh Jacobs on the depth chart. Bowden’s a rookie who’s still learning the ropes, and Richard has proven to be more of an asset in the passing game. Peterson could be an enticing addition to take some pressure off of Jacobs as he wouldn’t have a full-time load. Is a union between Gruden’s offense and Peterson viable?
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler was on SportsCenter and shared some of his insight on Peterson’s potential options.
“I’m told three teams called Peterson’s reps (on Friday) to at least inquire about where he’s at,” Fowler said. “Peterson wants to get to work right away. Multiple league execs believe the Las Vegas Raiders could be a sizable option for him because they have Josh Jacobs in the running back spot and he could back him up. Peterson could play some power football for Jon Gruden.”
Many people are tired of Raider Nation clamoring for every free agent when they become available. In this instance though, Peterson could be a beneficial addition for the Raiders and their running game.
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