A month ago, we had an NFL.com writer calling Adrian Peterson the "lead dog" in the Washington backfield. Now, Kareem Copeland of the Washington Post seems to agree. Copeland wrote this week that RBs coach Randy Jordan expects a 60-40 work split between Peterson and Derrius Guice "one way or the other." He then added that Peterson "likely will be named the starter." Perhaps that's just speculation based on Peterson's solid performance last year. But it all at least indicates a lack of certainty on the roles in Washington. A healthy Guice leads in upside here, though, and his ADP has fallen to the bottom of RB3 territory. Taking shots on either or both RBs here makes sense for fantasy football drafts. We'll keep watching the situation through camp and the preseason.
NFL.com's Kevin Patra writes that RB Adrian Peterson is "set to be lead dog" in Washington's backfield this season. Peterson averaged a decent 4.2 yards per carry on 251 attempts last year and ranked 11th among 47 qualifying RBs in Pro Football Focus' Elusive Rating. There's evidently still gas left in the 34-year-old's tank. But RB Derrius Guice -- if recovered from his torn ACL -- would seem to bring more upside at this point. The Redskins' backfield will be worth monitoring closely when training camp gets going. Guice is currently going in the 6th round of fantasy drafts; Peterson in the 11th.
RB Adrian Peterson is re-signing with the Redskins on a 2-year deal. The future Hall-of-Famer exceeded expectations (as usual) last year, pumping out his 8th 1,000-yard campaign on a decent 4.2 yards per carry. Ideally for Washington, Peterson will be a lightly used backup behind Derrius Guice in 2019.
Update: Peterson's deal is for $8 million, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. We're curious to see more details on the contract, but this initial reports makes it look like the 'Skins envision a significant role for AP. Perhaps there's concern about Guice's rehab from last year's torn ACL, which has required multiple surgeries.
Redskins RB Adrian Peterson (ankle, shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Cowboys. He played through these injuries last week, carrying 17 times. Expect a similar workload today. Redskins RB Chris Thompson (rib, knee), meanwhile, is inactive. That leaves Kapri Bibbs as Washington’s #2 RB.
Redskins RB Adrian Peterson (ankle, shoulder) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Cowboys. He played through these injuries last Sunday and got in 2 limited practices this week. Peterson is fully expected to play vs. Dallas and can be penciled into fantasy lineups.
As expected, Redskins RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) is active for today’s game against the Panthers and Chris Thompson (ribs) is inactive. Kapri Bibbs will step in as Washington’s #2 RB, but Peterson should handle as many touches as he can handle.
Redskins RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) is expected to play against the Panthers today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. With RB Chris Thompson and Jamison Crowder likely to be sidelined, Peterson should play a big ball-carrying role and an expanded passing-game role. He's a nice RB2 for Week 6.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Washington RB Chris Thompson is expected to miss today's game against the Panthers. He's officially questionable because of rib and knee injuries. Washington also reportedly expects to be without WR Jamison Crowder (ankle). Factor in injuries for Paul Richardson and Josh Doctson, and the target ceiling for TE Jordan Reed -- in a positive matchup for TE scoring -- only rises higher. Adrian Peterson could see a bit more backfield receiving work with Thompson out. And Kapri Bibbs figures to be in the picture as well.
Redskins RBs Adrian Peterson (ankle) and Chris Thompson (ribs) are listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Panthers. It sounds like both guys will play, but we'll find out for sure by noon ET on Sunday. RB Kapri Bibbs is next in line if 1 or both of these guys can't go.
NBC Sports Washington's Rich Tandler reports that Redskins RB Adrian Peterson's shoulder injury is "not likely" to keep him out of this weekend's game against the Panthers. An MRI revealed a strain with "no other significant damage" to the shoulder. We'll keep an eye on AP's practice participation this week, but it sounds like he'll be safe to use in fantasy lineups.
Washington RB Adrian Peterson separated his right shoulder late in the 1st half of Monday night's loss at New Orleans, according to Cox Sports. The team announced afterward that he'll have an MRI on the joint Tuesday. We'll see about the diagnosis heading into a decent home matchup with Carolina in Week 6. If Peterson sits, Kapri Bibbs would likely fill his role. Bibbs scored a 4th-quarter, short-yardage TD against the Saints.
Redskins RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) isn't listed on the final injury report after putting in a full practice on Saturday. That ankle isn't a concern, but Peterson looks like a risky RB2 play this week as a big road underdog against a surprisingly solid Saints run defense.
Redskins RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) returned to practice on Thursday. That puts him on track to play against the Saints on Monday night. Peterson will be a risk/reward RB2 for that one. New Orleans has been surprisingly stout vs. the run, and game flow could work against AP.
Redskins RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) wasn't on the field for Wednesday's workout, according to ESPN's John Keim. It's an unofficial practice with Washington not playing until Monday night, but it's not a good start to Peterson's week. We'll see if he can get back out there tomorrow.
Redskins RB Adrian Peterson has a sprained right ankle, HC Jay Gruden said Monday. Washington has a well-timed Week 4 bye, and Gruden expects Peterson to be ready to face the Saints the following weekend. The 33-year-old has already racked up 56 carries -- 3rd most league-wide.
Redskins RB Adrian Peterson will start Sunday's opener against the Cardinals, ESPN's John Keim reports. It's unclear how many carries RB Rob Kelley will get, and RB Chris Thompson will dominate passing-down work. Peterson sits 30th in our Week 1 non-PPR RB Rankings and 37th in PPR.
Redskins RB Samaje Perine returned for Thursday night's preseason finale after spraining his ankle in the 2nd exhibition. He rotated in with RB Rob Kelley and finished with 7 carries for 30 yards. (Kelley carried 11 times for 49 yards.) Perine figures to open the season 4th on Washington's depth chart behind Kelley, Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson. There's a chance he steps into a significant role at some point this year, but he's not worth a roster spot right now.
Washington HC Jay Gruden seemed happy with his 1st look at recently signed RB Adrian Peterson in game action Friday night. “I saw a big guy running pretty hard really,” Gruden told reporters afterward. “He ... had a couple good bounces, and, you know, the thing I like about some of his runs is they look like they’re like gains of ones [yard] and he’d fall forward for a gain of three. The first run of the day I thought it was a three-yard gain and he ends up second and three. I was impressed with Adrian and the way he ran.” Peterson carried 11 times for 56 yards, while Rob Kelley played just 3 snaps with the starters (and totaled 8 carries for 19 yards). That doesn't necessarily indicate a new depth chart. It certainly made sense to give Peterson more run to test out the new guy over an incumbent in his 3rd year with Gruden. Samaje Perine is also expected to return to action in the coming week. We'll see how this situation gets sorted out. In the meantime, we're not drafting any of Washington's 3 big backs until well into the double-digit rounds.
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