Last year, Adrian Peterson‘s little fumbling problem became a big fumbling problem – especially in the NFC Title Game.
To help keep that fumbling problem from rearing its ugly head again in 2010, the Vikings have gone to a novel approach: having Peterson practice while toting a 14-pound sand-filled football.
As Peterson himself explained to NFL Network, perhaps optimistically, “If you can secure a 14-pound football, you probably can hold onto the ball when defenders are pulling and tugging at it.”
Well, it sounds good anyway. Then again, so did that stuff the Vikings did to help Troy Williamson after they determined he had a weak right eye. You know, shooting 1,000 balls a day at him with a Jugs machine?
Yeah…that didn’t help.
But, since Adrian’s problem is much more mental than physical, maybe this new heavy ball technique will do some good, by getting him to think differently about what he’s doing, and giving him more confidence.
Be the 14-pound sand-filled ball, AD. Be the 14-pound sand-filled ball.