Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) talks with Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) following the game at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Eagles 48-30. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

National Media Figure Thinks Adrian Peterson Is Only 3rd Best RB in NFL


Adrian Peterson knows he’s still the best RB in the NFL, no matter what LeSean McCoy may believe. Most sane, rational observers I think are on-board with Peterson ranking himself above McCoy and every other running back in the league?

But what about the not-sane, not-rational observers out there? What about Pete Prisco?

In his top 100 NFL players rundown, released this weekend at CBSSports.com, Prisco places Adrian Peterson #19 – behind fellow running backs Jamaal Charles (#13) and LeSean McCoy (#9)

Prisco says of Peterson:

There was no way he was duplicating his 2013 numbers, especially with bad quarterback play, but he’s still a top-tier player.

From reading the blurbs on Charles and McCoy, Prisco seems to believe that Peterson should be ranked third because those other players bring more to the table as receivers. So it’s the old “Adrian Peterson is not a complete back” argument.

Well we’ll see how that argument holds up after Peterson has a chance to operate in Norv Turner’s system, which actually gives backs the chance to catch the ball.

Am I saying playing for Turner will turn Peterson into a great receiving back? No. All I’m saying is that, when Peterson has been given the chance to catch the ball out of the backfield, particularly in 2009 when he had Brett Favre hitting him on checkdown throws, he has shown that he can be a good receiver. Not a great receiver, but a good one.

Bill Musgrave didn’t have room for designed pass plays to his backs on his tiny card. Turner will make Peterson a bigger part of the passing game and that will give Adrian a chance to dispel the impression that he is far behind McCoy and Charles as a receiver. Peterson will get a chance to prove that he is more multi-dimensional than people think.

And by season’s end, old Prisco might be reshuffling his RB ranking.

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  • David Mallow

    LMAO….That’s all I can say to this… Peterson will go down as one OF the best EVER… Charles and McCoy will not… FACT.

  • Todd Robinson

    LeSean McCoy :If you continually have to remind people that your the best, your most likely not. Great players allow there performances to speak for themselves!
    You’ll never be the athlete Adrian is on the field, nor the gentleman off the field. Your efforts to embellish you stats with words, only proves your arrogance. Nothing more.

  • NorseGods72

    If the article, or criteria for the article was all purpose backs, I could see the argument. However, when you’re talking about RBs in this league, AP is at the top and far higher than the others. There isn’t a defender he can’t run over or at least knock back a yard or two. There isn’t a SINGLE defender he can’t juke out of their shoes. There isn’t a single defender that can stop him one on one. JMHO

  • NorseGods72

    Additionally, just like Mcoy and Charles aren’t known as between the tackle guys as much as AP is, is the same reason why AP isn’t known as a pass catcher. It’s about scheme and what the coaches think is the best for the player within the scheme. Mcoy isn’t the biggest strongest back and is much easier to contain between the tackles, as is Charles, so they swing those guys outside more often. Well give AP the chance to be in different positions to receive the ball and he will succeed, regardless of scheme. JMHO

  • Cool Jack

    All I can say is …I hope I’m not on the field trying to tackle him…(as do all NFL defenders say)……!