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Adrian Peterson ready for his next move with Redskins

Tue Aug 21 9:04pm ET
By BENJAMIN STANDIG
Associated Press

Players: Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson, Kapri Bibbs, Rob Kelley, Byron Marshall, Samaje Perine, Derrius Guice

Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson runs with the ball during an NFL football team practice, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)


Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson runs a route during an NFL football team practice, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)


Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson carries the ball during an NFL football team practice, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)


Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson runs with the ball during an NFL football team practice, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)


Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson, left, takes the handoff from quarterback Alex Smith, right, during an NFL football team practice, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)


Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson runs with the ball during an NFL football team practice, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)


Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson holds the ball during an NFL football team practice, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)


WASHINGTON (AP) Adrian Peterson believes he still has something left.

The 33-year-old running back had his first practice with the Redskins on Tuesday, a day after signing a one-year deal with Washington.

''I can give a lot. I really believe that,'' Peterson said following his first practice. ''I feel like the sky is the limit.''

Injuries and opportunity limited Peterson to 13 games over the past two seasons. He averaged 3.4 yards per carry in 10 games last season with the Saints and Cardinals.

Peterson remained on the sideline throughout the offseason waiting for the next opportunity, a scenario he admitted was ''rough.''

His workouts continued. Peterson was in his native Oklahoma when his agent said the Redskins wanted a look. The three-time NFL rushing champion was ready.

''I know what I have left in the tank,'' Peterson said.

Despite his career achievements, Peterson didn't big-time the workout opportunity. He volunteered to join other free-agent options in various drills.

''He's actually a physical freak,'' Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. ''Some of the backs we had in here were huffing and puffing, keeling over. He was standing straight up. He could have gone for another two hours.''

The Redskins decided they couldn't go forward with their limited options at running back for the final two preseason games and possibly their Week 1 opener at Arizona on Sept. 9.

Washington, 28th in yards rushing last season, addressed the concern by selecting running back Derrius Guice in the second round of the draft. The LSU product's rookie year ended with a season-ending knee injury in the first preseason game against New England.

The Redskins lost Samaje Perine and Byron Marshall for an extended period of time as both suffered ankle injuries in Thursday's preseason win over the New York Jets.

After waiving undrafted free agent Martez Carter with an injury designation, the Redskins had only three healthy running backs available. One of them, Chris Thompson, has yet to play in the preseason following last season's broken fibula.

Robert Kelley, a 2016 undrafted free agent who emerged as Washington's No. 1 running back during his rookie year and started 2017 on top of the depth chart, remains in the starting mix. Kapri Bibbs offers some depth. Adding Peterson and De'Veon Smith provides more.

What happens going forward remains unsettled.

''We haven't really gotten into detail, but obviously they brought me in here for a reason. I'm just going to play my role, whatever it is,'' said Peterson, whose is three years removed from rushing for 1,485 yards with the Vikings. He finished with 529 yards last season.

Last season's numbers provided data for doubters who believe Peterson's difference-making days are done.

''It shows me people don't really know about football,'' Peterson said of the naysayers. ''When people say, (3.4) yards per carry, there's a lot that contributes to that as well. I just brush it off and continue to work.''

That work began Tuesday with the Redskins.

''It's his first practice. He did a great job today,'' said Gruden, who stated he hoped to get Peterson some work in Friday's preseason game against Denver.

''You've got a Redskins jersey on. You're here to compete and make the squad. It's no different with (Adrian). We'll just see how he does day after day.''

Player Notes
Leonard Fournette Aug 21 11:01pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette could see more action on third down this year, according to head coach Doug Marrone. The Jaguars used Fournette on third down plays with the first team offense in Saturday's preseason game against the Vikings and Marrone said the second-year back seems to be doing a good job in the situations. If Fournette can be a true three-down back for Jacksonville this year, he could see his value in PPR formats vault into the top five by the end of the season.

Theo Riddick Aug 21 10:53pm ET

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Tuesday, Aug. 21.

Josh Gordon Aug 21 10:43pm ET

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon should be on the practice field very soon, according to head coach Hue Jackson.

Antonio Callaway Aug 21 10:33pm ET

Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Callaway (groin) worked on the side during practice Tuesday, Aug. 21, and may not be able to play in the third preseason game.

Ryan Fitzpatrick Aug 21 10:20pm ET

Buccaneers left tackle Donovan Smith (knee) will miss the next two-to-four weeks with a sprained knee. Smith looked like he had suffered a much more serious injury in practice but was luckily diagnosed with just a sprain. This is good news for Tampa, but bad news for Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Bucs' line will look to be pretty ugly come Week 1 of the regular season if Smith is still out.

From RotoBaller

Adrian Peterson Aug 21 10:13pm ET

Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson's one-year deal is worth $1.015 million, according to a source.

Jay Ajayi Aug 21 10:03pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles RB Jay Ajayi (undisclosed) has been missing practice because of a lower body injury, according to head coach Doug Pederson.

Eric Reid Aug 21 9:23pm ET

Free-agent FS Eric Reid (49ers) could be an option for the San Francisco 49ers if he is willing to accept a backup role and a salary close to league minimum, but head coach Kyle Shanahan said he does not believe Reid would be willing to accept that type of role.

C.J. Beathard Aug 21 9:23pm ET

San Francisco 49ers QB C.J. Beathard (foot) did not participate in practice Tuesday, Aug. 21, because of a foot injury, but head coach Kyle Shanahan said the hope is that Beathard will practice Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Junior Galette Aug 21 9:13pm ET

Free-agent LB Junior Galette (Redskins) will not sign with the Los Angeles Rams, according to head coach Sean McVay. McVay said Galette underwent a physical during his visit but is not sure if Galette worked out for the team.

Tony Lippett Aug 21 9:03pm ET

Miami Dolphins CB Tony Lippett (ankle) participated in practice Tuesday, Aug. 21.

Kenny Stills Aug 21 8:53pm ET

Miami Dolphins WR Kenny Stills (ankle, calf) participated in practice Tuesday, Aug. 21.

Kalen Ballage Aug 21 8:53pm ET

Miami Dolphins RB Kalen Ballage (concussion) is still going through the concussion protocol and did not participate in practice Tuesday, Aug. 21.

Aug 21 8:33pm ET

Free-agent LB Nick DeLuca (Titans) signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars Tuesday, Aug. 21. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also placed FS Don Carey (undisclosed) on the Reserve/Injured list.

Tevin Mitchel Aug 21 8:23pm ET

Detroit Lions CB Antwuan Davis was claimed off waivers by the Oakland Raiders Tuesday, Aug. 21. The team also waived/injured S Tevin Mitchel (undisclosed).

Datone Jones Aug 21 8:13pm ET

Dallas Cowboys DE Datone Jones (knee) is expected to miss a few weeks because of a knee injury, according to head coach Jason Garrett.

Cole Beasley Aug 21 7:53pm ET

Dallas Cowboys WR Cole Beasley (groin) returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 21.

Leighton Vander Esch Aug 21 7:33pm ET

Dallas Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch (groin) is not expected to practice this week as he nurses a groin injury.

J.D. McKissic Aug 21 7:23pm ET

Seattle Seahawks RB J.D. McKissic (foot) suffered a Jones' fracture in his foot and is expected to be out four to six weeks, according to a source.

Bradley McDougald Aug 21 7:13pm ET

Seattle Seahawks SS Bradley McDougald (pectoral) did not practice Tuesday, Aug. 21, with a pectoral strain, according to head coach Pete Carroll.