Adrian Peterson Almost Became A Raven This Week

Sports and Bets — October 15, 2017 at 1:10 pm by


The Adrian Peterson in New Orleans experiment clearly didn’t work out, as Peterson was held to just 81 yards on 27 carries this year, for a 3.0 yards per attempt average, and we all know about the sideline blow up he had with coach Sean Payton. After only four games, Peterson was quickly shipped him off to Arizona. But according to Ian Rappaport, the Ravens were almost the ones to land Peterson.



Although the Ravens running back situation could use some help, I’m glad this didn’t work out. Imagine a future hall of famer being in the same backfield as two fifth round draft picks, one (Alex Collins) in only his second year as a pro, and clearly the latter two would be the better players at this point in their careers, and deserve more carries. If Peterson didn’t like his work load in New Orleans, imagine how he’d feel getting fewer touches than Buck Allen and Alex Collins. And in the possible scenario where the Ravens could have decided to make Peterson the starting running back, in my mind this would have been subtraction by addition. Collins is averaging 7.1 yards per carry. Again, Peterson is averaging 3.0.

A guy like Adrian Peterson isn’t a guy you can add to your team for depth, and he proved that with the Saints. He wants to start, and he wants carries. In an already struggling offense, the last thing the Ravens need is an ineffective running back who wants the ball more than he deserves.

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