Peterson Primed for More Carries

Even though he's No. 3 on the depth chart, Adrian Peterson has the talent to be the featured ball carrier for several NFL teams. However, with the Bears he's stuck behind two former top ten draft picks.

Peterson led all Bears running backs with a 5.1-yard average per carry last season, picking up 391 yards on 76 carries. He also averaged 6.9 yards per reception, better than both Thomas Jones and Cedric Benson.

Running backs coach Tim Spencer said Peterson could be a starter in the NFL.

"He can do anything that our position requires him to do and do it well while also playing on special teams," Spencer said. "He's a jack of all trades, and master of all. That would be A.P."

On the Rebound
Former Bears linebacker Warrick Holdman was a little surprised that the Redskins wanted to re-sign him this spring.

"I felt like I could do it last year; I just wasn't doing it," said Holdman, who made just 38 tackles despite starting seven of his 14 games after signing as a free agent in 2005. "That could be attributed to (his poor) conditioning, not knowing the defense. Whatever it was, I didn't get the job done."

Even though Holdman hardly resembled the linebacker who was approaching Pro Bowl level for Chicago before injuring his left knee in 2002, the Redskins have penciled him in on the weak side. Second-round draft choice Rocky McIntosh is the only credible alternative now that pass rushing specialist Chris Clemons has been switched to the strong side behind Marcus Washington.

"Warrick has the edge," assistant head coach/defense Gregg Williams said during the Redskins' mandatory mini-camp in June. "His suddenness without pads on is excellent."

Despite the lack of experienced competition, the 30-year-old Holdman is far from secure about his starting status.

"I'm in better shape and I know the defense a little better so I feel more comfortable, but I can't go in saying it's my job to lose," said the 233-pound Holdman, who's about 10 pounds lighter than he was last season. "I have to bust my butt every day. Rocky's younger and faster. He was in high school when I was in the NFL."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Thomas is a smart individual. We know that Thomas is going to be in shape. Thomas came in here for the mini-camp, and he didn't miss a beat. There are some things we might need to tweak, but I'd venture to say that he'll be in shape and he'll be ready to go and he won't miss a beat." -- Bears running backs coach Tim Spencer, downplaying the effect of Thomas Jones' absence from most off-season activities.

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