If Adrian Peterson is just now "getting into the swing of things," as he said Wednesday, the remainder of the Vikings' opponents are in trouble.
Peterson rushed for 134 yards against the Lions Sunday. He seems to think that's a warm-up.
"I’m getting back into the swing of things and making the necessary adjustments," Peterson said. "Week Two, things worked out pretty good. That’s pretty much the idea going into this week, just correct the things you can correct. Just improve and make sure we go out and execute to the best of our ability."
He'll look to do that against a 1-1 Chargers team that has close ties to his offensive coordinator, Norv Turner, who held the same position in San Diego in 2001 before becoming head coach of the Chargers from 2007-2012.
Peterson says it's an "honor" to play under Turner.
"Just having such a great mind to learn from, to be coached by," Peterson said over the phone to San Diego reporters. "He's charismatic. Great personality, great player’s coach. I learn a lot from him. It’s been fun so far and I’m just looking forward to getting a full season under my belt."
Peterson said Turner -- often touted as an "offensive genius -- brings new wrinkles to the offense, which previously worked out of the I-formation (or single-back formation) but now sees more shotgun and pistol snaps.
"You don’t know what’s going to be called, you don’t know what’s going to come out, what kind of [formation] we're going to come out in," Peterson said. "It’s a learning experience and it’s different because I’ve never experienced that before. You have an offense that’s tailored around keeping the run game going but also all the athletes we have offensively, being able to put these different pieces in position to make plays. So really, being able to execute out of different formations and different sets is probably the biggest difference that I’ve experienced since being in the league. I’m enjoying it. When you’re successful and you’re winning,… I can’t complain."
After missing all but one game last season because of child abuse charges, Peterson said his legs and body feel fresher than ever.
"My body is just rejuvenated," he said. "Anytime you can miss 250-plus hits, especially playing the running back position, that’s a plus. I can definitely feel it. The body is feeling good now. It’s recovering faster."
Many eyes will be on Peterson Sunday, but Peterson's eyes will be on rookie Melvin Gordon, who looked up to the veteran as a teenager.
"Adrian Peterson was who I wanted to be before I got in the NFL," Gordon said Wednesday. "He’s my favorite running back. I just like the way he plays ... He just plays with passion and is aggressive and physical out there."
Peterson said he sees himself in the young back.
"It feels good to be an inspiration for younger guys, younger backs that come into the league," Peterson said. "That’s the standard that I want to set and leave behind when I’m done playing the game. To know that young guys look up to me and my running style and how I play the game, it makes me feel good. Like I’m serving my purpose the right way.
"I like what I’ve seen of [Gordon]. He had an incredible 20-yard run last week. That was amazing. It’s kind of funny, we were just talking about it yesterday, me and a couple of the other backs. He’s got nice feet, real nice feet. He’s physical, quick in between the tackles. I think that’s maybe why I like him so much. Reminds me how I would run the ball. He runs the ball downhill, north and south. That’s what I came in I'm like. I'm looking forward to meeting him this week as well. Hopefully he doesn’t do too much against us."
**Ladarius Green was limited in practice Wednesday after experiencing concussion-like symptoms Tuesday, head coach Mike McCoy said. Green will go through concussion protocol. It is his second concussion since Week One of the regular season and his third in less than a year.
**Right guard D.J. Fluker was working with a trainer today during the portion of practice open to the media. Fluker was doing agility drills, running, pushing a sled and churning his legs. It is not certain how close he is to actually playing.
**Center Chris Watt did not practice (groin). Also not practicing: S Jahleel Addae, WR/KR Jacoby Jones, RG Johnnie Troutman and OLB Tourek Williams.