In reality, he knows better. Peterson hasn’t played in the preseason since he hurt his knee at the end of the 2011 season, and before that he played only sparingly.
Head coach Mike Zimmer said Peterson “probably” won’t play Friday, but also indicated Peterson would likely be the only healthy holdout.
“I’ll be pretty tuned in, just to see those guys play. I love the game,” Peterson said. “I’m the ultimate competitor so I’m going to be in-tune, coaching and cheering those guys.
“It will be exciting to see the young guys out there getting some live situations.”
But with a new offense being installed under coordinator Norv Turner, there could be some value to having Peterson see some action this preseason, even if it isn’t in the opener.
“With the new offense, I might want to get a couple plays in, but that’s something I’ll sit down with Zimmer and we’ll discuss,” he said.
“I’m sure there are a lot of offensive plays and schemes they haven’t put in, but I feel like we have enough to last a lifetime right now.”
TUESDAY P.M. NOTES
Zimmer continues to say that Robinson is getting close to returning to practice, and Blanton’s prognosis has improved.
“Blanton needs to get back out here. He was doing good early and now he’s got to get back out and show what he can do,” Zimmer said. “And (Jamarca) Sanford was hurt at the beginning, so it’s all about them. They’ve got to prove to me out here what they’re going to do.”
Blanton and Robinson are both listed as starters on the depth chart released Tuesday, despite missing significant time in training camp.
“(The signing) has kind of been planned all along, really, to be honest with you,” Zimmer said. “I thought it would be good for him to be around some of the younger guys. We’ve got a pretty young secondary, pretty young defense. He knows the system pretty well. I thought him being in that defensive backs room would help the communication and get these guys to understand exactly what I’m looking for. He’s been with me for a while.”
Crocker was getting work with the first-team defense Monday and Tuesday, but Zimmer said it’s too early to tell if he has a shot to start alongside Harrison Smith.
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