Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Tuesday that he doesn’t plan to play Peterson again this preseason.
“I doubt it. Adrian and I have talked about it a little bit. I don’t really see the need,” Zimmer said. “We’re grabbing at the ball pretty good with him. We’re not tackling or anything. He’s doing a great job of the protections and the routes and all that, and obviously he runs really good. The only concern you have is that he might not have been hit enough, but our guys are grabbing at the ball a lot, punching at the ball when he’s running through there. And I talk to him about those things.”
Peterson said he doesn’t mind the approach and would leave the decision up to Zimmer.
“I pretty much feel comfortable. Got some good coaches surrounding me – Coach Kirb (Kirby Wilson) – he’s done a great job of teaching his room well,” Peterson said. “Of course, Coach (Norv) Turner is doing a great job out here. There’s a lot of periods where we’re just installing the plays. And then once you get into the season, everything is pretty much broke down into a certain amount of plays. With that, it’s easier to have your gameplan and know exactly what you’re doing.”
The Vikings are installing a new offense under Turner, but Peterson has been a participant in the Vikings’ full offseason program, going through organized team activities, minicamps and training camp.
“I think everything’s different,” Zimmer said. “Obviously there’s some runs that are the same, but there’s quite a few different runs from what he’s had in the past. But the timing of it, we’ve got plenty of work with that.”
In past years, Peterson has said he would lobby for playing time in the preseason, but that’s not the case this year as he learns to pace himself for the regular season.
“I try not to get too wired up, stay calm for the opener in St. Louis,” Peterson said. “But, yeah man, I’m ready to go each and every year for eight years. I’m ready to roll.”
TUESDAY P.M. NOTES
“Until I hear differently, I expect him to be here,” Zimmer said.
Simpson continued to work with the first team in three-receiver sets on Tuesday.
“I was trying to watch him quite a bit today and he looked like he was doing OK as far as being in the right place and moving around,” Zimmer said. “When I see the tape I’ll have a better idea, but he looked OK.”
“I honestly have not thought about it very much,” Zimmer said. “I felt like Mike Priefer is a good person and a good coach and a good guy. That’s just how I felt the entire time. Whatever happened legally with the courts and all the other stuff, I’m just a football coach.”
“Overall, the health of the team is pretty good for the most part,” Zimmer said.
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