Peterson Rookie of the Year?

How high are expectations for Adrian Peterson this season? A recent poll shows that he is the preseason favorite for offensive rookie of the year, despite being told that he'll be part of a platoon to start the season.

From the minute the Vikings drafted Adrian Peterson, questions have been raised as to the role of incumbent Chester Taylor in the Vikings backfield. Could they have a role like Deuce McAllister and Reggie Bush? That's been the anticipation. But that is predicated on Peterson being worked in slowly. That may not happen if Peterson explodes early.

While a lot of us at VU have a hard time believing that Peterson will be used sparingly at first, The Sporting News sounded off in its most recent edition with a prediction of its own that might have Taylor more worried than concerned.

The issue, which does polling of their subscribers as well as their staff, posed questions that pertained to multiple sports. Among them was "who will be the NFL offensive rookie of the year?"

Their answer? Peterson.

According to their polling, 50 percent of their staff and 40 percent of their readers voted A.P. as their rookie of the year. Calvin Johnson took a distant second in both polls with 28 percent.

If that is going to happen, Peterson can't be a part-time player. If he shows the burst and big-play ability that made him a killer for the Sooners, Taylor's time as starter may be short and even co-starter might not be that long either.

Sorry Chester. The fans have spoken and they want to see Peterson get his chance to be something special -– even if it comes at Taylor's expense.

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