VikingBuzz BLOG: 9/23

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Peterson keeps it real in spite of his growing legend

Rookie running back Adrian Peterson is quickly becoming the face of the franchise in a pattern of being an ever-growing legend that goes all the way back to his high school days in Palestine, Texas.

A rural railroad town of 17,598 people about 110 miles southeast of Dallas has been put on the map by Peterson, who now lives in Eden Prairie with his brother Derrick Peterson.

Since signing his first pro contract with the Vikings, he’s taken care of his family, settled into his own place in the Twin Cities, but still remains the same person he’s always been, according to his brother.

The sky is the limit as a pro player.  Fullback Tony Richardson, who’s worked with some awfully good running backs in his career, considers him an “incredible talent.”

Opposing defenders have also already taken notice of the bright future he has ahead of him.

Raiders release ex-Viking Taylor

It would appear that the career of former Vikings wide receiver Travis Taylor might be nearing the end after being released by the Oakland Raiders.

Taylor was the leading pass-catcher among a weak wide receiving corps for the Vikings last season with 57 receptions for 651 yards (11.4 avg.) and three touchdowns.

With the Raiders this season, he was inactive for the Week 1 loss to the Lions and played but did not catch a pass in the Week 2 loss to the Broncos.  As a vested veteran, Taylor’s 2007 salary became guaranteed when he was on the opening day roster, so he’ll receive a full season’s salary from the Raiders still.

Taylor was originally a first-round pick (No. 10 overall) by the Baltimore Ravens in 2000.  He has never lived up to those expectations but could still be a dependable No. 3 or No. 4 possession-type receiver for a good team.

Other stories:

>Holcomb wants Minnesota to be his last stop
>Scouting is a year-round job
>Ready for the run
>Waiver loss of Thigpen still stings
>On T-Jack and other Viking QBs
>Q&A with Hutch
>Ex-Viking OL coach Loney hits ground running
>Former Viking Palmer’s son in legal trouble  

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