- Adrian Peterson
Adrian Peterson is running like a man possessed at age 35. Adrian Peterson hasn’t been solid the past two seasons, he’s been above average.
“AP has 1,940 rushing yards in the last two seasons and 12 rushing touchdowns. AP recently stated that he feels like he has lots to prove”.
Now he’s in an improved Washington offense with Guice out of the building. If the offense can be more balanced from an improved passing game, this will only help AP break more tackles with fewer defenders in the box.
All in all, don’t ever sleep on Adrian Peterson. At this point in camp, we’ve seen teams cut loose stout running backs over a couple million, so we know the 35-year-old running back has 2020 for a year of prominent standing.
After all, a couple missed seasons from injuries in his career, may have helped him sneak out playmaking beyond age 30.
*Update- AP has been released from Washington. There’s still promise for him as he was picked up quickly in Detroit. He will be fighting for touches in a Detroit Lions offense featuring D’Andre Swift and Kerryon Johnson. Peterson will have his chance to get plenty of goal line, third and short, and first-down carries.
- Sony Michel
It appeared that Damien Harris was going to be a sleeper in the Patriots offense unit this season.
“Sony Michel was injured and Harris was in his place. Michel has returned back to practice and now Harris is battling the injury bug, after missing the last two practices”.
Michel is looking fit and he’s forming out a nice QB-RB combo with his new partner, Cam Newton. Michel is entering a make it or break it year for the Patriots expectations, and he should turn in a career year.
Forget about James White, Michel is the bell cow for this offense and he should be heavily leaned on. Tom Brady may have not been elite last year, but Josh McDaniels had their unit passing the ball, a lot.
Tom Brady was fourth in the league in passing attempts. Fourth in the league. The Patriots will run the ball more with Michel and the read-option game from Newton will only help Michel. Things will be opened up more for Michel in the open field, to say the least.
Expect an improved season from the former first-round pick.
- Frank Gore
Frank Gore might play until he’s 40 years old. This running back might be subpar, but running strong for age 37, but now he’s in his best situation in 10 years. Gore had almost 1,000 yards in 2017, now he’s in another great situation to finally top that.
“It’s reported that the workload is 60/40 between him and Le’Veon Bell. That tells a lot about Gore’s unique ability if he’s taking 40% of the reps away from an elite starter in Bell”.
Not only that, but Gase also plans to use Bell a lot more as a slot receiver this year. This Jets rushing attack will be behind a vastly improved offensive line, in a division with a weaker Patriots defense twice a year.
Gore is set up well for 800+ rushing yards and 6+ rushing touchdowns, where he could get goal-line carries.
- Jerick Mckinnon
McKinnon is alive and well. This former speedster is finally healthy and in the best rushing attack made for him.
“It’s reported that his knee looks just as strong and he’s anticipated to get lots of touches with Mostert in Kyle Shanahan’s perfectly designed offense”.
A fresh, blistering fast running back, in that offense spells trouble. This RB might be the most talented all-purpose back, so he should see reps on 3rd down and 1st down.
The scariest part is that the 49ers offensive line has gotten stronger with the addition of Trent Williams. This offense will have lots of plays lined up in unique ways, for “Jet”.
- Lesean McCoy
McCoy is the young buck among Adrian Peterson and Frank Gore. Thankfully, McCoy has a little more versatility and juice for Tom Brady’s aerial attack.
It was noted by Buc Wire that McCoy looked good in camp thus far. In an offense where Brady will be picking apart defenses with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Rob Gronkowski, a fresh McCoy could exploit great match-ups. Mccoy has been injured at times in the past couple of seasons, but he has a thousand-yard season not too far in the mirror (2017).
“As previously noted, Brady was fourth in the league in passing attempts last season, he should be leaning on his former Pro Bowl RB when defenses are on their heels”.
When teams get antsy and bring the blitz, a McCoy screen will spell trouble as usual.