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Peterson Continues To Grow

Adrian Peterson has never, in his four seasons, seemed to shy away from criticism and use it as motivation to get even better. 

We have seen Peterson address concerns within his game in the past, including recently going from seven fumbles in 2009 to only one in 2010.  He takes pride in his game, wants to be the best ever, and actively takes steps to get better every year.

The most recent criticisms of Peterson center around his ability to be more dependable in the passing game, both in pass catching and pass blocking.

I recently predicted that Peterson has heard these criticisms and will make it his offseason goal to improve in these areas so that he can take advantage of Donovan McNabb’s tendency to dump passes off to his running backs.

Peterson might not have a choice but to improve in the passing game, because his role in that area is going to grow whether he is ready or not.

“The running back is definitely asked to do a lot more,” Peterson said recently. “I’m excited about it. [There are] different formations, different looks that a running back has outside of the box. I’m excited to get this installed in my mind, this playbook, and get out there on Sunday to showcase the new Vikings offense.”

Unless things change suddenly, Peterson is expected to be more involved in the downfield passing game, something that initially put him on the map during his first NFL game.

Peterson has also shown that he is growing off the field.

He recently became a father, admitted that he regretted using the “modern day slavery” statement that he did during the lockout, and has shown up to Mankato despite his contract status.

He will be called upon to lead this team, be the heart of the offense, and carry them on his shoulders in the 2011 season.

If he can be Superman this year, then maybe the Vikings aren’t in as bad of shape as many think.

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