Adrian Peterson finished his first week of practice back with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday afternoon, and after three days of organized team activities with Peterson on the field, it seems as though the former league MVP hasn’t missed a step, Ben Goessling of ESPN.com reports.
Peterson returned to his familiar spot with the Vikings’ first-team offense Thursday afternoon in Minnesota’s first practice open to the media since Peterson returned to the team Tuesday. The running back made some decisive cuts, catching a swing pass from Teddy Bridgewater, and left teammates impressed by how fit he was after an 8½-month absence from the team.
“I haven’t been around him a year, or six months. I didn’t know he’d come back in this type of shape,” cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said. “The guy is in unbelievable shape, like he hadn’t missed a step, and he’s out to prove a point.”
The 30-year-old running back hasn’t spoken to reporters since a news conference Tuesday, and he was not available to the media after Thursday’s practice. But offensive coordinator Norv Turner said Peterson retained a large section of the Vikings’ offense after his time away from the team and has been eager to learn the new concepts the Vikings are adding to their offense.
“I’ve been around a lot of these guys a lot of years, and he’s one of the top guys I’ve been around,” Turner said. “He just comes out and looks like he hasn’t missed a day. It was nice having him.”