Broncos vs Redskins : The Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos are set to do battle on Friday night, as we’ll get to see both team’s starters to most of the first-half. Per usual in the preseason, we haven’t been able to get a good read on either squad because of the amount of time each team’s back-ups have seen on-field action; however, that will, thankfully, all change on Friday night in Landover, Maryland.
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As you may have heard the reports earlier in the week, Washington signed future Hall-of-Fame running back, Adrian Peterson, to a one-year deal. I’m not too sure how much the former Oklahoma superstar still has left in the tank, but it appears the Redskins are willing to find out first-hand.
If we do get to see Peterson suit up for the Redskins on Friday night, it will definitely be a game that will have the eyes of many people around the NFL. He’s been one of the more polarizing players of the last decade, and he’s doing everything he can to play a few more years. Needless to say, that’s going to get some national media attention.
Details for Friday’s game are below:
Date: Friday Aug. 24
Start Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Landover, MD
Stadium: FedEx Field
TV Info: Check Local Listings
Live Stream: NFL Game Pass, FuboTV
Regardless of whoever comes out on top Friday night, both teams want the same thing – make it to Week One of the regular season healthy. Unfortunately, Washington has already lost rookie running back, Derrius Guice, for the entire 2018 season; however, thanks to some quick-action by the team’s front-office, the Redskins may be just fine at running back for the next few months.
In an attempt to neutralize the loss of Derrius Guice, the Washington Redskins signed 33-year old running back Adrian Peterson on Monday. The team reported that Peterson agreed to a one-year deal for the veteran minimum of $1.015 million. He gives the team depth at a relatively unstable position on the roster. Peterson will presumably split carries with Chris Thompson, Robert Kelley and Samaje Perine, depending on how the final roster shapes out.
A seven-time Pro Bowler, Peterson is five years removed from the league-MVP he captured in 2012. Since then, he has suffered multiple knee injuries with the latest being a torn meniscus that limited him to three games in 2016. It was also his final season with the Minnesota Vikings after they decided not to exercise the final year of his contract. It’s been two long years since Peterson had the same production that made him one of the most feared running backs in the NFL.
In 2017, he began the year as a New Orleans Saint, but was traded to the Arizona Cardinals for a conditional sixth-round draft pick.
In only four games with the Saints, Peterson rushed the ball 27 times for 81 yards. The Cardinals, in desperate need of a replacement for an injured David Johnson, knew they could get Peterson at a cheap price given his inability to gain traction in New Orleans’ rotation.
Through six games in Arizona, he rushed for 448 yards and two touchdowns. However, he ended the season on injured reserve with an apparent neck injury. The team chose not to re-sign him with the expectation Johnson would be ready for the start of the 2018 regular season.
With all that taken into consideration what exactly are the Redskins getting in Peterson? He’s ancient in running back years as most see a severe decline in play once they hit 30. Now 33, can Peterson still be relied upon as a No. 1 running back? Probably not. However, his contract suggests he accepts that reality.
This late into training camp, Washington does not expect him to tote the rock 20 times per game. With injuries to Perine and Byron Marshall, what they really need is a reliable veteran to turn to in crunch time. Peterson will likely be a short-yardage back who can punch in drives on the goal line and convert short third downs. Anywhere from three to four yards per carry is a reasonable expectation.
The Redskins have three reliable running backs who all bring something different to the offense and only time will tell what Peterson adds to the mix.