Adrian Peterson wants to break Jim Brown’s rushing mark in Arizona
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson hopes his first rush against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday will go for 37 yards.
Doing so would volt his career rushing yards ahead of Marshall Faulk (12,279) and Jim Brown (12,312) to put Peterson in the top-10 of all-time running back yardage.
“God willing, on my first run, I can go ahead and break it,” he said on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Thursday.
Going from an unsigned running back to the announced Week One starter over a span of about two weeks, Peterson said he has more to play for.
“Thirty-seven yards away from passing Jim Brown, the guy that I looked up to, the guy that has inspired me and always gave me good words and positive words and different views to look at things.”
The opportunity to break it at State Farm Stadium adds to the moment. Peterson played six games for the Cardinals last season and regards it as a “first-class organization.”
“It was a great time,” he said. “The Bidwills, they showed me so much love, and gave me an opportunity and just treated me — a first-class organization.”
There’s a regret of Peterson’s during his time in Arizona, though: His golf game wasn’t up to par.
“I miss kicking it with my boy Larry (Fitzgerald) down there,” he said. “I’m mad that he never, he kept leaving me, and avoiding me, he and Patrick Pete, when they would go get their golf games in, they told me I wasn’t on that level.”
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Washington provides Peterson the chance to be the starting running back behind a strong offensive line led by six-time Pro Bowler Trent Williams.
Pro Football Focus ranked it as the No. 12 line in the NFL entering the season.
The Cardinals line, ranked No. 27 by PFF, was ravaged by injuries last season, running out 14 different combinations, according to Pro Football Focus. Peterson was up-and-down behind it; he twice rushed for more than 130 yards with Arizona, but failed to eclipse 30 yards three times.
Peterson thinks the Redskins line is best he’s had since he was behind the Vikings offensive front that helped him break the 2,000-yard mark.
“I’ve learned that I can be a little more patient because they have guys that are going to do their job up front,” he said. “So that’s something that I’ve been adjusting to, just being more patient on particular runs.”
The NFL will gets its first look at Peterson’s new chapter on Sunday at State Farm Field.
Though his time in Arizona was limited, Peterson thinks he was able to make an impact on his former teammates.
“I’m excited to get back there and to go up against those guys that I practiced against last year and I helped make better, I feel like,” he said.