Adrian Peterson could add some depth to the Eagles running back group
Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson was released on Friday by the Washington Football Team, and though there hasn’t been a ton of conversation on the subject, much of the NFL world is curious about where the 35-year-old might go next. Could the Philadelphia Eagles be an option?
The Eagles have not had a real veteran workhorse running back who could pound for yards since LeGarrette Blount left the team. No, Darren Sproles doesn’t count. Peterson wouldn’t be asked to start at this point in his career, but he could be beneficial in that he could help spell Miles Sanders and Boston Scott to keep them healthy. The team does have Corey Clement, who is ready to prove that he’s back to his old form, but the injury bug has bitten him a couple of times as of late.
Think of the leadership that Peterson could provide to that group and what he could teach those young running backs. How great would that be to have a rushing attack that’s healthy enough and lethal enough to provide headaches for opposing defenses all season? Also, a consistent rushing attack could take the pressure off of Carson Wentz.
Here are a few other things to consider if you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan.
One might look at Peterson’s age as an issue. That’s understandable. He just turned 35 years old, which is ancient for a running back. History has shown that he can stay healthy as he’s played in 31 games with Washington over the past two seasons. Pederson had nearly 2,000 yards and averaged 4.2 yards a carry in his two years in D.C. which isn’t bad at all for an old man.
He also seemed to get stronger towards the end of the season. Peterson could be the closer that could help Philly salt games away if they’re leading late. He also has some history versus the Eagles. In six career games versus Philly, which includes one postseason clash, he’s carried the ball 91 times for 435 yards, and he’s reached the end zone five times.
No ‘Birds’ fan will ever forget seeing him take one 90 yards to ‘the house’ at Lincoln Financial Field on Monday Night Football. Instead of burning the Eagles, he could be an ally, if that’s something Philly is interested in trying. Will the Eagles consider signing him or, at least, giving him a workout? The seven-time Pro Bowler and four-time First-team All-Pro could pay dividends.
What do you think? Do you agree or disagree? Drop us a line. The debate table is open.