Adrian Peterson, who tore his ACL last December, has remained very optimistic throughout his recovery and is insisting he’ll be fine for week 1, a recovery that would not be unprecedented since Wes Welker did it in less time. However, the Vikings’ coaching staff is not so certain. Head Coach Leslie Frazier says that backup Toby Gerhart has a “very good chance” to carry the load early on.
As much as Peterson wants to be out there week 1, it would probably be in the Vikings’ best interest to wait a bit on him. They probably won’t contend this year anyway and they don’t want to rush Peterson back. In Welker’s first season back from his ACL tear, he had his worst season as a Patriot. Besides, Gerhart is no slouch himself.
He is a former 2nd round pick who rushed for 413 yards and a touchdown on 85 carries in his last 6 games last year. He has legitimate fantasy upside because it sounds like Adrian Peterson could easily start the season on the PUP. As for Peterson, he’ll be overdrafted. Even if he’s out there week 1, he won’t be his normal self and could lose carries to Gerhart anyway.