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Childress doesn't want Peterson to get too big
Posted Apr. 09 at 02:32 AM
Adrian Peterson has said multiple times in the offseason that he plans to bulk up for the 2009. He played at 217 pounds last year; he'd like to move up to 225 or 230 in hopes of being better able to handle the pounding of carrying the ball over 20 times per week.
Not so fast, says Brad Childress. The Vikings coach is concerned that adding weight would rob Peterson or some of his speed and quickness.
"You know what, 230's awful big," Childress says in an article posted at TwinCites.com.. "Put a 10-pound sack of potatoes on your back and think about how that works for you. They're not required to weigh in right now, but I can tell you he doesn't look any different. Maybe even a little bit thinner right now than when he left (at the end of the season)."
"I'm thinking he's probably not going to get to 230, nor does he want to be at 230, and I would have no trouble telling him that."
I was looking into Peterson's explosiveness a little yesterday. He had more long runs as a rookie -- six touchdowns scored from 35-plus yards, versus only two of those scores last year. But his runs of 20-plus yards actually increased last year. He had 20 runs of 20-plus yards last year; as a rookie, he had 11 of those runs while finishing with only two thirds as many carries (he shared time more, and also missed some games).
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