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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

More Peterson praise

The kudos keep coming for Vikings rookie RB Adrian Peterson, who still leads the league in rushing.

Marshall Faulk, the 2000 NFL Most Valuable Player who is now an analyst for NFL Network, talked about Peterson and San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson.

“Adrian is very strong,” Faulk said in a release issued by the NFL. “He’s a very powerful runner. ‘LT’ is more of an all-purpose back. There is nothing that he feels uncomfortable with. He is so versatile and has the ability to run the ball inside and outside. His vision is great as well. “Both of them have the capability to take it the distance every time they touch the ball, so obviously their speed is definitely a strength," Faulk said. "Like all great backs, they have that great sense of awareness on the field, knowing where everyone is and having the ability to make guys miss. They also have great vision and great anticipation of what’s supposed to happen on the play and what does happen on the play. And throughout the game, they don’t wear down. These two guys have the ability to get stronger and faster during the game and things start to slow down more for them.” Bears head coach Lovie Smith witnessed Peterson’s 224-yard performance against his team earlier this month, and he had this to say about the young back:

“He’s from Texas, so I’ve known about him since he was growing up,” Smith said in the NFL release. “He could be one of those all-timers.”


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