|By Mark Craig, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The first 538 represent the league-high discrepancy between
The next 29 reasons represent Peterson's age. It's hard to put Peterson in a statistical box when he's already gone superhuman and run for 2,097 yards just one season after knee reconstruction. But raise your hand if you're comfortable with
And the final three reasons represent the streak of consecutive offseason surgeries that Peterson is riding. Knee, hernia, groin is not a favorable trifecta.
The person who hatched this crazy notion that the
"Not at all, man," Peterson said.
When Peterson joined the
No one in the league does that with more intensity, duration and attention to recovery and diet than Peterson. But that doesn't mean it isn't time for his team to make another meaningful investment at his position.
Since Peterson was selected seventh overall in 2007, the
In other words, ESPN draft guru
Peterson's greatness and unprecedented ability to rebound from major injuries reduced Gerhart to spectator throughout most of his rookie contract. Now, Peterson makes it sound like he's determined to do the same thing again should the
"I look on YouTube all the time," Peterson said. "I see guys 40, 50 years old running 48 [seconds] in the 400 [meters] and 4.3s in the 40 [yards]. It's all because they put the work in. As long as you have the mind-set to work and you have what you need to take care of the body, then you're able to extend your ability."
Nothing would make the
Of course, without Gerhart, the best way to accomplish all of this is to make another strong draft-day investment at running back.
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