Redskins running back Adrian Peterson believes his performance so far this year is proof he still has a lot left in the tank, despite many who questioned whether he would be able to make it through all 16 games this season.
“If you watch football, if you know anything about football, then you know that he’s still got a lot left,” Peterson said of himself, per ESPN. “If you can’t see that, you’re blind.”
Peterson, who turns 34 in March, has rushed for 1,042 yards and seven touchdowns on 247 carries through 15 games, but there was speculation when he signed with the Redskins in August as to whether the running back would have the same level of production he’s had in years past.
Peterson will have played in all 16 games this season, only the second time he’s done that since 2012, when the Redskins face the Eagles on Sunday.
“It means a lot,” Peterson said of playing all 16 games. “I’ve had some unfortunate injuries last year and the year before. Fluke injuries. But it felt good that God blessed me with great health this season. I battled through some things, which we all do as players, but ultimately I got a full season under my belt. So that’s fulfilling.”
The Redskins (7-8) won’t make the playoffs, but coach Jay Gruden praised all that Peterson has accomplished this season.
“I’m not surprised by it,” Gruden said. “It doesn’t happen very often for a back of his age, to do what he’s done, to accomplish what he accomplished — getting over 1,000 yards and playing through some painful injuries. Just been very impressed with Adrian’s total package.
“He’s a blessing in disguise. Obviously, we missed Derrius [Guice]. We had high hopes for him. … We needed a back and it’s not very often you get to sign a Hall of Fame-type back to your roster. He’s everything as advertised.”