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Redskins’ Adrian Peterson Ready for Lead Back Workload

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When it comes to handling the workload associated with being a lead back, Adrian Peterson is ready to take it on this season for the Washington Redskins, even at age 33.

When coaches ask him how many carries he wants, Peterson responds accordingly.

“I’m like, how many times do you want? You want 30? You want 15? You want 40? Whatever it takes” Peterson says, according to ESPN’s John Keim. “I’m excited, man. It’s a new journey for me. It’s the first time in a long time that I’ve had a group of guys in front of me that are good at blocking. I’m very excited about that. I’ve been looking forward to that for two to three years.”

The numbers work against Peterson, suggesting he is more primed for a decline than a major year.

“There are special athletes out there that defy the numbers,” Redskins running backs coach Randy Jordan said. “I’m hoping he’s one of them.”

“He is very competitive,” Jordan said of Peterson’s approach. “You don’t get to where he is in terms of his career if you don’t have something different about you. He’s kind of a perfectionist. He’s anal about a lot of different things, his routine. He’s never satisfied. He always feels he can do better, which is why he is who he is and why he’s been able to play as long as he has.”

“We know his history. He still has some speed; he still has power,” Jordan said. “He’s going to wear guys down to a certain degree. … The first thing that goes for a running back is his vision. From the plays he ran against Denver, I was like, this guy still has pretty good vision. I don’t go in looking at numbers; I try to get a feel for the game and how he’s running and how everything’s being blocked and go from there.”

“He’s very detail-oriented. He wants to know why are we running this concept and what is the design of this play,” Jordan said. “He’s not just trying to memorize plays; he wants to know the reasoning and the schematics behind it.”

“He wants to get his reps and he’s not about sharing reps with guys,” Jordan said. “But the biggest thing for him is where he is in his career. He’s hungry to prove something. A lot of times when that happens, when you get an athlete like that and he gets backed into a corner and people question his age, whatever it may be, that’s all they need.”

Peterson knows that there are doubters, probably far more than there are believers, but he is using the doubts as motivation to prove them wrong.

“I’d be lying to say it doesn’t, but I feel like anyone doing anything, you always have some doubters,” Peterson said, “that people give up on you and it motivates you to keep pressing forward. That’s been part of my motivation.”

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Redskins Release Mason Foster

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The Washington Redskins have released veteran linebacker Mason Foster, according to ESPN’s John Keim.

The decision to cut Foster is odd, as he led the team in tackles last season and the Redskins lost Reuben Foster due to a torn ACL during spring workouts.

However, Washington did sign veteran linebacker Jon Bostic.

Foster’s agent, Blake Baratz, ripped the organization for the timing of the decision.

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Cowboys Release Allen Hurns

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The Dallas Cowboys have released veteran wide receiver Allen Hurns, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Dallas apparently asked Hurns to take a pay cut this offseason, so it’s likely that their request and this release are related.

Hurns hauled in 20 passes for 295 yardss and 2 touchdowns last season, which was a far cry from expectations when the Cowboys inked him to a two-year, $12 million contract.

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Bengals, Tyler Boyd Agree to Contract Extension

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The Cincinnati Bengals and wide receiver Tyler Boyd have agreed to a four-year, $43 million contract extension, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Boyd’s new deal will keep him in Cincinnati through the 2023 season, and he now becomes one of the league’s top-paid slot receivers.

Boyd hauled in 76 receptions for 1,028 yards and 7 touchdowns for the Bengals last season.

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