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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.”

Arizona Cardinals

Three Takeaways from the Detroit Lions road victory against the Arizona Cardinals 17-3, somehow keeping their playoff hopes alive

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1. Zach Zenner showed up to play this week

Late in the game, Zach Zenner got a few series at running back and he made an immediate impact. He helped the Lions drive down the field and score their only offensive touchdown of the game. Not only did he do that, but he helped ice the game by getting first downs late in the 4th quarter. Zenner finished with 54 rushing yards on 12 carries and a touchdown. 

2. Jarrad Davis was all over the place on defense

Davis is really starting to get in his zone on defense. He was breaking up pass plays, stuffing the run, and even got himself a sack in this game. Davis finished with eight tackles, one sack, and pass deflection. Throughout his first two years in the league, Davis is improving week by week and it is a great sign of things to come at linebacker for the Lions.

3. The offense continues to struggle each week while the defense has improved each week

If it wasn’t for Zenner’s spark and Darius Slay’s interception for a touchdown, the rest of the Lions offense was only able to manage three points. While fans should understand that the offense will struggle due to injuries, etc. it shouldn’t be as bad as it is. Stafford only threw for 101 yards because every pass was short and everybody struggled to get open. As long as Marvin Jones and Kerryon Johnson are still on the sidelines, there is nothing really positive going for the Lions offense.

With this victory, the Lions still somehow have a chance to make the playoffs. While they will need lots of help from other teams, the possibility is still there. Now, this victory wasn’t against a very good Cardinals team, but the defense still looked really good and was a major factor in the Lions winning. With three games left in the season and two of those being divisional games, it will be very interesting to see where the 2018 season pans out for the Lions.

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Lions Shut Down Ziggy Ansah

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The Detroit Lions have shut down defensive end Ziggy Ansah, who has been placed on injured reserve, according to an official team announcement.

It is likely that the Lions will move on from Ansah this offseason. 

The Lions opted to apply the franchise tag to Ansah last offseason, paying him $17.1 million and were willing to negotiate a long term deal for the end.

Ansah suffered a number of injuries this season and only posted 4 sacks over 7 games.

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Bears’ Bryce Callahan Out with Broken Bone in Foot

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The Chicago Bears will be without cornerback Bryce Callahan who suffered a broken foot during Sunday’s victory over the Los Angeles Rams, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

Chicago is waiting to decide on if they will be placing Callahan on injured reserve until they know the full extent of his injury.

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