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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.”

Detroit Lions

Lions Release Glover Quin

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The Detroit Lions have released veteran safety Glover Quin, according to an official team announcement.

In related moves, the Lions cut wide receiver Bruce Ellington and linebacker Nicholas Grigsby from the roster.

“We thank Glover for his countless contributions to the Detroit Lions during his six seasons with our team,” Lions general manager Bob Quinn said, via an official team statement.

“Since joining the organization in 2013, Glover exemplified everything it means to be a true professional in this league — as both a competitor on the field and a leading voice in the community. Coach [Matt] Patricia and I have the utmost respect for him as a man and player, and we wish him nothing but the very best in the future.”

Quin, 33, started all 16 games last season for Detroit racking up 74 total tackles and 1 sack for the Lions.

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Falcons Not Tending Brian Poole

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The Atlanta Falcons have informed veteran cornerback Brian Poole that they will not be tendering him as a restricted free agent, according to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio.

Poole has played as the primary nickel back for the past three seasons in Atlanta and is coming off a career year in 2018 in which he set a number of career highs in tackles, sacks, and interceptions.

According to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure, the door is still open for Poole to return to the Falcons but he would have to agree to a lesser deal than the RFA tender.

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Broncos Parting Ways with Brandon Marshall

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The Denver Broncos will not be picking up the option on linebacker Brandon Marshall which will make him a free agent next month, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Marshall, 29, missed most of the 2018 season due to injuries, finishing with 42 tackles in 11 games played.

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