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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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Bills Sign Lee Smith

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The Buffalo Bills have signed veteran tight end Lee Smith to a three-year, $9 million deal, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

The signing marks a return for Smith as he played for the Bills from 2011 until 2014 before heading off to spent the last few seasons with the Oakland Raiders.

Smith is known for his blocking skills and is widely considered one of the league’s best blocking tight ends.

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Doug Baldwin Announces Retirement

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Seattle Seahawks veteran wide receiver Doug Baldwin, who has been a critical part of the team’s success over the past several years, has announced his retirement from the NFL.

Baldwin posted the following on Twitter:

Baldwin sent out a number of tweets eluding to the end of his career and although he never used the word “retirement”, it is clear that he is stepping away from football.

The Seahawks signed Baldwin as an undrafted free agent out of Stanford in 2011 and he became one of the greatest players in franchise history, helping the team win Super Bowl XLVIII, and helping them reach the Super Bowl the following year, where they suffered a devastating loss.

Baldwin, who has suffered a number of injuries, was released by the Seahawks last week.

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Dolphins Sign Mark Walton

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The Miami Dolphins have signed troubled running back Mark Walton, according to to ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe.

Walton, a fourth round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, was cut by the Cincinnati Bengals earlier this offseason after he was arrested for the third time in three months.

Walton has the talent, and may be a good pickup for the Dolphins, but he is likely facing a suspension from the league for the arrests.

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