Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has his set his aspirations high for the 2015 season. The running back reported that he plans to rush for 2,500 yards this season so head coach Mike Zimmer’s plan to give him a “heavy” workload fits the bill perfectly.
“As much as he can take, and as much as he can handle in all the things that we’re doing,” Zimmer said, via USA Today’s Tom Pelissero. “Obviously, we’re going to have to spell him at times like you do a lot of guys. But we get down on the goal line, and we’re probably not pulling him out, you know? He’s our best player, and we’re going to continue to use him.”
This plan seems to override that of running backs coach Kirby Wilson who reported earlier that Peterson’s workload would be “a lot more balanced” in 2015.
With the way Peterson looks, we’re sure he is ready for any snap count the team sends his way this season. Additionally, a large workload would certainly inch Peterson, who has 10,190 career rushing yards, one step closer to his goal of dethroning Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith who holds a record-high 18,355 rushing yards.
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Realistically speaking though, Peterson is not likely to crack Smith’s record.
However, news of Peterson’s mega workload this season should excite any fantasy football players who plan to target the stud running back in their upcoming drafts.