During the first couple of days of Minnesota Vikings’ Training Camp, there has been some good news and some bad news regarding the running back position.
The good news is that Jerick McKinnon has been getting a majority of the repetitions with the first team on offense. The bad news is that he’s getting those reps as a result of the regular #1 back not being completely healthy.
Adrian Peterson, the NFL’s reigning rushing champion, suffered a slight hamstring pull the week before camp got underway and has been working on the sideline with the team’s training staff rather than taking part in the team portions of practice during the first two days of practices.
Vikings’ head coach Mike Zimmer has said that the team is just being cautious with Peterson and that he would be out on the field relatively soon.
I suppose it’s a good thing that some of the other running backs have gotten some of the work early in in camp. Then again, guys like McKinnon and Matt Asiata are likely going to get the bulk of the work in preseason games anyway, given that Peterson hasn’t had a carry in a preseason game since 2011 and hasn’t even taken the field for a preseason contest since 2013. Still, I think most of us would feel a whole lot better if Peterson was 100%. He’ll be there soon enough.