The Washington Redskins need some depth in the backfield as their running back unit has been ravaged by injuries.
"The big thing is to make sure I have three up for [Week 1 game versus] Arizona [Cardinals]", Gruden said Sunday.
Adrian Peterson has found a home just a few weeks shy of the 2018 National Football League season. And with Samaje Perine and Byron Marshall recovering from ankle injuries and Chris Thompson still on the mend after breaking his fibula, the 33-year-old Peterson may be a viable option for Washington. According to ESPN, head coach Jay Gruden has said that the starting RB job belongs to Rob Kelley.
Peterson began last season with New Orleans but the Saints traded him to the Arizona Cardinals on October 10 after Peterson struggled to find carries in a backfield that included Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram.
Peterson will face his former team, the Arizona Cardinals, in Week 1 of the regular season. He's the second-leading active rusher (12,276 yards) behind Miami's Frank Gore and needs only 4 yards to pass Marshall Faulk and 37 to pass Jim Brown on the all-time rushing list.
Peterson's 2017 season ended with a neck injury, and he received tepid interest in free agency.
If Williams' scouting report proves to be credible, Kelley could end up losing his stranglehold on the lead-back role as the season plays out. He had two games in which he ran for 134 yards and 159 yards, respectively.
Peterson, 33, made seven Pro Bowls in 10 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, but the team made him a free agent when it declined to exercise an option in his contract previous year. Doing that would land Peterson in the top 10 all time, and he's one rushing TD away from an even 100 for his career. As a member of the Cardinals, he rushed 3.5 yards per carry, seeing action in six games in which he totaled 448 rushing yards.