Cardinals Running Game Gets A Boost

 

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Today, the Arizona Cardinals made a trade with the New Orleans Saints to acquire the former Viking superstar Adrian Peterson. The Saints will receive a 2018 draft pick and to assume, the pick will most likely be a low value selection. The value of the pick has not been reported yet. Dianna Russini of ESPN.com reported the deal first.

Now, Adrian Peterson signed a two-year deal worth $7MM in the off-season with the Saints, but his time as a Saint is all over now.

This deal was doomed when it went through knowing that Adrian Peterson was going to a Saints’ team that uses a heavy backfield rotation in years past and for the 2017 season that currently includes the durable Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara.

Peterson knew what he was getting himself into when he signed the papers.

In addition, the Cardinals rotation will now include Adrian Peterson, Kerwynn Williams, and Andre Ellington with David Johnson out for most of the season.

I would include Chris Johnson’s name in that rotation, but after the news of the acquisition of Peterson, Chris Johnson was released to make room for the future Hall of Famer.

Furthermore, Peterson’s fantasy value goes up with the potential increase of snaps in a lighter rotation. Adrian will most likely slot at the top of the depth chart while David Johnson recovers from his wrist surgery.

Finally, the Cardinals now have a more reliable runner behind Johnson for the future (next season).

Peterson’s season stats: 4 games, 27 carries, 81 rushing yards

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