"He's going to help us win games, hopefully".
"Only thing that I was unsettled with was my role".
Arians said Peterson will play on first and second downs, with Andre Ellington taking over on third downs. The four weeks I was there, on Tuesdays we were having a conversation.
Running back Mark Ingram insisted all along that he wouldn't shy away from the competition after the Saints signed Peterson.
When Adrian Peterson signed a two-year, $7.5 million contract (worth up to $15.25 million through salary escalators and incentives) with the Saints shortly before the National Football League draft in late April, the expectation was he would complement incumbent running back Mark Ingram, who had his first 1,000 rushing yard season in 2016.
Over the first four games of the year, Peterson has made just a single start, but has more importantly failed to total double-digit carries in any contest. So while he wished Peterson the best, he no doubt must have felt some pride as well that he never relinquished his leading-man role. He was just excited for me, excited for me coming to join the team. "I'll be there later on today, '" Peterson said, smiling. "When I go out there I'm always putting my best foot forward and I feel like it will speak for itself". So it just is what it is. I have a lot left in the tank.
The Arizona Cardinals hope that's the case. "Whoever it is and wherever I'm at, I'm always gonna compete".
When asked about his reaction to the news of the trade, he told the Arizona media he was surprised but within his answer did say: "Thank you Jesus". It did not take long for Peterson to pack his bags, strip former Cardinals running back Chris Johnson of his job and jersey number to make this video masterpiece. And the addition of Peterson, acquired from New Orleans for a conditional 2018 draft pick, could be exactly the boost the team needs.