After a wasted investment by the New Orleans Saints, they decided to trade All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson to the Arizona Cardinals in return for a conditional pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Now that Peterson has been traded to the Cardinals, can he become the bell cow that the team desperately needs right now?
If they are seeking the Adrian Peterson that we all witnessed from 2007 through 2015 seasons, they are in for a tall order. Adrian Peterson is no longer the type of runner that can change the outcome of a football game within a blink of an eye. What the Cardinals need is another runner that is a change of pace back from Peterson.
As of right now, the team does not have that option. After the Cardinals decided to trade for Peterson, they decided to release veteran running back, Chris Johnson.
To me, that would have been a great complimentary piece to Peterson, but I guess head coach Bruce Arians and the Cardinals front office did not want two aging veterans splitting carries among each other.
It is still early in the season for the Cardinals to turn their sluggish start around, but their rushing attack must step up to the plate for a declining Carson Palmer, who has not been the same since the 2015-2016 NFC Championship Game against the Carolina Panthers. A solid running game is an aging quarterback’s best friend, just ask John Elway.
They still have future Hall of Fame wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald to throw the football to, but without the second option behind Adrian Peterson, it will be difficult for the Cardinals to contend with division rivals such as the Los Angeles Rams and the Seattle Seahawks for the NFC West Title.
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