Detroit — Adrian Peterson has been a Detroiter for less than two months, and already is stepping up in a big way in the community.
Peterson, who signed with Detroit in September, has pledged to donate 1,000 meals to needy Detroiters for every Lions touchdown through December. And for every touchdown he scores personally, he’ll make it 2,000 meals.
Based on their current pace through six games, that approximates to 31,000 meals for Detroiters, who have been especially hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
For every Lions touchdown in November and December home games, we will donate 1,000 meals to Detroit families in need. 2,000 for every TD I score! #AllDaypic.twitter.com/m3H5wBxCEk— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) October 30, 2020
Peterson arrived in Detroit with a reputation for being a pro’s pro, and that has been true in every way. Teammates were starstruck when the future Hall-of-Famer arrived in town, and Peterson has led by example in the locker room, film room, and set new standards for how to practice.
“I’d say it’s probably the highest level of actual finish to plays (I’ve seen),” running backs coach Kyle Caskey said. “Like, the guy just doesn’t slow down. It’s hard to get two plays in a row because, I mean, he’ll run a play and run for 80 yards and then I’m like, ‘Yeah, I guess I have to get somebody else in there.’”
Peterson’s impact has been especially beneficial for D’Andre Swift, taking on a mentorship with the rookie running back and helping him through some adversity, including the hip injury in training camp and then that drop in the end zone in the opener.
On the field, the results have been more mixed. Peterson has 80 carries for 314 yards, both team highs, but his effectiveness has waned some in recent weeks and he’s begun to share more of the backfield with Swift.
“My confidence level is always going to be high because just the confidence that I have for myself and my abilities and the guys that are in front of me and what we’re able to do,” Peterson said this week. “But when I evaluate myself, I see some things that I know I’ve left out there. You try to correct those things and move forward, but the biggest thing for me I would say would be just being a little more patient and trusting the guys in front of me. You know? That’s something that I’ve kinda been focusing on here the last couple weeks, and we’ll see how things look on Sunday.”
Peterson missed some practice time this week while dealing with an abdominal injury, but put in a full day of work on Friday and has been given the green light for Sunday’s game against Indianapolis.
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