"Adrian and I have talked a ton each week, we'll spend time just up here in the office just talking about our system, different things, his role". New Orleans thinned out the group by shipping Peterson to the RB-needy Arizona Cardinals for a conditional 2018 sixth-round pick.
And Payton said he was "happy" for Peterson that the opportunity came up, and that the two of them have had a "fantastic" relationship despite Peterson's desire for a bigger role.
It didn't work out that way thanks to Kamara's versatility and head coach Sean Payton's affinity for the rookie.
"These are all hypotheticals", Payton said. Peterson was the odd man out in a crowded Saints backfield.
Three days after the Saints signed Peterson, New Orleans traded up to draft Alvin Kamara in the third round, and the rookie has been a playmaker right away, averaging 5.5 yards per carry and hauling in 20 catches over the first four games. "Had I known that I could draft Kamara, had I known Kamara was going to be good as a runner and as a receiver, and had I know".
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.
AP recounted his Hail Mary for a starting RB gig after Cardinals practice today - "Hey, God, I need you to answer this prayer for me".
Arizona could use a boost in its rushing attack, which ranks last in the National Football League in yards per game (51.8).
Minneapolis-based Crown Bank says Peterson took out the loan in May 2016, but defaulted in October that year. "I mean, he's a great player, he still has a lot of juice left in the tank". "I know Arizona was short at this position". Peterson believes that you'll see him find more success than he had in New Orleans in his new number.