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RealSport NFL Top 100: Adrian Peterson powers in at #19

With the NFL’s top 100 well under way, we here at Real Sport thought we would give you our own version; Th


With the NFL’s top 100 well under way, we here at Real Sport thought we would give you our own version; The RS 100. Every writer here had the chance to vote for the 100 best players from the 2015 season. This ranking was done regardless of position value or salary cap cost. It was simply based on who had the best 2015 season. As a result you won’t see quality players like Jordy Nelson anywhere on our ranking as he didn’t play a single snap in the 2015 season. Voting panel: Toby Durant, Remy Cabache, Cameron Tennyson, Rebecca Rennie, Daniel Hernandez, David Pruett, Ryan Tolster

Adrian Peterson, Running Back, Minnesota Vikings

(TD: #30, RC: #12, CT: #15, RR: #56, DH: #20, DP: #12, RT: #31) At #19 Adrian Peterson is our highest ranked running back, and after leading the league in rushing yards in 2015 it’s tough to argue that he shouldn’t be. 2015 was something of an awkward year for Peterson, after being suspended for almost all of the 2014 season there were questions on if he would be staying in Minnesota, or traded on. It was also his dreaded “year 30” season, that time when amazing running backs tend to hit a wall and their performance drops away. For Peterson there was no such issue. It was like 2014 had never happened as he smashed his way to 1,266 yards on the ground at 4.5 yards a carry – exactly the same average he had in 2013 – and 11 touchdowns. Peterson looked like his old self, bouncing off blocks and plowing through defenders, or just spotting a gap and accelerating through it. Here he is in week 3, taking an up the middle run to the outside, pushing off a defender and then winding his way through the pursuit: AP_TD_Chargers.0 This is classic Peterson; making something out of nothing and making defenders look silly. That game he finished with 126 yards and 2 scores. Just one of seven 100 yard games. There have always been two knocks on Peterson. He’s not much of a receiver and he can have problems with fumbles. He put 7 balls on the ground in 2015, his most since 2009, and added just 222 yards on 30 catches. Still, that is something you can live with when he’s doing stuff like this:

 

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