NFL.com Staff | Tags: Three and out, Adrian Peterson, Andre Brown, Arian Foster, David Wilson, Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer, Le'Veon Bell, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, rashard mendenhall, Tim Hightower
Peterson wants big numbers: Last season, it was quite a big deal that Adrian Peterson finished the year just nine yards short of the single-season rushing record. This year, he’s looking for more … a whole lot more. A.D. reiterated his goal of rushing for 2,500 yards in an interview with SI.com, repeating something he told NFL Network at the end of last season. Right now, the biggest question about the Vikings star is whether he’ll be the first pick in most fantasy drafts over Arian Foster. If you believe he can reach his goal, it’s hard not to take him No. 1. Sure, it’s a huge number, but at this point, would anyone doubt Peterson?
Bell aiming for No. 1 job: In need of a boost to their running game, the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell and all signs point to him taking the top spot on the depth chart. That’s bad news for Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman, who temporarily seemed in line for the job after the departure of Rashard Mendenhall. Bell’s physical running style seems to fit the Steelers’ personality and he’ll have every opportunity to make his presence felt in training camp. He could find himself as a No. 2 option on plenty of fantasy rosters this season.
Hightower to visit Giants: The battle for the New York Giants No. 1 running back job looks like it will be between Andre Brown and David Wilson. But Big Blue looks like it’s adding depth to the position. The team plans to meet with free agent Tim Hightower who sat out all of 2012 after suffering a knee injury in 2011. Hightower’s most productive season was in 2010 with the Arizona Cardinals and he was running well before tearing an ACL five games into his 2011 campaign with the Redskins. If he lands in Gotham, the journeyman will find himself in a pitched battle for a scant amount of carries.
— Marcas Grant
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