"We don't sit down and say, 'We want you to get this many yards. We want you to run this way,'" coach Leslie Frazier said. "We've got some parameters we want him to work within, but you've still got to let Adrian be Adrian. He's the greatest running back in our game, so we're not going to pigeonhole him in how we're going to use him."
Peterson was asked at one point about whether he could reach 2,500 yards this year, and he of course said sure. The subject comes up now almost every time he's available to reporters, and in keeping with that old bring-it-on attitude Peterson has never dismissed the notion.
"It's something I want to accomplish, if it's something that happens. If not, it doesn't matter as long as we win," Peterson said.
That's why the Vikings haven't delved much into concern about Peterson's yardage total for the year, whether it goes up or goes down.
"You always want to be balanced as a football team, but you also want to win games," center John Sullivan said. "So if running for 300 yards is what helps us win, I'm sure that's what our goal will be."
Last summer at this time, the goal was just to get Peterson practicing full speed with the team again and ready for the regular season opener.
"I was teasing him. I said, 'I don't think you're in as good of shape as you were a year ago,'" Frazier said, "and he goes, 'We'll see. We'll see,' with a smile."