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July 30, 2013

Defense handles offense in live contact

MANKATO — Adrian Peterson didn't get to participate in the best contact of training camp, but what he saw was the Minnesota Vikings offense get stuffed repeatedly by the defense.

"I really didn't get involved in the full contact, but it was good watching things develop," Peterson said. "The defense kind of handed it to us today, to be honest."

Tuesday's afternoon practice provided the most intense hitting through the first four days of training. The team worked on short-yardage and goal-line situations, and the thuds you could hear were delivered by the defense.

On the first play, linebacker Larry Dean got a clean shot on Toby Gerhart, knocking the running back backward and setting the tone. The defense stuffed the first five plays before running back Joe Banyard was able to bounce one play outside for a big gain.

In eight plays from the 1 or closer, the defense stuffed six of those.

"Maybe they had some built-up frustration from yesterday," Peterson said. "I saw some good things (from the offense), but we have a lot to work on."

Peterson's goals

While not talking about specifics, Peterson said that he'll always set his goals high. In the past, he's predicted a 2,500-yard rushing season, which would be about 400 yards more than he gained last season, and he wants to break the career rushing record some day.

"I always challenge myself," he said. "And people always shoot me down because they don't want to challenge themselves. That's the way I've been successful."

As for what he works on at practice in order to build on his historic season: I believe it's physically impossible to max out your potential. I'm always trying to work on everything."

Patterson gets help

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