Adrian Peterson's goal is to be consistent. Every day in his rehab-filled offseason should be the same. So, the Minnesota Vikings running back wakes up at 8 a.m. as often as possible.
"And I'm grinding," said Peterson, the face of the franchise, who tore his ACL on Dec. 24.
By 9 a.m., he is in workout mode, whether in the weight room or on the track. If he's running first to work on conditioning, it's a combination of 400-yard reps, 300s, 100s or starts. Then, he'll hit pause for an hour to eat before heading in to lift. There, he'll do a full-body workout, a lower-body workout, or whatever Vikings head trainer Eric Sugarman plans for him. Plenty of days, it lasts more than six hours.
"I've just been in the lab, that's what I like to call it," Peterson told NFL.com in a lengthy interview before the team's minicamp practice on Tuesday. "Working towards being back on the field as soon as possible."
Peterson is itching to be on the field. He has long targeted Week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars as the benchmark for his return, and he didn't back off that timeline on Tuesday.
"I feel like it's realistic," said Peterson, who has averaged at least 4.4 yards per carry during every one of his NFL seasons, with at least 10 touchdowns. "As of now, I feel like I'm heading in the right direction to meet that."
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