According to a tweet by ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the Seattle Seahawks will activate recently-signed running back Adrian Peterson for Week 13 against the San Francisco 49ers. This isn’t a huge surprise as Peterson has played football in 2021 for the Tennessee Titans. Plus, Seattle needs all the running backs it can get.
I am not sure what to expect out of Peterson against the 49ers. Asking any running back to try to gain a bunch of yards running behind the Seahawks offensive line might be a fruitless task. If Peterson were 10 years younger, that would be one thing. But now that he is 36 years old, Seattle might simply take whatever it can get from Peterson.
While Peterson was still somewhat effective in 2020 for the Detroit Lions (604 yards rushing for an average of 3.9 yards a carry and scored 7 touchdowns), he wasn’t very good for Tennessee this year. In three games and 27 carries, he ran for just 82 yards and an average of 3.0 yards per rush. And the Titans actually run-block pretty well.
Seattle Seahawks activate Adrian Peterson for Week 13
But the hope should also be that Peterson isn’t expected to be Seattle’s lead back the rest of the year. Alex Collins needs to be that. Yes, Collins had a very bad fumble against Washington last week but he still has made the most of his runs this year. Collins seems to gain yards when nothing is there to gain. Plus, at this point, he is much more explosive than Peterson.
That said, I wouldn’t be surprised if Peterson starts in Week 13. The Seahawks coaching staff doesn’t seem to have enough faith to give Collins a heavy load running the ball. Maybe they see Peterson as the kind of back who won’t turn the ball over and will help gain the tough yards Seattle needs to keep drives alive.
And that might be the key to Peterson. Seattle has far too many three-and-outs (five straight drives went this way in Week 12) and simply needs to help its defense by giving them more rest. Adrian Peterson might not run for 80 yards in any game this year for Seattle, but he might have 10 runs that help pick up first downs and that might be enough to keep Seattle from ending up 3-14 this year.