Vikings running backs coach Kirby Wilson said he still texts Adrian Peterson once a week to let him know he’s thinking about him, tweets Ben Goessling of ESPN.com. The Vikings are using a combination of Matt Asiata and the more athletic Jerick McKinnon in the backfield, but it’s not quite the same. “You’re not going to have the dynamic, explosive, spectacular runs and plays that you get out of a player of [Peterson’s] magnitude,” Wilson said. “We definitely miss that element, but we’ve moved on to a certain degree.” More from around the NFL..
- The Patriots have had better luck with unheralded waiver wire pickups like Brian Tyms and Jonas Gray than high draft picks like wide receiver Aaron Dobson and running back James White, notes Ben Volin of The Boston Globe (via Twitter).
- The Saints are being vague about why rookie linebacker Khairi Fortt was released, but team captain Curtis Lofton seems to think the team was justified in their decision, writes Mike Triplett of ESPN.com. “I just know that the Saints have a standard around here, and you gotta live up to that. If everybody else is doing it right, then you gotta do it right. And if you don’t, then you won’t be here,” Lofton said. “He was definitely treated fairly. You can’t have how many people on a team, 64 guys or whatever, doing it right, and you’re the one guy doing it wrong.”
- Steelers rookie Stephon Tuitt is getting ready for a big role, as Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes.