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Adrian Peterson said he wanted to run for 2,500 yards in 2013, and the reigning NFL MVP's goal immediately turned into sports talk radio fodder. People wanted to know, in almost every Peterson interview after that, whether the running back was serious or delusional, whether his prediction was an achievable goal or a baseless boast.
Peterson said several times in training camp that the goal had a deeper meaning -- that it was fuel to motivate him to top his 2,097-yard season in 2012. And in an interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Dan Wiederer, Peterson shed some additional light on his thinking.
"Listen,” Peterson said. “If I don’t hear that number mentioned to me again, I’ll be all good. … People hear that 2,500 and it’s ‘Oh wow. That’s not possible. What was he thinking?’ They kind of focus on [the number] too much. In my mind, I’m not looking at it like that at all.”
Here are today's other Vikings stories of note:
We looked at the Vikings' most significant cuts as they finalized their 53-man roster, and revisited how the actual roster compared to the prediction we'd made the night before.
Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson are in Minnesota to try and balance out an offense that finished 31st in the league in passing last season, writes Mark Craig of the Star Tribune.
The biggest difference between the Vikings and the Green Bay Packers -- the team they are chasing in the division -- comes down to the quarterback position, Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune says.
Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press profiles Chris Donley, a lifelong Vikings fan who is dying from cancer and who watched the team's practice last Tuesday as a guest of Vikings Hall of Famer Randall McDaniel.
The Vikings' cuts on Saturday took a bite out of their 2011 draft class, which hasn't panned out the way the team hoped, writes Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com.