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Turns out Washington Redskins' veteran running back Adrian Peterson still has plenty left in the tank at 34 years young heading into this season.
Thanks to an injured Derrius Guice sitting out of Washington's Thursday night Week 2 NFL preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Peterson got the start. And he got things rolling early, turning back the clock on his first carry in way that looked like his old self.
Highlighted by the 26-yard rush above, Peterson rushed for 31 yards on four carries in Thursday night's game. The jump cuts resembled what we remember of Peterson back in his prime with the Minnesota Vikings, and if this game was any indication of what we may see this season, Peterson has a lot left to give as a backup running back.
Peterson was signed to Washington last season after Guice was shut down for the season and backup Samaje Perine suffered an injury of his own. Peterson would go on to start all 16 games for Washington, rushing for 1,042 yards and seven touchdowns, which proved his first 1,000-yard rushing season since 2015 and the eighth of his career.
Peterson re-signed with Washington for two more years this past offseason. While many labeled him as a backup or insurance policy to Guice, it's tough to imagine him signing back with such a small role. Peterson's most recent performance underlines this point in that he may be seeing more carries this season than many thought, even if Guice manages to stay healthy.
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