Adrian Peterson has averaged 93 rushing yards a game through the first four of the 2015 season.
The running back, who has pushed his career total to 10,562 and moved into 25th place all-time, recently spoke with the Talk of Fame Network and said that he still has his sights on passing Emmitt Smith's record of 18,355. In a recent post, Clark Judge noted:
Once upon a time, the magic number for running backs going to Canton was 10,000 yards. But over half of the 29 backs with that many – including LaDainian Tomlinson, who's fifth on the all-time list but isn't yet eligible – aren't in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
So what, then, is the magic number?
Peterson said he believes the record is "up for grabs" because he feels like he can play enough seasons to get there.
"It's going to take some hard work and dedication, but that's what got me here so far. So I know what it takes. It's just all about getting it done.
"I honestly I feel like I can play … the way my body feels … until I'm 37. Will I play that long? I don't know," Peterson added. "I feel like it comes down to my love for the game (and) my love for the game now is real strong. Will it be that way four or five years from now? I don't know. I would have to wait and see."
Robinson on recovery
Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reported that Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson is progressing in his recovery from a pectoral injury as the mandatory minimum amount of time on the physically unable to perform list is winding down.
Tomassson wrote Robinson is optimistic about returning to practice next week and perhaps even playing Oct. 25 at Detroit.
"I think so, hopefully,'' Robinson told Tomasson. "Everything is good. Be ready next week.''
*It will be up to team officials as to when Robinson returns to practice, and the Vikings will have a five-week window starting next week to make that decision. Robinson is hopeful of playing when he is first eligible for the game against the Lions, but knows that could end up being a bit soon. *
"I'll let the coaches make the decision and go from there,'' Robinson said. "I'm happy just to be able to get back on the field. I can't wait.
Kendricks drawing a crowd
Vikings rookie Eric Kendricks was in high demand Monday, informally requested for separate interview sessions with television reporters and beat writers during the open locker room period.
Matt Vensel of the Star Tribune wrote about the extra attention as Kendricks is appearing ready to take on an enhanced role in the defense after last week's trade of Gerald Hodges Jr.