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Adrian Peterson Sees Long-Term Future In Minnesota

Adrian Peterson has played every snap of his career with the Vikings, rushing for 11,675 yards and 97 touchdowns since being drafted in 2007.

The Vikings running back doesn't plan on going anywhere soon, and he recently chatted with Chris Tomasson of the *Pioneer Press *about his long-term goals in Minnesota

Peterson said his relationship with Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer is one of the top reasons he enjoys playing in purple.

*Peterson, 31, is now vying to break hall of famer Curtis Martin's record and become the oldest [to lead the NFL in rushing yards in a season]. Then he wants to continue playing long-term with the Vikings. *

"We got a great coaching staff, great team, young team, great fans here, so why not?'' he said. "The coach is the main thing.''

*Peterson has developed a special bond with Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer, who played a key role last year in making him feel comfortable about returning. Zimmer has great trust in his running back, and that recently was illustrated. *

*Zimmer left the choice up to Peterson on whether he wanted to play in the preseason. Peterson, who hasn't had an exhibition carry since 2011, had said in May he was "itching" to change that, but he ultimately decided it was in his best interests to remain on the sideline. *

"He trusts me,'' Peterson said of his relationship with Zimmer. "We trust each other.''

Bridgewater looks primed for regular season in stadium debut

The third preseason game is often the best litmus test of where a team stands entering the regular season.

Kevin Seifert of wrote that the Vikings and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater were among those who stood out this weekend.

Seifert wrote: 

(Bridgewater) displayed the kind of downfield aggression he will need to take the next step as an NFL starter. In a two-minute drill to end Sunday's first half, Bridgewater completed three consecutive passes that traveled at least 15 yards in the air. His first was a 19-yard strike to Charles Johnson over the middle, followed by a 22-yard pass to Stefon Diggs near the sideline. Then he threw high and hard to tight end Kyle Rudolph for a 22-yard touchdown.

Bridgewater completed 12 of 16 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-10 win.



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