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What sets Cowboys’ CeeDee Lamb and Vikings’ Justin Jefferson apart? NFL evaluators tell us



Six receivers were selected in the first round of the 2020 draft, and after roughly a season and a half of results, it is clear CeeDee Lamb of the Dallas Cowboys and Justin Jefferson of the Minnesota Vikings have separated themselves from the bunch.

Jefferson, the 22nd overall pick, has 129 catches for 1,942 yards and 10 touchdowns, while Lamb, the 17th pick, has 107 receptions for 1,432 yards and nine touchdowns.

And they are matching up well with the best in their franchise’s history, too.

Only Cowboys Hall of Fame receiver Bob Hayes reached 1,000 receiving yards in fewer games (13) than Lamb (17) in team history. The 22-year-old Lamb reached 100 receptions in 22 games, tying former running back Herschel Walker for the fewest games to get there in team history. With a touchdown Sunday against the Vikings (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC), Lamb would be second fastest in team history (23 games) to reach double-digit receiving touchdowns behind only former receiver Dez Bryant (17 games).

For Jefferson, also 22, he broke Vikings rookie records held by Hall of Famer Randy Moss in receptions (88) and yards (1,400) last season. Through their first 22 games, Jefferson has more yards and catches than Moss had, although the Hall of Famer had 21 touchdown receptions. Jefferson has a streak of nine straight games with at least five catches, which is the second-longest current streak in the NFL.

This season, Jefferson is on pace for 109 catches and 1,445 yards, while Lamb’s pace is for 88 catches and 1,325 yards.

The fan bases of the Las Vegas Raiders (Henry Ruggs III, No. 12 overall), Denver Broncos (Jerry Jeudy, No. 15 overall) and Philadelphia Eagles (Jalen Reagor, No. 21 overall) have to wonder why their teams passed on Lamb and Jefferson. The San Francisco 49ers are saved from the scrutiny because they selected Brandon Aiyuk after Lamb and Jefferson were gone.

“There was never a question whether CeeDee was a No. 1,” an assistant general manager said. “He’s definitely a 1. Maybe Jefferson slipped because people didn’t see him as a 1 because he played so much slot at LSU but hindsight being 20/20, I think you need to see him as a 1.”

On Sunday, Lamb and Jefferson — or Jefferson and Lamb — will meet for the second time in two seasons at U.S. Bank Stadium with both teams coming off their bye and looking to continue winning streaks.

Last November, Lamb made a touchdown catch for the ages, twisting and turning for an Andy Dalton pass in the Cowboys’ 31-28 win, but Jefferson had his highlight with a 39-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kirk Cousins and finished with 86 yards on three receptions.

Through six games this season, Jefferson has 41 receptions for 542 yards, which rank inside the top 10. Lamb has 33 catches for 497 yards, but he is coming off a 149-yard effort against the New England Patriots with two touchdowns, including the game-winner from 35 yards in overtime.

NFL Nation reporters Courtney Cronin and Todd Archer talked to several NFL personnel executives to discuss the traits that make Lamb and Jefferson so special.

Run after the catch

What the numbers say: Lamb has nine catches of 20 yards or more this season, while Jefferson has eight. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Lamb has 210 yards after the catch (ranking 16th in the NFL) and averages 6.36 YAC, which ranks seventh among wide receivers with at least 20 catches. Jefferson checks in at No. 20 with 196 yards and averages 4.78 YAC (21st). If both the 2020 and 2021 seasons are included, Jefferson ranks No. 4 in YAC with 641.

Lamb ranks No. 5 among all wide receivers this season with 70 yards after first contact, and Jefferson ranks seventh with 66.

Scouting report on Lamb

“That’s where he’s unique and separates himself from a lot of guys with his elusiveness after the catch and his strength. There is a unique separation burst he has to get away from a defender. He’s got that stop-start body control.” — NFC player personnel director

“It’s like, ‘Is he really that fast?’ And then he would take one to the house. You really couldn’t judge CeeDee’s playmaking ability and speed off his tape. I saw him live and he didn’t really look like he was running that fast until he just ran by somebody. There’s only certain receivers I’ve ever seen it in live. I saw it with DJ Moore, Laviska Shenault. CeeDee and D.J.’s 40 times weren’t that slow, it just looked like they weren’t moving that fast.

“It’s just weird because some guys have that ability to be looking smooth and not really trying and then you see somebody trying to chase them and they can’t catch them.” — NFC area scout

“CeeDee’s an excellent route runner, but he’s probably better with the ball in his hands than Jefferson. Once he gets his hands on the ball, especially in college, he was a threat to take it the distance, even if it was a hitch or a slant. He’s probably better on those 45 degree angle cuts, like posts and speed outs and routes that don’t require him to come to a stop.” — NFL assistant general manager

Scouting report on Jefferson

“He’ll catch the ball, and he’s looking to make a play. His [run after catch] was really, really good. I always say he had one of the top wiggles in that draft, meaning he can make that first guy miss and he could take it to the house at any given time. You saw his playmaking ability probably a little bit more and you saw it jump out at you on tape.” — NFC area scout

“He’s not as creative after the catch. He’s good but he gets more with what he gets through determination rather than elusiveness than that stop-start or spatial awareness.” — NFC player personnel director


What the numbers say: Drops can be a subjective stat. What one assistant coach might call a drop, another wouldn’t. ESPN Stats & Information has Lamb with six drops in 2020 and two so far this season, while Jefferson had three drops as a rookie and three this season. Over the past two seasons, Jefferson has two fumbles and Lamb has one.

Neither receiver, however, is perceived to have “bad hands.”

Scouting report on Jefferson

“Really consistent catcher. Just a steady hand guy. He can still make the eye-opening catch, but he’s going to make the more consistent catch, not just the acrobatic catches. He’s probably going to make more of the tougher catches.” — NFC player personnel director

“He’s a ball-catcher, not a body-catcher. There’s probably not much difference to decipher between either one of them.” — NFL assistant general manager

Scouting report on Lamb

“His hands are very good but there’s an occasional drop that you don’t expect with his level of hands. He’s a guy that tracks the ball over his shoulder better maybe than the ones where he’s coming back to the ball. He’ll make more ‘wow’ catches because of his body control in the air. CeeDee is great in traffic.” — NFC player personnel director

“Comparing the two, I would probably say CeeDee has better hands but it’s not because Justin’s hands aren’t good. Justin had really good hands, probably the best hands out of the trio on his team (at LSU). Coming out, I probably liked (Jefferson’s) hands better than Ja’Marr [Chase] or Terence [Marshall]. In that draft, I liked Justin’s hands just under CeeDee’s. CeeDee made the catches like, ‘Wow, how did he pull that in?'” — NFC area scout

Route running

What the numbers say: It is difficult to create separation in a league filled with terrific athletes, but Lamb and Jefferson have that ability. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Lamb averages 2.86 yards from the neatest defender at the time of pass arrival, and Jefferson averages 2.79 yards.

According to Next Gen Stats, Lamb has had a max speed of 20.72 mph (Week 5 against the New York Giants), and Jefferson has had a max speed of 20.15 mph (Week 4 against the Cleveland Browns).

Scouting report on Lamb

“His quickness and agility off the line of scrimmage, the ability to set guys up at the top of his routes, that’s what separates him and then his run after the catch.” — NFC player personnel director

“He is so smooth with his down the field, stretching the field ability. It doesn’t look like he’s trying, but he gets open. He’s just one of those guys; he’s not breaking a sweat trying to run a route. Some people probably get mad at him because it doesn’t look like he’s trying but he’s just a smooth route runner. Some guys are just like that.” — NFC area scout

Scouting report on Jefferson

“He was very smooth. You could tell he was a top-notch athlete the way he would come in and out of his breaks; it was easy to drop his weight. He could do all the things that the top receivers before him were doing and the ones that are coming out this year are doing … He was beating the people they’re putting on him. Even if it’s the No. 2 or No. 3, he’s still going to win, which is a good thing because some people don’t play up to their opponent’s ability. Some people drop down, so if I see I’m getting backups, I don’t have to go as hard. That wasn’t Justin.” — NFC area scout

“He’s a savvy route runner, explosive. He knows how to step on people’s toes and then he’s fearless in going to catch the football.” — NFC player personnel director

“He’s exceptional on transitional stop route plays. It’s really more like 60 mph to 0. He comes to a stop better than pretty much anybody in the league. He’s going 60 and he can shut it down and come back to the ball. He’s exceptional there.” — NFL assistant general manager

What Lamb and Jefferson say about each other

There is a mutual admiration between the receivers and both want to be considered the best in the 2020 draft class.

“I’m sure [Jefferson] wants to be the best for sure and likewise,” Lamb said. “I definitely want to be considered the best in the class. I feel like that’s what kind of keeps us going. The production you see throughout, week in, week out, is off the love of the game and how much we’re trying to compete and make a name for ourselves.”

Lamb said he and Jefferson will talk every now and then on Instagram. Lamb called Jefferson a “great player.”

“I watch him just about as much as I watch any other receiver,” Lamb said. “I like his game. I like the way he moves with the ball after the catch, his routes. He’s a very phenomenal receiver.”

The last draft class to boast as many stars at the wide receiver position as the 2020 group — which had 13 receivers go in the first two rounds — came via the likes of Jarvis Landry, Mike Evans, Davante Adams, Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandin Cooks in 2014. Lamb and Jefferson continue to carry the torch for their group which hopes to make its mark among the greatest receiver classes ever.

“We’re both doing some tremendous things,” Jefferson said. “We’re both some playmakers and we’re both doing some big things for our teams. We just have to keep rolling, I’m excited to see him progress and do big things. It’s going to be a good matchup going up against him.”

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Dallas Cowboys’ Mike McCarthy calls win over New Orleans Saints ‘great experience’ for team



NEW ORLEANS — Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy knew watching Thursday night’s game from a hotel in Frisco, Texas, would be difficult. He just didn’t know how difficult.

The good news is McCarthy’s Cowboys beat the New Orleans Saints 27-17 to end a two-game losing streak and open up more room over the Washington Football Team in the NFC East with five games to play.

“It was rough, I’m not going to lie,” McCarthy told ESPN via phone after the game. “I’m proud of the guys and how it all turned out, but I don’t ever want to do this again.”

McCarthy was placed in COVID-19 protocols over the weekend after testing positive, and Dan Quinn took over the head-coaching role Thursday. Five other coaches, including offensive line coach Joe Philbin and assistant offensive line coach Jeff Blasko, and two players (Terence Steele and Nahshon Wright) missed the game.

“Adversity win, ugly win, however, you want to define it, you have to have these wins, especially when you get to later in the year when you’re playing teams that are trying to get in the playoffs or make a run,” McCarthy said. “This is a great experience for us. Let’s face it, this is today’s NFL. You’ve got to be able to win with change.”

The Cowboys had plenty of change.

Quinn is normally in the coaches’ booth for the game, calling defenses, but he was on the sideline Thursday. Tight ends coach Lunda Wells took over the offensive line responsibilities. Offensive assistant Chase Haslett worked with the tight ends. Vice president of player personnel Will McClay was on the sideline, as was consultant Ben McAdoo. Assistant head coach Rob Davis was on a headset for the first time with McCarthy out.

“One thing you’ve heard me say before is I love doing hard things with a group of people, and this was one of those moments,” said Quinn, who was the Atlanta Falcons‘ head coach for parts of six seasons and had a 2-3 record inside the Superdome. “We got great people to get the job done. We wanted to make sure Mike and all the guys who missed, let them know we got their backs. So honestly, that was the only thing I was nervous about. I didn’t want to let him down. He’s done a great job leading us, to how it’s going to go down, the play style that we wanted. But it was just a cool win.”

Quinn’s defense contributed four takeaways, all interceptions, including a pick-six by defensive tackle Carlos Watkins. Running back Tony Pollard made it a two-score game in the third quarter with a 58-yard touchdown run, the longest run of his career and the longest scoring run since Ezekiel Elliott had a 60-yarder as a rookie in 2016.

It was the culmination of a week that forced the Cowboys to adjust on the fly. McCarthy ran the meetings all week virtually, and he held his normal pregame meeting via the internet on Thursday. Players and coaches met virtually before and after practices leading into the game and had to grab their meals at The Star to go. With the three strength coaches in COVID protocols, the players did not have access to the weight room all week and had to work out on their own.

“This is one of those weeks where no job is not your job right now,” Quinn said.

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones had a funny line ready for Quinn after the game.

“I just told him with a win he’s right there with Tom Landry,” Jones said, referencing the Hall of Fame coach and Cowboys’ all-time win leader. “He can now say he’s head coached the Cowboys.”

But Quinn will be glad to be back in the coaches’ booth for next week’s game against Washington.

“I’m hopeful that you guys won’t see me again and I’ll be back on the top here hopefully by the next game and Mike will make all the progress that we need to have him back on the field and a lot of other guys too,” Quinn said. “We missed a number of guys today from the staff and a couple players as well, so hopefully this is hitting us with some time to see if we can get back and get back to our normalcy.”

McCarthy said he is feeling much better and hopes to be back in the office early next week once he either posts two negative tests separated by 24 hours or reaches the 10-day quarantine.

He just knows he does not want to have to watch his team play from afar again.

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NFL playoff picture 2021 – Standings, bracket, scenarios after Cowboys-Saints, plus Week 13 outlook



Your Thursday night NFL playoff picture update for Week 13, following the Cowboys-Saints game, goes a little like this:

  • The Cowboys are almost certainly going to win the NFC East, whether you think they are good or bad, in disarray or coming together, balanced or with glaring holes. They took care of business Thursday night against a depleted Saints team, winning 27-10 and snapping a two-game losing streak.

  • The Saints missed a major opportunity to get back into the playoff picture and now face steep odds of returning to the postseason.

This weekend’s games won’t really change the current trajectory of either team. When Week 13 is completed, the Cowboys will still be in a commanding spot in their division, and the Saints will be looking up at too many teams in the NFC wild-card race. What follows is a look at where the NFL stands with six weeks remaining until the playoffs begin. As always, we lay out the possibilities and likelihoods. Our next update will post after Sunday night’s game between the Broncos and Chiefs, and then again after an important Patriots-Bills game on Monday night.

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The quarterback of the AFC’s top seed threw four interceptions Sunday night — and his team still won. You can view that as a sign of strength for Lamar Jackson‘s Ravens. Their presence at the top of the rankings reflects a conference that is truly up for grabs among a half-dozen teams. Can the Ravens truly hold off the Patriots, Titans, Chiefs and Bills? We don’t often say this, given the competitiveness of the rivalry, but the Ravens have a strong chance of advancing their quest when they play the reeling Steelers on Sunday.

Next up: at Steelers

The Patriots keep giving us reasons to think they’re one of the best teams in the NFL. They’ve won six in a row and by at least 18 points in five of those. And overall, they lead the NFL with a point differential of plus-144. It’s additionally wild that this has all come with rookie quarterback Mac Jones, who is playing well but isn’t among the league’s top 10 in Total QBR. Amazingly, at least to some, the Patriots can begin the process of locking down the AFC East in Week 13 when they travel to Buffalo. FPI doesn’t like their chances of winning the division, much less earning home-field advantage, but they’re all legitimate possibilities for the Patriots.

Next up: at Bills

The good news for the Titans is that a two-game losing streak hasn’t really damaged their standing in the AFC South, where they have a two-game lead with five games left to play. They’ll have a bye in Week 13 and then return to play the Jaguars and Steelers, two teams who are going in the wrong direction. The question with the Titans is not whether they’ll make the playoffs, but rather — given their health and the results of their past two games — whether they can be considered likely to make a deep run. At the moment, the answer is very much in doubt.

Next up: vs. Jaguars (Week 14)

The Chiefs will return from their bye week with their playoff positioning unchanged. But they now have a full game lead in the AFC West, where the other three teams are all 6-5. With that said, the division remains very much in play. Four of the Chiefs’ final six games will be against AFC West foes, including two against the Broncos and one each against the Raiders and Chargers.

Next up: vs. Broncos

The Bengals look like a different team than the one that lost consecutive games heading into its Week 10 bye. Since then, they’ve defeated the Raiders and Steelers by a combined 57 points. They’ve gotten themselves to the point where FPI likes their chances of at least making the playoffs, and they have a roughly one-in-four chance of winning the AFC North.

Next up: vs. Chargers

The Bills better hope they’ve figured things out, because they’re about to head into a brutal stretch of their schedule. They will play the red-hot Patriots twice in four weeks, with a game at the Buccaneers mixed in there, as well.

Next up: vs. Patriots



Dianna Russini and Bart Scott preview the AFC East showdown between the Patriots and Bills on Monday Night Football.

The Week 12 loss to the Broncos was the Chargers’ fourth defeat in their past six games. They’ve clearly turned in the wrong direction after a 4-1 start, but for now, they’re still among the AFC’s top seven thanks to their head-to-head victory over the Raiders in Week 4. As to whether they can stay here is another story. All told, the Chargers haven’t been playing consistent playoff-level football since mid-October. They’re teetering on the edge.

Next up: at Bengals

In the AFC hunt

Las Vegas Raiders (6-5)

We can do nothing but tip our cap to the Raiders, whose post-Jon Gruden slide seemed well underway during a three-game losing streak entering Thanksgiving’s game at the Cowboys. But they went into AT&T Stadium and won a war of attrition and now have a winnable home game against Washington.

Denver Broncos (6-5)

The Broncos came out of their bye with a dominant performance against the Chargers, their third win in their past four games. It drew them even with the rest of AFC West and set them up to at least have a chance down the stretch. Four of the Broncos’ remaining six games are against divisional rivals, starting Sunday at the Chiefs.

Indianapolis Colts (6-6)

The Colts’ three-game winning streak ended with an odd home loss that featured 27 consecutive pass plays from their offense, presumably in part to beat a Buccaneers defense that was geared to stop tailback Jonathan Taylor. We found out, to no surprise, that quarterback Carson Wentz can’t carry this team. They’ll have a chance to get back on track, however, against the Texans.

Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5-1)

Yeesh. The Steelers don’t look like anything close to a playoff team. The path won’t get any easier Sunday against the Ravens.

Cleveland Browns (6-6)

The Browns head into their bye with losses in two of their past three games, and they will face the Ravens when they return in Week 14.


The Cardinals presumably return quarterback Kyler Murray and receiver DeAndre Hopkins back in the lineup. They’ll need to be at full strength. Their strength of their remaining schedule ranks No. 18 in the NFL, based on FPI, but the eyeball test suggests it’s more difficult than that. Three of the five games are on the road, and two are against teams that currently have winning records (Rams and Cowboys). Plus, their Week 16 opponent (Colts) will be a tough out, as well. Fortunately for the Cardinals, they have the league’s best record on the road (6-0) through Week 12.

Next up: at Bears

The Packers are right on the heels of the Cardinals, with whom they own the head-to-head tiebreaker. And of their five remaining games, three will be at Lambeau Field, where the Packers are 5-0 this season. One of the two road games will be at Ford Field, where they’ll play the winless Lions. The Packers are very much in the running to be the NFC’s top team, both on the field and in the playoff standings.

Next up: vs. Bears (Week 14)



Domonique Foxworth and Tim Hasselbeck argue that they trust Aaron Rodgers to lead the Packers to the Super Bowl more than Tom Brady with the Buccaneers.

The Buccaneers have now won consecutive games, scoring 68 points in the process, since a two-game losing streak had everyone around the NFL panicking. It’s hard to argue that the Buccaneers aren’t back on track. Their remaining strength of schedule ranks No. 22, and at the moment, it includes only one opponent with a winning record (Bills, Week 14).

Next up: at Falcons

It wasn’t pretty, but the Cowboys snapped a two-game losing streak on Thursday night in New Orleans and took another step toward locking down the NFC East title. Even if the Eagles, the Giants and Washington all win this weekend, FPI would still put the Cowboys’ chances to win the division at 92.4%. There will be a lot of takes about the way the Cowboys played, including a botched two-minute drill at the end of the first half to a failure to close the game out when taking over possession midway through the fourth quarter. But we should probably refrain from judging anything but the final result, given the absence of five coaches — including head coach Mike McCarthy — and two players because of COVID-19 protocols.

Next up: at Washington

At this point, it’s fair to ask if the Rams are going to make the playoffs at all. They have now lost three games in a row, with quarterback Matthew Stafford throwing a pick-six in each of them, and appear in significant disarray. The Rams will get the best chance they could to regroup on Sunday, with a home game against Jacksonville, but overall, their remaining schedule is the fourth-most difficult in the league.

Next up: vs. Jaguars

The 49ers are figuring things out at just the right time. They have won three consecutive games and four of their past five, and Week 12’s victory over the Vikings will supply them with an important head-to-head tiebreaker should it be needed at the end of the regular season. The strength of their remaining schedule ranks No. 24, and an argument could be made that they’re playing better right now than all but one of their final six opponents (Bengals in Week 14). At this rate, they’ll overtake the Rams in the NFC West and the playoff standings in a matter of weeks.

Next up: at Seahawks

Yep, you read that correctly. Washington’s victory Monday night over the Seahawks allowed it to supplant the Vikings for the final wild-card spot, thanks to the best conference record (5-2) of the NFC’s three 5-6 teams. The win was Washington’s third in a row, and its remaining schedule is pretty interesting. After playing the Raiders on Sunday, it will finish the season on a five-game run against NFC East opponents: two games against the Cowboys, two versus the Eagles and one with the Giants.

Next up: at Raiders

In the NFC hunt

Minnesota Vikings (5-6)

The Vikings are fortunate to be facing the Lions on Sunday, a game they’re playing without tailback Dalvin Cook.

Atlanta Falcons (5-6)

The Falcons started 1-3 and then went on another 1-3 bender before holding on for a seven-point victory in Week 12 over the Jaguars. As improbable as it might seem, the Falcons are barely out of the sloppy NFC wild-card situation, thanks to a head-to-head tiebreaker with the Saints. Stranger things have happened, but they have a pretty significant obstacle on Sunday when they host the Buccaneers.

Philadelphia Eagles (5-7)

There’s no way to sugarcoat it. The Eagles flunked a pretty basic test of playoff worthiness in Week 12, scoring just seven points in a loss to the equally anemic Giants. It’s fair to ask if they’ll squander one of the NFL’s easiest remaining schedules, which continues on Sunday at the Jets.

Carolina Panthers (5-7)

The Panthers have now lost seven of nine games since a 3-0 start. Their fade from the playoff picture is nearly complete, but they’ll have a bye week followed by a winnable game in Week 14 against the Falcons to delay the inevitable for a little longer.

New Orleans Saints (5-7)

Thursday night was a high-leverage game for the Saints, who would have moved into the No. 7 spot and raised their chances for a playoff spot to 54.2%, according to FPI. Instead, they lost a winnable game, and FPI now puts their playoff chances at 20% heading into a Week 14 game at the Jets.

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Now with the Seattle Seahawks, running back Adrian Peterson still playing for ‘love of the game’



RENTON, Wash. — Four days after he was waived by the Tennessee Titans last week, Adrian Peterson went to see his alma mater, Oklahoma, play rival Oklahoma State in Stillwater. He was getting out of his car to begin tailgating when his agent called to tell him the Seattle Seahawks were interested in signing him.

Peterson’s response: “I’ll be good to go. Obviously, I still want to play.”

On Thursday, a day after joining Seattle’s practice squad, the veteran running back was asked why he still wants to play at 36 years old and more than 14 seasons into a Hall of Fame career.

“Just the love for the game,” he said. “I love the game. I feel like I can still compete at a high level. Just having the opportunity to help teams, to inspire guys. That’s one of the most rewarding things. When I see guys, and they say to me, ‘Man, just keep doing what you’re doing,’ it’s so inspiring.”

When asked what he still wants to accomplish, Peterson said “winning a championship.” He’s not going to get that opportunity with the Seahawks (3-8) now that their chances of making the playoffs are down to 1%, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index.

But he might get to contribute in a banged-up backfield that’s dealing with injuries to Rashaad Penny and Travis Homer. They’ve been backing up Alex Collins, who has been the starter since Chris Carson went down with a season-ending neck injury.

Peterson, who signed with the Titans after they lost star Derrick Henry to a foot injury, carried 27 times for 82 yards and a touchdown in three games before he was waived.

“I don’t really feel like I showed too much in Tennessee,” he said. “But before I got released, I was feeling my legs were back under me. I felt like going into the Patriots [game last week], that was the week I was going to be able to blossom and unfortunately I got released.”

With Penny and Homer out Monday night, Collins and DeeJay Dallas combined for only 18 yards on 10 carries in the Seahawks’ loss to Washington. Seattle ranks 25th in rushing this season and has scored only 26 points on offense during its three-game losing streak.

“This style offense and how their run game is, it kind of fits my style a little more than I would say Tennessee,” Peterson said. “So I think it’ll be an easy adjustment for me.”

Behind Collins, Penny, Dallas and Homer on their active roster, the Seahawks have rookie Josh Johnson and now Peterson on their practice squad.

“I felt like it’s a lot that I can add to the run game and inspire these young guys as well, make those guys work harder,” Peterson said. “When they see me out there pretty much going full speed during the walk-through 14 years in, that makes them kind of pick up their tempo a little more as well. I feel like I’ll be able to add to the running back room and help get this running game going.”

As for when that might happen, Peterson wants to play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, though it’s not clear if he’ll be ready in time on a short week, or if the Seahawks will need him right away as Penny and Homer were both listed as full participants on Thursday.

“It’s a goal for me,” Peterson said of playing Sunday, “but that’s up to the coaches and staff to see how I finish off this week and then they’ll make a decision based off that.”

The Seahawks are Peterson’s seventh team. After spending his first 10 seasons in Minnesota, he had stints with Arizona, New Orleans, Washington and Detroit before his most recent one in Tennessee.

Peterson ranks fifth in NFL history with 14,902 career rushing yards. According to, he has made over $103 million in on-field earnings over his 14-plus seasons. However, an attorney for Peterson said in 2019 that the running back was in debt after “trusting the wrong people and being taken advantage of by those he trusted.”

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