Did Adrian Peterson show enough?
The 33-year-old Peterson made a good first impression in Washington, rushing 11 times for 56 yards, including an impressive 15-yarder, in his Washington debut against the Denver Broncos.
And was that a ... jump cut? Peterson might have molded into a power gap runner the past few years, but Friday looked a bit different. He made a 2012-ish hop outside, faking out Broncos LB Todd Davis, and just gave a little glimpse of the old Peterson.
That was a 13-yard gain. The 15-yarder came on 4th-and-1. Peterson started and took the game's first play for a nice 7-yard push. On Washington's second series, he had seven workmanlike carries. Vernon Davis, even older than Peterson at 34, sprang the 15-yard run on that drive with a key block.
Which Gruden likes his older guys?
Interestingly, he was wearing No. 26, Clinton Portis' old number. Peterson has always worn 28 previously, and that number is not taken by another player currently.
Peterson gets a B-plus for his effort Friday. Absolutely showed something. But will it be enough? Peterson hasn't been in town long, and it will be interesting to see just how much work Jay Gruden will give him in the final preseason game.
But it's entirely possible that he's their best early-down back. Samaje Perine has been banged up, coming off a tough rookie season. Rob Kelley has been quiet; he had four carries longer than 9 yards on his 62 runs.