Throughout training camp, it appeared as if running back Adrian Peterson was destined to once again have a role in Washington's offense for 2020. Then, just one day prior to the deadline for final roster cuts, the 14-year veteran was surprisingly released.
Despite understanding the business side of the NFL, it was a decision that caught Peterson off guard.
"It was an awkward situation," Peterson said in an exclusive interview with WUSA9's Darren Haynes. "It was like bam, I was cut, just like that with no notice."
Coming off a 2019 season in ran for 898 yards and five touchdowns while appearing in 15 games, he quickly found a new home in Detroit. Now in Week 10, as a member of the Lions, Peterson will have an opportunity to seek revenge as Washington comes to town.
Though the running back has earned numerous accolades throughout his career and continued to show his value, he can't deny that he has a little something extra to prove on Sunday.
“Of course there’s a little chip there," Peterson said. “Of course you get to realize what you let go. I would be lying to you to say that chip isn’t there.”
Peterson may be ready to show Washington what he's missing, but it doesn't mean he views his time with the organization any differently. Washington gave the veteran an opportunity to revitalize his career after bouncing around in 2017.
He'll always be forever grateful for that, and is excited to see a few of his favorite run blockers one more time.
"It was a great journey and great opportunity. They allowed me to show that I can still play this game at a high level," Peterson said, according to WUSA9. "I will always have love for the DMV area. It was critical for my career. It's a reason why I'm still playing in this league now at a high level."
"I can't wait to see guys like Brandon [Scherff] and Big Mo [Morgan Moses]," Peterson said. "Those are two guys that really opened up lanes for me. I have a lot of love for them."
In 2020, Peterson has rushed for 350 yards and two touchdowns in eight games, averaging a respectable 3.8 yards per carry. His bruising style of running and explosiveness have still been on display even as he goes through his age-35 season.
Against Washington, one can expect there will be a little extra juice in his legs each time he takes a handoff as he looks to put together another vintage "All Day" performance when facing off with his former team.