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Adrian Peterson sounds totally energized by the Redskins' change to Bill Callahan

Adrian Peterson sounds totally energized by the Redskins' change to Bill Callahan

The smile almost fully flashed across his face, but Adrian Peterson stifled it. That didn’t stop him from robustly nodding his head before the question was completed, though. 

The Thursday inquiry from a reporter was meant to gauge Peterson’s mood and whether he’s feeling rejuvenated by interim coach Bill Callahan’s intention to commit more to the Redskins’ rushing attack. It was basically like asking an office worker if they like the idea of getting more vacation days. 

“I’m hyped about it,” Peterson said. “You look at the first four weeks that I played: 11, 12, 10, seven carries. Totally opposite from what we did last year when we were able to be more successful as a team.”

He may have gotten the order wrong, but Peterson’s memory of how many attempts he’s received each time out thus far is right on. That’s not luck or random; instead, it’s a hint into the frustration the future Hall of Famer feels regarding his role in 2019, as he’s made a point to keep a precise tally of how many times (or how few, in his mind) he’s getting the ball. 

Skeptics can look at No. 26’s production, however, and not blame the recently fired Jay Gruden for not sticking with Peterson. Overall, the 34-year-old is averaging just 2.7 yards per carry. His best single game total is a meager 37 yards. 

Yet Peterson and Callahan have both made clear they believe the struggles on the ground stem from not leaning on it enough. In fact, Peterson mentioned how there would be times under Gruden where he would feel like he was about to hit his stride, but then a handful of snaps would happen that didn’t involve him. 

Well, fortunately for Peterson, it sounds like Callahan will not forget about the veteran starting this Sunday in Miami. To put it simply, the running back better make sure his legs are nice and stretched and ready to go. 

“We just haven’t gotten enough into a rhythm to allow him to get lathered up and to really see what he can potentially do for the duration of a game,” Callahan, who earlier this week said rushing attempts is the statistic he values the most, told reporters on Thursday. 

Again, those questioning whether this grind-it-out attitude is best for Washington very well may have a point. To some, it’s outdated, and to others, it’s not worth investing more in because Peterson and a Trent Williams-less offensive line have done nothing to inspire hope that a breakthrough is near. 

Regardless of whether it’s the correct thing to emphasize, the truth is it certainly appears like it’s going to be emphasized. And it very well could work against a pathetic Dolphins defense that is last in the league when it comes to limiting opposing RBs. 

The mystery is whether it will pay off when facing more talented and stronger units, of which there are plenty on the Redskins’ remaining schedule beyond Week 6. What isn’t a mystery, on the other hand, is how Peterson is taking the coaching change and new approach. 

“I know I’ve noticed, and its been felt across the locker room, the tempo, the urgency in practice has changed,” Peterson said. “It reminds me of Minnesota or when I was out in New Orleans... This has been the best week of practice since I’ve been here.”

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Patriots' Julian Edelman invites DeSean Jackson to Holocaust Museum in D.C.

Patriots' Julian Edelman invites DeSean Jackson to Holocaust Museum in D.C.

DeSean Jackson's Instagram posts containing anti-Semitic quotes falsely attributed to Adolf Hitler has put the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver at the center of racial controversy. 

Jackson has since apologized for his actions and the Eagles released a statement condemning what their player did. Meanwhile, former NBA star Stephen Jackson has defended the wide receiver, saying Philadelphia "threatened to fire" DeSean over the incident and described his posts as "speaking the truth."

Another well-known athlete has now offered his thoughts on the situation in New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman. Edelman is Jewish, and while he acknowledged Jackson saying "ugly things," he wants to use this as an opportunity to educate.

In a video Edelman posted, he invited Jackson to tour the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., and in return, he would accompany Jackson to D.C.'s Museum of African-American History and Culture.

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“I think the black and Jewish communities have a lot of similarities,” Edelman said. “One unfortunate similarity is that they are both attacked by the ignorant and the hateful.

“We need to listen, we need to learn, we need to act,” he said. “We need to have those uncomfortable conversations, if we’re gonna have real change. So to that end, DeSean, let’s do a deal. How ’bout we go to D.C. and I take you to the Holocaust Museum, and then you take me to the Museum of African-American History and Culture. Afterward, we grab some burgers, and we have those uncomfortable conversations.”

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Edelman shared his own experience of anti-Semitism as well, but also made note of the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement. 

"I remember experiencing a little bit of this hate in 2011 when I was called a [expletive] on the football field," he said. "There's no room for anti-Semitism in this world. Even though we're talking about anti-Semitism, I don't want to distract from how important the Black Lives Matter movement is, how we need to stay behind it."

Since the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum began operations in 1993, the museum has seen over 40 million visitors from over 211 countries. The Museum of African-American History and Culture opened in 2016 and has since seen over two million visitors and has more than 40,000 objects in its collection. 

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Redskins Talk and Friends: How to watch

Redskins Talk and Friends: How to watch

Amid internal pressure from investors, last week the Washington Redskins announced they will conduct a 'thorough review' of their team name. 

On Thursday, the trio from the Redskins Talk podcast - JP Finlay, Mitch Tischler and Pete Hailey - will be joined by former Washington Redskins cornerback Fred Smoot at 5 p.m. on Thursday to talk about everything going on around the team's name.

Want to ask the group a question? Leave it in the event discussion on Facebook.

When: Thursday, July 9
Time: 5 p.m. ET
Where: NBC Sports Washington's Facebook page (click here)

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