Legendary NFL running back Adrian Peterson said he knew what he was signing up for in New Orleans, but probably not if it was for a paltry amount of snaps in a game.
"I didn't sign up for nine snaps, though. But unfortunately that's the way the game played out," Peterson told ESPN Thursday.
"In my mind, personally, I knew it was gonna take some adjusting. You know, me and Mark (Ingram) played in the last preseason game, and AK (rookie) didn't even play that game. So with all three of us being out there, I knew it would take a game or so to kind of get adjusted. So we'll see how things (go) this week."
Monday night in Minnesota Peterson had just six carries for 18 yards on nine total snaps, as the Saints were forced to abandon the run throughout the fourth quarter of their 29-19 loss.
Peterson, 32, insisted that he doesn't consider himself the type of running back who needs a high volume of carries to get into a rhythm, though, wrote ESPN.
"I can get it started at any point in the game," said Peterson, who pointed out that he ran for 9 yards on the first play of Monday's game. "So I'm not that type of guy. I can take it the distance on the first play, I've done that in the past before. Just whenever it's in my hands, I know that's an opportunity to take it to the house."
"As for Payton's infamous sideline exchange with coach Sean Payton on Monday night -- which both player and coach insisted was not a heated exchange -- Peterson said the public and media reaction was 'definitely overdramatized.'
"Peterson, who explained Monday night that he was just urging Payton to run the ball up the Vikings' "donkey," said there was no need for him and Payton to clear the air, since they both knew "exactly what was said."