Pro Football Focus left Adrian Peterson off their list of the top 101 players in the NFL from the 2015 season.
While PFF analyst Sam Monson conceded that Peterson “may still be the best pure runner in the league with the ball in his hands,” he pointed to Peterson’s fumbles in 2015, his lower frequency of broken tackles and his limitations in the passing game as reasons for his exclusion.
“His 2.3 yards per carry after contact was bettered by 28 other runners. Twenty-five other running backs broke tackles at a higher rate,” Monson wrote in this explanatory piece. “And of course he is bad enough as a blocker and receiver that he effectively is only a two-down player that doesn’t even see the field in the most critical situations for the Vikings.”
Peterson's $11 million for the 2016 season is guaranteed.