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Expect the Saints to move on without Peterson

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Adrian Peterson thought he was going to be the back-up to Mark Ingram when he signed a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints in the off-season. When he was a member of the Minnesota Vikings, he was used to being the guy.

Now, Peterson, whose on his last legs as an NFL running back, is the third-string back for the Saints. During the team’s bye week, it would not be surprising if he asked to be released.

Adrian Peterson (Getty Images)

Adrian Peterson (Getty Images)

He had just six snaps against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London, England. He had four carries for four-yards in the game.

Through four-games with the team, he has 81 rushing yards. He also has four receiving yards.

Head coach Sean Payton has primarily used a two-running back system. Ingram is the featured back and rookie Alvin Kamara has replaced Peterson on the depth chart.

Kamara, who has shown glimpses of being their top back, has 83 rushing yards and a touchdown. He also has a 147 receiving yards and a touchdown.

With the emergence of Kamara, Payton is expected to call his number more. That would leave Peterson on the bench, a spot he has been looking on from much of the first month of the season.

If the Saints release Peterson, the Saints would have some dead cap space on their hands. But they’d rid themselves of a potential Hall of Fame back, who may have played his last game in the NFL — and has shown very little as to why he should play.

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