Adrian Peterson aiming for 2,000 yards rushing in 2019

By Jesse Reed
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Adrian Peterson is set to play out his age-34 season, but the Washington Redskins running back isn’t letting age define his goals.

Last year, his 13th as a pro, Peterson rushed for 1,042 yards. He surprised many with his ability to break through with explosive plays.

Now, he’s looking to improve, and not by a little bit: “If God’s willing, I can duplicate that and do it even better,” Peterson said, per Kevin Patra of NFL.com.

One of only seven running backs in the history of the NFL to eclipse 2,000 yards rushing in a single season (2012), Peterson is aiming to reach that elusive goal once more in 2019.

“I got my mark set at 2,000 (yards), I’ve always had it at that mark since I stepped into the league. So that’s where it’s at. But most importantly, I just want to contribute to the team and help this team win a championship.”

Peterson will have some fierce competition for carries this season in Washington. Second-year running back Derrius Guice is looking very strong in his recovery from an ACL tear that cost him his entire rookie campaign. Chances are, both backs will get plenty of action this coming season.

With that in mind, it’s more than a stretch to think Peterson will reach his goal of 2,000 yards on the ground in 2019.