After having signed future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson on Monday, the injury-depleted Washington Redskins are now looking at him making an immediate impact.
In speaking to the media a day after signing Peterson, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden indicates that the veteran could very well make his debut with the team Friday night against the Denver Broncos.
“Looks explosive. Big, strong and fast,” Gruden said while also noting that he’d like to give Peterson some work this week.
Following the season-ending ACL injury to rookie Derrius Guice, Washington acted fast in bringing in a proven veteran. Though, at 33 years old and having not performed at even an adequate clip since the 2015 season, there’s a lot of questions surrounding Peterson’s ability to make an impact.
Giving him some run with Alex Smith and the Skins’ first-team offense against an elite-level Broncos defense Friday could be telling. At the very least, a strong performance from Peterson might lead to him starting Week 1.