We got word last week that Adrian Peterson would be visiting Foxborough on the 3rd of April. I wasn’t really surprised because the Pats are in need of a bigger back like Peterson, but I just couldn’t see Peterson being a Patriot. We know that the Krafts have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to domestic abuse and things of the sort, so I’d think that Peterson would be automatically ruled out. I guess not because reports also came out that the team actually put him through a tryout. Now in my opinion, is what Adrian Peterson did to his son really that bad? Was it child abuse or was it just “tradition?”
If you look at some of the pictures of the wounds on his son’s body you can tell he beat him extremely hard. Is this excusable? No, but I don't think that everyone should look past him because of one incident. To answer the earlier question though, yes this was absolutely child abuse. Adrian, this isn’t your childhood, you can’t go around beating kids with switches anymore. I don't know if he actually thought it was an ok thing to do or not but in the end he was definitely in the wrong.
Alright, say we put his off the field issues to the side, is he even a viable running back anymore? Peterson had 1,485 rushing yards in 2015, but tore his meniscus in Week 2 this past season. AP has a history of injuries and is also very old for a running back. He’s had surgery on just about every part of his body, and with his age who knows if he could bounce back. If the Patriots sign AP it would just be a temporary fix to the running back problem in New England. They should start to look at the draft for guys like Texas' D'Onta Foreman, who could be a permanent solution. Peterson may be a hall of famer but in my opinion, he’s too much of a risk to take.