Mike McCarthy Is Talking Up Adrian Peterson
That hasn’t stopped the speculation though.
The Packers will be adding more running backs to their roster, which currently includes Ty Montgomery, Christine Michael and Don Jackson. Peterson could be one of them. Coach Mike McCarthy did nothing to kill that notion on Wednesday.
“We’re looking at all players,” McCarthy said. “Adrian Peterson obviously is someone we have great respect for, obviously playing him the number of times we have. We’re trying to improve our offense all the time. So as far as what’s going on, we don’t need to discuss those things publicly.
“But I think it’s obvious, if you look at our depth chart, I mean we have two running backs on our depth chart – two healthy running backs. So we’re going to have more running backs.”
Jackson is presumably the injured player. He went on injured reserve with a knee injury last November. However, the Packers did tender the former undrafted free agent, so they must think he’ll be able to to play during the upcoming season.
That still doesn’t mean the position couldn’t use another top-of-the-line back to pair with Montgomery. Michael and Jackson haven’t proven that they’re capable of filling that role and the Packers are clearly looking for a one-two punch in the ground game.
We’d still bet on that player coming out of the draft, but the longer Peterson waits to find a new home, it seems more likely that home could be in Green Bay.