“He Is Still Explosive”

April 24th, 2017

Bucs WR talks Adrian Peterson.

Last week, America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, was effusive in his praise of future Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson and was clear about how he “absolutely” would like to hand the ball off to him.

Whether that ever happens is, at this time, an unknown. What we do know is Jameis said Peterson’s work ethic and how he attacked workouts he did with Jameis this spring in Houston left a lasting impression.

Another player who participated in those same workouts was Pro Bowl receiver Mike Evans.

Joe asked Evans today, when Evans stood before the local pen and mic club at One Buc Palace, if Evans took anything away from sweating with the Vikings legend and current free agent. Evans, too, was impressed.

“When we were going up this hill — we were racing up the hill,” Evans explained about a Walter Payton-like regime Peterson has for his personal workouts. “We went at it 15 times and I think I got him once or twice and he is, like, 31? Something like that. And I’m 23. So yeah, he was letting me have it. He is still explosive. He still [has] it. It was great to be around [Peterson] and to learn from.”

Peterson is actually 32, but Evans said Peterson didn’t appear to be anywhere close to 30 by the way he attacked his workouts.

“It was great being around him,” Evans said. “I think he is the top three backs to ever do it. He could be No. 1 at the end of his career.

“It was just fun being around him.”

While on face value this is sort of intriguing, let’s remember that working out is a far cry from performing in games. One can be a total beast in the gym and run like Usain Bolt and lift like an Olympic champion, but that doesn’t always transfer to the football field. As Warren Sapp famously said, you don’t pump weights on the 50-yard line.

Anyone remember how Tiki Barber worked out like a demon years ago in an effort to reboot his football career? He’s still looking for that elusive job offer.

It’s the brutal reality of both football and life that Father Time is a SOB and is undefeated. He has scoreboard.

21 Responses to ““He Is Still Explosive””

  1. Buc Dat Says:

    If we don’t draft Rb in top 2 picks then I would like him to sign with us

  2. Joeypoppems Says:

    If we reach round 4 and still don’t have a rookie RB, then they are interested in one of 2 options:

    1) Giving Doug Martin a 2nd chance
    2) Signing Adrian Peterson

    And I doubt they will do both of these.

  3. Tom Edrington Says:

    Notice that this guy has visited several teams and walked out without a deal….too much mileage on those tires…..he’s not getting hit in the knees during those fancy workouts either……

    Go young or go home at running back.

  4. uckinator Says:

    It will pump up my interest. Watch him break one. Would he have anything left in the tank ? Injuries are a worry, but if he’s not expensive, sign him. Remember, He sat out a year due to the league repremending him. Last year wasn’t a big year due to injury, There’s that pesky injury word again.

  5. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Speaking of Sapp…maybe we can draft Jabril Peppers now in the later rounds now that he failed a drug test.

  6. DB55 Says:

    I’d much rather roll with Peyton Barber or Mack (USF) or even McCaffrey than a 32 yr old injury prone Adrian Peterson.

    Perennial losers.

  7. Pickgrin Says:

    A low risk. team friendly, incentive laden contract to bring AP to the Bucs would be a no brainer if I was the GM. No matter who we draft or what Doug Martin’s status is.

    If a talent like AP says he has plenty left to give and wants to play for your team and looks good in workouts – you accommodate the man and be glad he wants to end his career here.

    We were down to our 4th and 5th RBs last year pretty early on. Why the hell not bring in a talent like AP and let him compete. Odds are decent that he will make you VERY glad you did. I imagine it all comes down to $ realistically. Its not like we are hurting for salary cap space though…

  8. MrNolesAllDay Says:

    DYNAMIC DALVIN in the 1st
    POT HEAD PEPPERS in the 2n
    Lets BALL
    Everyone happy now 😊

  9. Nick2 Says:

    I remember the year he sat out I remember the year he said out for the domestic violence charges and everyone was saying how later and his life he will be a very fresh 30 year old something running back. That’s what he is right now that’s what he is right now he might be the best free agent available.

  10. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Speaking again of Warren Sapp… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIV_Rqwk5aw

  11. Miko Says:

    i dont think speed is any issue…he’d be a 2 down back for between the tackles and short yardage work, what Bucs need…

  12. DallasBuc Says:

    Sign AP
    Make Mixon a Buc
    Win playoff games

  13. mike10 Says:

    He’s about to sign w the Saints!!!…

  14. mike10 Says:

    That’s not good!

  15. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    God dang it. looks like Saints are giving him 3 million a year.

  16. Rob Says:

    Watch he’s going to have a fantastic year

  17. bucs_365 Says:

    Yawn… Joe is the only one still beating the drum for Adrian Peterson.

  18. Stpetebucsfan Says:


    Exactly!!! Nobody knows what kind of season AP will have next year. Like EVERY player in the league he represents a certain amount of gamble. So Licht looks at the odds and then decides the max he’s willing to throw in the pot. But if AP is at a decent price you simply have to sign him….if not…good luck AP.

  19. NFLNut Says:

    I LOVE Adrian Peterson but he is NOT “top 3” all-time … Jim Brown, Barry Sanders, Walter Payton, Emmitt Smith, Marshall Faulk and Ladanian Tomlinson are all ahead of him … he’s #7 at best right now.

  20. SB Says:

    LOLOLOLOL So now we don’t have Adrian Peterson but we have to stop him 2 times a year. Irony is a mother Joker 😁

  21. SB Says:

    Still laughing about his early comments about only wanting to play for a contender.
    I guess that stuff went right out the window