In his introductory press conference, new Vikings quarterback Donovan McNabb alluded to the fact that he will be giving Adrian Peterson a chance to catch some footballs in 2011.
He likely wasn’t joking.
Last year, the Redskins fourth most productive receiver was reserve running back Keiland Williams with 39 receptions for 309 yards and two touchdowns.
In Mcnabb’s early years, it was Duce Staley that often the beneficiary of McNabb’s ability to check down to the running back and make plays happen out of the flats.
In 2003, Brain Westbrook took over as McNabb’s favorite target out of the backfield, and was second on the team in receptions (37) while leading the team in receiving touchdowns (4).
McNabb had found himself a new best friend.
In 2004, Westbrook’s reception total rocketed up to 73 catches for 703 yards and six touchdowns. All of those numbers were second only to Terrell Owens.
In 2005, 2006, and 2007 Westbrook ended up leading the Eagles in most of the important receiving stats, and it wasn’t until his skills began to decline while injuries piled up that his production went on the decline.
So, back to Adrian Peterson, I think that if he works half as hard at improving his pass catching ability as he did last offseason on ball control, then perhaps this offense found a combination that has the potential for spectacular things.
We know McNabb likes having a dependable outlet, and now it is Peterson’s job to make sure he is dependable.
If that happens, then I recommend getting both Peterson and McNabb on your fantasy football teams.