City Pages gets belated memo: This Peterson kid can play
As things stand, Robert Smith is the top running back in Minnesota Vikings history. But let's do some number crunching. In his first two NFL seasons, Smith rushed for 505 yards. By contrast, consider Adrian Peterson. In his first five games, the rookie has rushed for 607 yards.
Sure, Smith was injured for much of his early career. But the numbers are clear: If Peterson can stay healthy, he's going to be really, really great. Don't believe Peterson is the second (or first!) coming? Geography doesn't lie.