Adrian Peterson: Exchange with Sean Payton about running routes

Adrian Peterson says a first-half sideline exchange Monday night with coach Sean Payton was simply Peterson suggesting the New Orleans Saints run the ball up the middle, which they then did.

At first, Peterson said the brief exchange, video of which circulated on the internet during the game, was “confidential” and “just communication.”

When asked more questions after the Saints’ 29-19 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, Peterson offered a clarification.

“One thing I said to him was, ‘Hey, let’s run this inside zone.’ And we came out and we ran that,” said Peterson, who joked that he might have been yelling, “I love you!

Watson made the most of it early, providing a spark with a touchdown drive capped by his short scoring throw to his fellow Clemsonite at wideout, DeAndre Hopkins. While taking four more sacks vs. the Jaguars, he managed to use his legs to escape a collapsing pocket (two rushes for 16 yards), something Savage is incapable of doing.

On a day Houston needed an uplifting victory on the strength of J.J. Watt and the defense, Bill O’Brien’s initial decision to play Savage cost the Texans more than a game. Now they’re staring at 0-1, with the prospect of preparing Watson to make his first professional start on a short week, on the road at Cincinnati on Thursday night.

The Bengals are very beatable, given Watt and friends will face an offense led by Andy Dalton that failed to score a point in Sunday’s 20-0 loss to Baltimore. But a prime-time Cheap Jerseys Custom game against a talented Cincinnati defense away from the comforts of home is far from an ideal spot to officially Cheap Jerseys China NHL throw Watson into the fire, even against the misfiring “Red Rifle.”

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