We've almost made it. The 2017 NFL season is days away.
In an interview with Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune this week, Peterson didn't downplay facing his former team to start the season.
"In my mind, we're starting and ending the season in Minnesota," Peterson said, referring to Super Bowl LII being played in Minneapolis. "Of course I want to stick it to them. I want to stick it to everyone we play. But going back to Minnesota, playing the Vikings? Yeah, I want to stick it to them."
Peterson played in just three games last season while dealing with injuries. In the brief time he did see the field, the 32-year-old struggled behind a porous offensive line. He averaged 1.9 yards per carry on 37 totes.
"Whatever floats their boat," Peterson said. "Teams run different styles of offense. The Saints are a dominant pass team. But they're trying to be more balanced, so Sean [Payton] pursued me. I know what I can do. Whatever Minnesota feels like will advance them, they should go for it. I am."
Sharing the backfield in New Orleans could help elongate Peterson's career and keep him fresh down the stretch in 2017. But there is no question he'd enjoy getting the bulk of the carries Week 1 and shoving it down the throat of his former teammates.