Preseason games for the entire NFL start next week, which means we'll be greeted with a wave of reports on which starters will play and which will sit out in the ramp up to the regular season.
"Maybe I'm itching a little more this offseason," Peterson said, via Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune. "Plus, I don't know how they do things. If the starters go out there and play no matter what, then I'm buttoning up and I'm going. But when that time comes, we'll talk a little more about it."
Coming off a season in which he played just three games due to injury, Peterson said he's healthy and that knocking the rust off during preseason contests could help further his learning of Sean Payton's offense.
"I'm healthy, without a doubt," Peterson said. "I'm not exactly where I want to be, but I'm working towards that and working extremely hard. In my mind, it's just each day working on the little things that are going to make you better."
The question for Payton will be whether he thinks deploying Peterson on Thursday against the Cleveland Browns is worth the injury risk.
"I feel pretty comfortable with where I think he is," Payton said. "I've seen drills where we've cranked it up where he's been in and then periodically we'll hold him back. Right now, that's further down on the list of my concerns because I feel like I've seen a few [good] series."
Stay tuned for future updates on Peterson's preseason journey and that of many other high-profile players.
Here's a rundown of what we learned from Saturday's NFL training camps:
- Adam Gase confirmed he talked with Jay Cutler about possibly joining the Miami Dolphins if Ryan Tannehill undergoes ACL surgery. The entire situation remains in limbo. It's unclear if Cutler wants to return. If so, at what price? The team also hasn't even decided if Tannehill will go under the knife and there's no timetable for his return.
The Dolphins are off Sunday, so unless Cutler comes out and says he doesn't want to play, this situation could linger into next week.
Coach Vance Joseph gave a politically neutral answer when assessing the play of Simian and Paxton Lynch.
"I saw from Trevor that he was very consistent with his ball placement. He had one ball knocked down [by Adam Gotsis], not his fault, but very solid," Joseph said. "Paxton, outside the interception, was very solid. Again, his best play of the day was called back. That would have been a pretty good drive for him. Very solid for both guys."
"Matt has taken this situation with his contract in stride," Quinn said, via the Detroit Free Press. "It doesn't bother him, it doesn't me. I'm confident we'll get something done. There's a long way to go on that, but it's good on both sides."
We've traversed this wilderness before, but it's worth restating Stafford owns all the leverage in contract talks.
If Agholor lives up to that hype, could that make Matthews -- the Eagles' best receiver last year -- trade bait?
This dispatch came Friday:
Buy shares of Hill, fantasy friends.
Bad news: fifth-round running back T.J. Logan dislocated his wrist and will be out 12 weeks after surgery.