Adrian Peter­son makes case in D.C,

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Sto­ry­line of the week

All Day for Peter­son: It was ap­par­ent from Adrian Peter­son’s first carry in Week 3 of the pre­sea­son against the Bron­cos that he is eas­ily the best run­ning back on the ros­ter and should carry the of­fense on early downs. He also emerged as the pass­ing game led by QB Alex Smith looked to have lit­tle tim­ing or con­sis­tency. It will be in­ter­est­ing to see how quickly Peter­son can pick up dif­fer­ent con­cepts and schemes. He av­er­aged 3.4 yards per carry last sea­son for Ari­zona and New Or­leans, his worst sea­son av­er­age in which he has played 10 or more games.

Rookie watch

Sup­ple­men­tal draft pick and DB Ado­nis Alexan­der put on a show against the Bron­cos in what was his NFL de­but. He missed most of camp with an in­jury, so the sud­den pro­duc­tiv­ity is a wel­come sight for a de­fense al­ready deep in the sec­ondary. Strong play from Alexan­der puts the good kind of pres­sure on endof-ros­ter types such as DBs Joshua Holsey and Danny John­son.

Chris Rol­ing, Red­skins Wire

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