Lions Running Back Depth Chart After Adrian Peterson Signing

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Not long after his surprising release from Washington, Adrian Peterson has found a new home. The 35-year-old is inking a one-year deal with the Lions, according to multiple reports.

“They’re giving me an opportunity to play. I know coach (Darell) Bevell from my days in Minnesota,” Peterson said (via Josina Anderson). “Ultimately I feel comfortable going there and helping them to get better.”

Several teams were interested in the Peterson, who spent the majority of his career in the NFC North division playing for Vikings. The 2007 No. 7 overall pick has rushed for 14,216 yards in his career and he’ll look to further expand on that figure in Detroit.

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Lions Running Back Depth Chart

D’Andre Swift, who was selected in the second round of the 2020 draft, sits atop the Lions’ depth chart. Smith has been dealing with undisclosed injuries during camp and missing time doesn’t bode well for him. The rookie is dynamic and he’ll make a bevy of special plays, though Peterson’s arrival chips away at his ceiling.

Kerryon Johnson was the other back in what looked like a two-headed timeshare. Now, it may be three, and Johnson, who was the Lions’ second-round pick in 2018, looks like an even less desirable fantasy option.

Bo Scarbrough, who rushed for 377 yards as a rookie last year, and hybrid weapon Ty Johnson will also compete for touches. The running situation in Detroit is one to steer away from.

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