7. Adrian Peterson was the biggest bargain.
He wasn’t galloping and juking out defenders like he used to, but he looked like he has plenty of treads on those tires in Week 1. This is why it paid to watch preseason football, folks. Peterson grabbed plenty of carries in those later preseason games and those who were savvy in their draft probably landed Peterson late as their RB3 or RB4 when others were contemplating on which borderline TE1/TE2 to get as their starter. Here’s the best thing, Peterson’s not competing with any other back. Chris Thompson is still the third-down back but the Redskins leaned on his running to carry it 26 times for 96 yards and score his 100th career touchdown. Hardly numbers to etch him a spot in the hall of fame, he’s just padding his stats for that honor now. But he finished Sunday fourth in rushing yards, where three of the other four backs were playing in their second season or less. Arizona lost many key players on what used to be a stout run defense, but if Peterson can ball like this and play close to 16 games, he’s well on his way to 8th 1,000 yard season. And to think, he was out there for any team to bring in.
8. Will the owners of these players please start shopping on the waiver wire?
• Greg Olsen injured the same foot that kept him from playing 2/3s of the 2017 season. It’s not looking good and Ian Thomas would be his replacement.
• Doug Baldwin – has grade-2 partial MCL sprain in the knee opposite of the one that was slowing him down that he admitted before the season that he’d be playing less than 100 percent this season. Again, not looking good for the Seahawks offense, nor Russell Wilson owners. Paging Will Dissly… Paging Will Disney
• DeSean Jackson – suffered a concussion after catching two touchdowns against the Saints. He’s going to enter protocol and will be a developing story. Chris Godwin got some better looks as a result and this might be the break he needs to get significant snaps opposite of Mike Evans.
• Marquise Goodwin – injured his quad against the Vikings but should not be out for an extended period of time.
• Leonard Fournette – got the dreaded hamstring strain, which means that Fournette is mentally ready for Week 2 but doesn’t mean his body is. All hamstring injuries are not created equal and can linger, so if you didn’t handcuff him to T.J. Yeldon, it’s time to dive into the waiver wire to carry you through the next few weeks.