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Bill Belichick praises Adrian Peterson ahead of Sunday's matchup vs. Saints

Ryan Hannable
September 12, 2017 - 3:29 pm

It's pretty clear Bill Belichick has a lot of respect for Saints running back Adrian Peterson.

Speaking on a conference call Tuesday, Belichick acknowledged the Patriots had him visit Gillette Stadium as a free agent this spring.

"We brought him in here this spring. I've had some interaction with him," he said. "I have a lot of respect for him. I have a lot of respect for the way that he plays. I have a lot of respect for how hard he works, how important the game is to him. Those are the things that I admire about Adrian."

Peterson ultimately signed with the Saints, who the Patriots will face this Sunday in New Orleans. In his debut Monday night, Peterson had just 18 yards on six carries.

The Patriots know they have to be ready for Peterson's power.

“Obviously a great player -- big, strong runner who does an excellent job of really pressing the line of scrimmage before he gets his cut and gets downhill into the line of scrimmage,” defensive coordinator Matt Patricia said on a conference call Tuesday. “A guy like this can take the ball anywhere. He can go inside. He can go outside. He can cut it all the way back. He does a great job in space, does a great job with the stiff-arm, running through arm tackles, and really does a good job of taking minimal opportunities and trying to make them into big plays.”

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