The Facts: According to ESPN.com's Mike Triplett, Peterson, 32, looked plenty fast and fluid on the practice field Thursday during the first Saints OTA practice session that was open to the media.
Diehards Line:But of course he did. Running backs usually look great during these non-padded, non-tackling practice sessions. Still, a few things were noteworthy about Peterson’s performance: First and foremost, he was out there at full speed -- and head coach Sean Payton noted that Peterson has been in New Orleans since the start of the offseason workout program. That wasn’t always the case with the Vikings, as Peterson often preferred to begin his spring training on his own in Houston. Peterson also took the bulk of first-team snaps since Mark Ingram was watching from the sideline with an unspecified injury issue. And perhaps most interesting, the Saints were installing their nickel offense -- so Peterson was catching several passes from Drew Brees out of the backfield. That has always been a small part of Peterson’s game but not a major part. ... So the first review is glowing. We'll see how that holds up in coming weeks.