Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Last year’s performance by Adrian Peterson was absolutely amazing, but this is the type of production that he has put up throughout his career. The Minnesota Vikings know that he’s the focal point of their offense, and they will continue to feed him the ball.
Yes, opposing defenses will place most of their attention on stopping Peterson. This won’t impact his success, however, as this isn’t anything new.
With another year of experience, quarterback Christian Ponder should start to show signs of improvement. This combined with the additions of Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson should help create more running room for Peterson.
Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
The Tennessee Titans focused most of their offseason resources on upgrading the talent along the offensive line. They signed Andy Levitre to a big-money deal, drafted Chance Warmack with the No. 10 overall pick in the draft and added center Brian Schwenke in the fourth round.
Warmack is the key addition, as he shows the potential to immediately become a dominant force up front. The combination of these additions will help Chris Johnson regain his form. Johnson quietly had a good year last season, despite dealing with an absolutely terrible offensive line.
Tennessee should also continue to make Johnson the focal point of the offense. Jake Locker has yet to show the consistency needed for the coaching staff to feel comfortable about his ability as a quarterback.
Sleeper: C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
C.J. Spiller averaged six yard per attempt last season. The combination of his explosiveness and ability to contribute in the passing game makes him a special playmaker. Look for the Buffalo Bills’ new coach, Doug Marrone, to get Spiller the ball as much as possible.
The key here is Fred Jackson, as the more carries he steals from Spiller, the less likely it is that the latter lands a spot on the All-Pro team.
Bills quarterback Kevin Kolb had this to say about Spiller in a recent interview:
"Explosive," Kolb replied with a smile after Wednesday's voluntary workout at One Bills Drive. "Yeah, super-explosive. He's truly a bounce in every step, and there's very few of those around."