"I wasn't pushing to be moved, but I'd be lying to say I didn't want a change of scenery", Peterson said, according to The Arizona Republic.
Adrian Peterson's time in New Orleans had come to a crossroads.
Peterson, who was traded from the Saints this week for a conditional late-round pick, will get the football often on Sunday despite only having a few days of practice with the Cardinals, coach Bruce Arians indicated.
"Obviously, it's frustrating for him to not be able to get the reps that he was accustomed to getting and I think what he had hoped for and planned for.", Saints quarterback Drew Brees said.
But Payton asserted there was no intent to marginalize Peterson because of his attitude, in much the same way the coach insisted his relationship with Brandin Cooks was fine when he traded the receiver to New England in the first offseason after Cooks complained about a lack of passes being thrown to him. "I'm always going to compete, never shy away from competition, never shy away from anything", Ingram said. "When I go out there I'm always putting my best foot forward and I feel like it will speak for itself".
"I have so much left". And I'm hoping that he goes and proves it in Arizona.
Adrian Peterson is giving all glory to God when it comes to his trade to Arizona - saying Jesus came through for him when he was stuck on the Saints bench. Turning 30 usually is a death sentence for running backs, but Peterson ran for 1,485 yards and 11 TDs, leading the league in both categories. In four games, Peterson had 27 carries for 81 yards, numbers he would post on a bad afternoon in Minnesota.
"These are all hypotheticals", Payton said.
"I really appreciate the time with him". "Anything I needed to know, he was an open book and I was thankful for that". But Payton offered a vote of confidence to undrafted rookie Trey Edmunds, who made the team as a special teams regular and Daniel Lasco, a 2016 seventh-round draft pick now on practice squad. "It was something I was praying about".
Said Ingram: "I'm happy for him". Four games into the season, Ingram had played 52.5 percent of the snaps, up from the 46 percent he played a year ago.