Minnesota Vikings Coach Leslie Frazier says he’s beginning to see Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III resemble the player that he was last season as a rookie, much like he saw Vikings running back Adrian Peterson get back into the groove in November last year in his return from a major knee injury.
“You can see he’s really looking more and more like the Robert from a season ago,” Frazier said in a conference call with Washington-area reporters Tuesday, with the Vikings set to host the Redskins on Thursday night in Minneapolis. “So he’s coming into his own. You can definitely see the difference.”
Frazier said that Peterson “really hit his stride” in November last season.
“We just tried to monitor his progress all along the way, you know, month by month, week by week, day-by-day,” Frazier said. “And as the doctors informed us and our medical staff informed us on how he was doing, we’d give him a little more work on the football field based on what we were hearing from the medical staff. And by the time we got to the regular season, we put him on a pitch count. We didn’t treat him like he was in Week 6 of a regular season because we had scaled things back in the preseason. We didn’t just throw him out there and say, ‘Go be the Adrian Peterson that’s 100 percent.’
“So we brought him along slowly and by November, boy, he had really hit his stride. He was the Adrian that we all knew. But we just kind of took it slow early and it worked out well for us.”
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Washington practices on Wednesday and then heads to Minnesota for Thursday’s 8:25 p.m. game.
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