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Peterson: I'm chasing 2,500

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Many were in awe of Adrian Peterson's 2,000-yard season in 2012, but the Minnesota Vikings' MVP was not one of them.

He told NFL Network and Sports Illustrated the bar is much, much higher after he nearly chased down the single-season record of 2,105 yards set by Eric Dickerson in 1984.

In a game played 370 days after Peterson tore his ACL at Washington to end his 2011 season, he rushed for 199 yards in the regular-season finale to finish last season with 2,097 yards.

The goal this year equates to more than 156 yards per game.

"It's not something I'm going to focus on early. I'll let the chips fall where they may. I've got my bar set for 2,500 yards," Peterson said. "If I can go over that, the record will be shattered. But ultimately I want a couple rings. You gotta start at one."

The Vikings traded Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks, but also aggressively added weapons around Peterson. The Vikings acquired Greg Jennings in free agency and drafted Cordarrelle Patterson in the first round to bolster a lackluster receiving corps that relied heavily on tight end John Carlson during Harvin's nine-game injury hiatus last season.
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