Peterson jokes that McCoy “didn’t really mean it” about being best RB.
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has laughed off claims from Philadelphia Eagles star LeSean McCoy that he is the best in his position in the league.
McCoy claimed in an interview earlier this week that he believed he was the best running back in the NFL but it was Peterson’s reputation which keeps him on a pedestal with the league and fans.
While the Eagles star insisted that he respected his rival, he is confident that he should be regarded as the best in his position, particularly after making the Pro Bowl twice and leading the league in rushing yards last year.
Peterson conceded that he had watched the interview and laughed as he thinks that McCoy didn’t really mean it as he hesitated before answering.
“He didn’t really mean it,” Peterson said during an interview with Fox Sports Radio, as reported by ESPN.
“If you watched his response, [he didn’t mean it].”
“I’ve got to give the young guy credit because there is nothing wrong with having confidence in yourself,” Peterson said Tuesday. “But you’ve got to speak it with more truth. He’s a heck of a running back and I like his style, so I won’t get on him too much.”
Peterson rushed for 1,266 yards, 341 fewer than McCoy, last season and had 10 touchdowns in his seventh year in the NFL.
The six-time Pro Bowler made history in 2012 when he ran for 2,097 yards to full just eight yards short of Eric Dickerson’s single-season league record.
The Vikings ace is still regarded as the best running back in the NFL, but if the numbers are anything to go by in more recent times then McCoy may well have a case in his favour as he continues to develop his game.