In six weeks, Adrian Peterson will make the 90-minute drive from the Twin Cities to Mankato for his 10th training camp with the Vikings.

Peterson says he does not typically look forward to those long, steaming-hot summer practices. But with the Vikings seemingly poised to compete for a Lombardi Trophy this season, Peterson said today that he is actually looking forward to reporting to Mankato — well, at least a little bit.

“I’ll probably be a little more excited, but I’m never excited to go to training camp. It’s always until I drive into Mankato and it’s like, ‘OK, the reality is there. It’s time to start,’” the 31-year-old running back said. “But I am excited as far as what we have and the vision that we have for this season. So that will make it a lot better going into camp this year.”

Assessing the level of talent and passion the Vikings have on the roster at this week’s three-day minicamp, Peterson said the team shouldn’t be shy about its aspirations of making it to the Super Bowl in Houston. And he playfully said that if anyone hasn’t yet bought in, they should pack their bags.

“We have a long way to go, but we have the pieces of what it takes to accomplish that. So there’s nothing wrong with saying it,” Peterson said. “If any other guy on this team don’t feel that way, we should trade him and bring somebody in that feels that [we can win a title]. We all know what we are trying to accomplish and I feel like we have what it takes.”

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