As Joe Mixon begins his transition from college football to the NFL, the former Oklahoma running back plans to train with one of the best players in Sooners history.
Mixon said Tuesday he will spend about two weeks training with Saints running back Adrian Peterson at Peterson’s O Athletik health club in Houston.
“It’ll be fun,” Mixon told ESPN. “He’s going to push me and I’ll push him.”
Both have also dealt with off-field issues stemming from 2014 incidents. Mixon was suspended the entire 2014 season after punching a woman in the face during an argument at a Norman, Okla., eatery. Peterson was forced to sit out the 2014 NFL season after he was indicted on child abuse charges after using a switch to discipline his then-4-year-old son.
Besides missing several weeks of 49ers OTA sessions, Thomas also won’t be cleared in time to participate in San Francisco’s first two minicamp practices.
The No. 3 overall pick in this year’s draft, Thomas is trying to compensate for his absence by training on his own and keeping in regular contact with 49ers defensive line coach Jeff Zgonina and the strength and conditioning staff. Thomas said he expects to play end in base downs and slide inside to three-technique for pass-rush situations, although the 49ers also told him to learn the “LEO” position as a weak-side edge rusher “just in case because anything is possible.”
Thomas used some of his time away from the 49ers to hone his craft receiving guidance with one of the NFL’s all-time best pass rushers in Dallas. The recently-retired DeMarcus Ware made such a personal impact during a 90-minute workout and other personal interaction that Thomas changed his 49ers jersey from No. 96 to No. 94 to pay homage to his new mentor.
“It was a really cool experience to learn from him,” Thomas Jerseys For Cheap said. “He taught me some crazy stuff. His technique is amazing. I was trying to take it all in. I’m texting him so hopefully I can do it again sometime.”