Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is a beast, but real always recognizes real. And when Peterson looks at Chicago Bears outside linebacker Pernell McPhee, he sees a beast.
Peterson said McPhee stands out on film like "a man among children," according to Zach Zaidman of the Bears Radio Network.
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Chicago's starting inside linebackers lead the team in tackles, but McPhee is third on the list with a total of 30 stops this season (24 solo, three for loss). The outside linebacker, signed in free agency this spring, has become the Bears' best pass-rusher with 4.0 sacks. McPhee has also intercepted a pass this year.
This is McPhee's first season as a full-time starter. The former fifth-round draft pick spent four seasons as a reserve with the Baltimore Ravens. Now he has a player of Peterson's caliber pointing him out to the media; that should seriously boost McPhee's rep around the league.