When I read last night that the Arizona Cardinals plan on using Patrick Peterson on offense, it really came as no surprise to me given his athleticism and the fact he’s done it before. We all know what a talent he is at cornerback and as a punt returner. He’s made the Pro-Bowl in each of his first two seasons, one for each position. Is the offense next? I was surprised to hear word there are a great number of plays in the playbook for him on offense.
Personally, I believe it is a great idea to use him more on the offensive side. He can pass, he can throw, he can catch. He’s fast and has great hands. He’d make a great receiver. Many critics aren’t comfortable with the weapons the Cards have on offense right now outside of receiver Larry Fitzgerald. I don’t think the Cards are doing it because of the critics however I do think they recognize the talent and the advantage of having an athlete like him on the field.
The big question is though, just how much is too much for him? You don’t want the guy playing both ways full time. Clearly his focus still needs to be on defense and special teams. What if though he runs several offensive plays and he turns out to be the weapon we all hope he can be there? It would be hard to deny him the chance and deny the Cards the opportunity to make big plays if you know he can make them.
It will be very interesting to see how the Cards fit him into the offensive plans. There are hundreds of plays in the playbook. Just because they are there doesn’t mean they are run.