Arizona Cardinals Changing Course With Patrick Peterson


Dec 22, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) tackles Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) during the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson is a versatile athlete.  We know how great he is in the defensive backfield.  We know how great he can be returning punts, although the past couple of seasons have not been as exciting as his first.  We also know what kind of dynamic he provides when he shows up as a wide receiver on offense.  However from the sounds of it, Peterson may solely focus on his defensive abilities in 2014.

Head coach Bruce Arians pretty much shut the door on his offensive days being done and sounded as if there was a consideration with his punt return days being numbered as well.  He didn’t completely shut down his punt return days in the future but clearly with the amount of existing and incoming talent that can provide at that position, it would be no shock to see Peterson just play corner from now on.

The Cards drafted and just signed wide receiver John Brown.  He is a speedster known for his return game.  There is also receiver Ted Ginn Jr who is just as dangerous in the return game.  With now having other guys on the roster than can return punts, why would you run Peterson out there and risk further injury?  Peterson is just getting better and better at corner and with all the talk of him getting a possible contract extension soon, the move just makes sense.  Although I will miss seeing all the things Peterson can do, I would miss him at corner the most if he did in fact get injured in one of those other roles.