Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson Makes NFL Network’s Top 100 of 2015
By Erich Becker
Ranking 22nd last year, the Arizona Cardinals’ starting CB Patrick Peterson was voted in as the 19th best player in the league in 2015.
While Top 100 (200, or on ward) lists are nothing new in this rankable sport, this list is chosen by fellow players showing just how much respect Peterson has earned. The four way “feud” between Joe Haden of the Cleveland Browns, Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks and former Cardinal Antonio Cromartie of the NY Jets certainly played into Peterson’s elevated profile, along with the Arizona Cardinals top 10 Defense in 2014.
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Peterson has been to four Pro Bowls in his career, including last season when he had, what many would consider, a down year after securing a new contract. Peterson had three interceptions, including a 30 yard return for a Touchdown in the November 9th contest against the St. Louis Rams when Carson Palmer was lost for the season with a torn ACL.
Patrick Peterson joins Calais Campbell (No. 99) as the only two Cardinals appearing on the list so far, with only 10 players remaining. It is no surprise that the choice come from the Cardinals defense which had a good 2014 season. If the offense stays healthy in 2015, you may see more of them make this list next year.
The ranking may seem a little bit high for Peterson, as previously mentioned, the former first round pick is coming off of a down year which only saw him intercept three passes, but play a pivotal role in a defense that kept his team in games as starting quarterbacks fell like dominos with the Cardinals using four quarterbacks over the course of the season, including rookie Logan Thomas and a resigned Ryan Lindley. While Peterson is definitely in the conversation for one of the best CBs in the league, and his contract would say that he is, I would have expected him in the 30-40 range when you look at the overall make-up of this offense-heavy league.
Top 100 Players of 2015 airs Wednesdays on NFL Network.