Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson made a surprising appearance at OTA’s on Monday
Just as we were saying we wouldn’t see Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson until the team’s mini-camp next week, he shows up. The Cardinals opened the final round of OTA’s on Monday with him.
Good for him for showing up. It doesn’t matter what the motivation was. It was reported that it could have been monetary since he and others were due workout bonuses for showing up.
If that’s what it took to get him to team headquarters on Monday, so be it. With a new staff in place and new teammates, it is so important for Peterson to show some leadership and show some pride in his job.
He clearly showed that on Monday. Peterson, who must sit out the first six weeks of the 2019 regular season due to PED’s and trying to mask it, appeared to be all smiles judging by the pictures coming out of Tempe.
He still has a long way to go to earn some respect back from fans but this was a good first step. He was under no obligation to show up to OTA’s since they are voluntary. He had already said he would be at the mandatory mini-camp next week.
Peterson again apologized on Monday. There really isn’t much more he can do except be a good teammate and show up to all meetings and practices.
Peterson will be able to attend all meetings and practices in training camp and will be able to play in all preseason games. He will be eligible to return on October 20th at the New York Giants.
For now, Peterson is here. We can move on talking about the rest of the team. Let’s hope this is all behind us now.
According to azcentral.com reporter Bob McManaman, the Cardinals owe six other players workout bonuses as well. They include cornerback Robert Alford, defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, long snapper Aaron Brewer, offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert, and centers Mason Cole and A.Q. Shipley.