Patrick Peterson already making his new teammates mad in Minnesota

(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) Patrick Peterson
(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) Patrick Peterson /

Former Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson has been making his presence felt during his first few weeks with the Minnesota Vikings.

When the Arizona Cardinals trot onto the field for their Week 1 matchup against the Tennesse Titans in the upcoming season, it’s going to be odd to see someone other than Patrick Peterson wearing the No. 21 jersey for the first time since 2010.

Instead, Malcolm Butler will be suiting up with the No. 21 on his uniform for the Cardinals this year, and Peterson will be putting on the purple and gold jersey of the Minnesota Vikings.

Peterson has been taking part in the majority of the Vikings‘ OTA practice sessions during the last few weeks to help with his transition to his new team. On Tuesday, we learned that the former Arizona cornerback is already bringing out the best in some of his new Minnesota teammates.

Patrick Peterson making an impact on Minnesota Vikings in first year away from Arizona Cardinals

On Tuesday, Peterson and the rest of the Vikings’ roster took the field at their practice facility for their first day of this year’s mandatory minicamp.

After the practice, Minnesota wide receiver Adam Thielen spoke to some members of the media and he shared what it’s been like to face the former Cardinals corner in practice for the last few weeks.

"“He’s definitely making me better and challenging me. [He’s also] making me mad because he’s breaking up balls and things like that.But I think it’s great. Obviously, it makes me dial in my game, really focus, and be attentive to detail.”"

After 10 years with Arizona, Peterson will be attempting to see if his 30-year-old body can still get the job done as one of the top cornerbacks for the Vikings.

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We know he’s motivated to prove his doubters wrong next season (especially in Arizona). But will Peterson do just that and actually prove his doubters wrong in 2021?