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Patrick Peterson’s focus is on becoming a shutdown corner

Ray Horton,  Patrick Peterson, Michael Floyd AP

Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson was one of the NFL’s best rookies last season, but that was because of what he did on special teams, not what he did on defense. This season Peterson wants to change that.

Peterson, who tied the NFL record for punt return touchdowns in a season with four last year, told Jim Rome on Rome that his goal for the 2012 season is to become one of the league’s elite cornerbacks in addition to being one of the league’s elite return men.

“I’m definitely looking to make a huge mark at the cornerback position,” Peterson said. “I’m definitely looking to make my mark as a shutdown corner this year.”

Peterson talked about the way covering Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald in practice has prepared him for covering the best receivers in the NFL, and he said he believes he’s going to be capable of covering anyone he faces in his second season.

“I’m 10 times more comfortable and have 10 times more confidence in myself going into Year Two,” Peterson said.

Peterson clearly has the confidence to be an elite cornerback. And he has the talent, too.

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7 Responses to “Patrick Peterson’s focus is on becoming a shutdown corner”
  1. jumboli says: Jul 30, 2012 7:45 PM

    No better way to practice than to go up against Fitz every day. Cards D is gonna be tough this year.

  2. flutieflakes says: Jul 30, 2012 8:37 PM

    Love this guy. He was awesome to watch last year. Only going to get better I hope.

  3. charleslouis99 says: Jul 30, 2012 10:02 PM

    I know I’ve seen this story here before

  4. walter0247 says: Jul 31, 2012 12:06 AM

    Really? Patrick Peterson wants to be a shutdown corner? I just read something last week about how he wanted to get cut and become a vacuum salesman.

  5. kingdm8 says: Jul 31, 2012 1:22 AM

    Peterson improved greatly as a cover guy over the last half of the season. Conincidentally, the D greatly improved as the Cards went 7-2 down the stretch. With Peterson and Gay at the corner spots and Rhodes and Wilson at the safeties, this should be one of the better secondaries in the NFL this season.

  6. justwannawinna says: Jul 31, 2012 7:23 AM

    Peterson reminds me of a champ Bailey, deion Sanders this kid has a bright future. Hope he loved up to his potential

  7. 11jlacy says: Jul 31, 2012 2:11 PM

    Lsu the sec it dont get no better than that.

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