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Patrick Peterson says he’ll eventually be returning fewer punts

Larry Fitzgerald,  Patrick Peterson AP

As a rookie in 2011, Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson returned four punts for touchdowns.  Eventually, however, he’ll have fewer opportunities to chase Devin Hester’s all-time record of 12 career punt returns, and counting.

Peterson told a certain Internet hack with whom you may be familiar on Thursday’s edition of The Dan Patrick Show that the fifth pick in the 2011 draft eventually will be focusing more on cornerback and less on returning punts.

And that’s fine with Peterson.  He wants to be known as a cornerback, first.

Helping Peterson improve as a cornerback are his regular practice sessions against receiver Larry Fitzgerald.  Peterson regards Fitzgerald and Calvin Johnson as the best two receivers in the game.

But since the Cardinals didn’t face the Lions in 2011, the Peterson said the best receiver he faced was 49ers wideout Michael Crabtree.

This year, it’s unclear whether Peterson will face Crabtree again because the 49ers have five No. 1 receivers.

It’s also unclear whether Peterson will be returning punts in the first half or, say, in crunch time — where he has shown in the past that he can deliver victories with a timely trip to the house.

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11 Responses to “Patrick Peterson says he’ll eventually be returning fewer punts”
  1. superdanlp says: Aug 2, 2012 3:31 PM

    Why do they take all the talented returners off of the return duties? this logic sucks

  2. bucrightoff says: Aug 2, 2012 3:39 PM

    Too dangerous a returner to not give him chances. He’s like a bigger version of Devin Hester.

  3. sourcewithknowledgeofthesituation says: Aug 2, 2012 3:46 PM

    That statement, under all circumstances, is necessarily true…..

  4. randallflagg52 says: Aug 2, 2012 4:01 PM

    Patrick Peterson says he’ll eventually be returning fewer punts… and surrendering more TDs in coverage.

  5. rexryanschoolofpodiatry says: Aug 2, 2012 4:01 PM

    Cardinals should trade him to the Lions.

  6. ramsnation88 says: Aug 2, 2012 5:06 PM

    We St. Louis fans, thank the Cardinals for making this decision.

  7. dvdman123 says: Aug 2, 2012 5:48 PM

    The best receiver he faced in 2011 was Crabtree? Wow that’s not saying much.

  8. 6ringofsteel says: Aug 2, 2012 5:51 PM

    Didn’t he face Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz last season?

  9. cryanr says: Aug 2, 2012 9:01 PM

    He also shut down A.J. Green late in the season. Go watch his tape vs. Dez Bryant and the Cowboys.

    It’s not perfect, but he was very, very good at times. CB is one of the hardest positions to play in the NFL, people expect too much from them too soon.

  10. joecb91 says: Aug 3, 2012 2:31 AM

    He will still return punts, just not as many.

    Continue to fear kicking to him.

  11. justwannawinna says: Aug 3, 2012 2:42 AM

    Idk hester is just a returner he’s actually a talented d back that was Drafted to play db not as just as a returner. Dont over look hes physical and fast hes just gotta work on his film study and learn the tricks of a wideout. If not he’s big enough to play safety

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