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Cardinals have big plans for Patrick Peterson on offense

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Cardinals cornerback and punt returner Patrick Peterson has shown that he’s a dynamic playmaker with the ball in his hands. So new Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has a good idea: Get the ball into Peterson’s hands more often.

Peterson played a little bit of offense in his first two NFL seasons, running the ball three times and catching four passes. But this year, Arizona plans to give Peterson a more substantial role offensively.

Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer told the team’s website that there’s a “pretty big package” of plays for Peterson on offense. In today’s practice that included not only Peterson catching a deep ball from Palmer, but also Peterson throwing a pass to Larry Fitzgerald. Palmer believes Peterson could be a very good offensive player.

Cornerback will remain Peterson’s primary job, and returning punts will probably still be Peterson’s second priority. But don’t be surprised if Peterson is getting a lot of work on his third priority, helping out the Cardinals’ offense.

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  1. forsbergler says: Aug 2, 2013 9:06 PM

    This kids a beast, why not? he reminds me of a modern day prime time. If he played anywhere others than Arizona he would be touted as the best corner in the league.

  2. AndersCules says: Aug 2, 2013 9:15 PM

    Makes sense. Palmer has always loved throwing to defensive backs.

  3. swaggyy says: Aug 2, 2013 9:15 PM

    Dumb. Just more chances for your star corner to get hurt

  4. packerbackernj says: Aug 2, 2013 9:21 PM

    That’s gotta be a big ego hit for Michael Floyd. A first round WR, getting passes taken away by a cornerback.

  5. thefiesty1 says: Aug 2, 2013 9:22 PM

    BIG mistake. But then again it’s the Cardinals.

  6. unbiasfan says: Aug 2, 2013 9:25 PM

    Cardinals have no chance on getting close to winning the division

  7. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Aug 2, 2013 9:25 PM

    Our AP, beat up on your PP.

  8. weaponxdawk says: Aug 2, 2013 9:26 PM

    Peterson is a beast, so is honey badger

  9. publius12 says: Aug 2, 2013 9:32 PM

    I love Pat as a player, but I hate this so much. He is one of the best young cornerbacks (if not THE best young cornerback) in the league. Keeping him as the primary returner is one thing, since he is such a gamechanger on ST. But, now exposing him to more potential hits on offense? Please don’t run this kid into the ground, AZ. I want to see a long career out of him playing at a high level.

  10. samapoc says: Aug 2, 2013 9:32 PM

    Patrick Peterson is going to be the best corner in the league, if he’s not already. He’s one of the best return guys. He’s going to do well on offense, too. All this guy does is play good football. And he doesn’t get in trouble, either.

  11. ryann252013 says: Aug 2, 2013 9:36 PM

    Peterson > Sherman

  12. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 2, 2013 9:38 PM

    Lmao yeah right. That experiment gonna end when we gets jammed by Richard Sherman or thrashed by Aldon Smith.

  13. andrewluck12 says: Aug 2, 2013 9:46 PM

    that guys a monster.

  14. hawkforlife says: Aug 2, 2013 9:47 PM

    According to NFL stats;

    4 receptions for 10 yards TOTAL
    3 rushing attempts for 13 yards

    Cornerback better be his primary job.

  15. jumboli says: Aug 2, 2013 9:49 PM

    Honey badger will take on some of the punt return duties which will free Peterson up for some offensive plays. He is one of the top playmakers in the league. With Arians play calling, this just might work out.

  16. koolaidcircusbeast says: Aug 2, 2013 9:52 PM

    He’s a beast-monster, to be exact. Don’t drink the kool aid boys, cause the circus is in town. Btw, this rollercoaster is flabbergasted, 2.0-style.

    And you can hash tag, that.

  17. ghlatty says: Aug 2, 2013 9:58 PM

    Maybe one or two trick plays. I remember when Sapp and Refridgerator Perry ran a couple of offensive plays. Hey, it was fun. Peterson is a highlight reel in the making, if he can squeeze some offensive plays in more power to him.

  18. puckfitt says: Aug 2, 2013 10:14 PM

    AndersCules says:
    Aug 2, 2013 9:15 PM
    Makes sense. Palmer has always loved throwing to defensive backs.

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    ABSOLUTELY THE POST OF THE DAY!!!

  19. atwatercrushesokoye says: Aug 2, 2013 10:15 PM

    When the Broncos first traded for Champ Bailey they announced they would use him on offense, in the first game he played 3 snaps (I believe) on offense including carrying the ball once, he took a huge hit on that run and never saw another snap on O.

    Peterson is very good at playing corner, why risk him taking extra hits, and really just wear and tear (aside from his return duties) when it’s really not necessary?

  20. skiss68 says: Aug 2, 2013 10:16 PM

    I’m sure that the coaches love the fact u mentioned he threw a pass to Fitzgerald. There goes that trick play.

  21. sharknadosarereal says: Aug 2, 2013 10:22 PM

    this guy is awesome but if ya want to use him on offense dont announce to the league what your doing and only practice it during practices that are closed off to the media

  22. rutchaser says: Aug 2, 2013 10:38 PM

    It always sounds interesting but never really seems to work….

  23. skinsfan91 says: Aug 2, 2013 10:44 PM

    I delivered some stuff to Pat Peterson’s house one time. No tip.

  24. sowcrates says: Aug 2, 2013 10:45 PM

    Some time somewhere his high school and college coaches decided this guy wasn’t a natural enough route runner or pass catcher to put at WR. That probably hasn’t changed.

    Unlike Devin Hester, this guy actually can play the defensive back position. Let him master his craft there, it’s worth the investment to have one great cornerback.

  25. thetruthcampaign says: Aug 2, 2013 11:05 PM

    What does Tim Tebow have to say about this?

  26. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 2, 2013 11:17 PM

    Richard Sherman is UNQUESTIONABLY superior to Pee Pee, the only reason some peons think otherwise is because Sherman wasn’t an overhyped draft house like Pee Pee.

  27. sikoix says: Aug 2, 2013 11:20 PM

    Should be fu to watch as an NFC North fan, but I’d be a little nervous if my favorite teams #1 CB was being worked into the offense for a couple reasons. Reasons including injury and questions like what’s wrong with the offensive players… if he was a borderline nickel or dime CB, this would be a much safer move.

  28. packerbackernj says: Aug 2, 2013 11:23 PM

    If he could be a WR, he would be a WR.

  29. faithful209er says: Aug 2, 2013 11:24 PM

    Bruce Arians is getting a bit big for his britches. Lets see how that braggart matches up with the defending NFC champ.,

    I’d be so embarrassed if I was a cardinals fan, and that loser was going to be my team’s hc

  30. buccos2013 says: Aug 2, 2013 11:38 PM

    He’ll instantly get defensive coverage just by stepping into the huddle. He doesn’t have to touch the ball for this to be a worthwhile game plan.

  31. wilyb says: Aug 2, 2013 11:51 PM

    Peterson has Percy Harvin type speed and can actually run routes. Why not play him where you get the most bang for your buck?

  32. flipola says: Aug 2, 2013 11:55 PM

    I hope the “pretty big package” link doesn’t take me to a Google image search.

  33. bonecrushinghits says: Aug 2, 2013 11:57 PM

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    I witnessed this first hand last year, kid’s not effective on offense. I hope they don’t bother. However, he will look sharp snatching many a pick 6 from the likes of the overrated Kaepernick, Wilson, and Bradford.

  34. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Aug 3, 2013 12:05 AM

    This is a great idea! What could possibly go wrong?

    signed-
    Jason Sehorn

  35. asublimeday says: Aug 3, 2013 12:13 AM

    Worked out for Hester!

    Oh, wait…

  36. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 3, 2013 12:20 AM

    Reminds me of Troy Brown, a true 3 way player.

  37. swaggyy says: Aug 3, 2013 12:24 AM

    Women lie men lie numbers don’t lie. Sherman>Pat Pete

  38. glynners says: Aug 3, 2013 1:28 AM

    Good news for those of us that have him in IDP leagues..

  39. cali49er707 says: Aug 3, 2013 1:56 AM

    The kid is a tremendous player but, slow down on the best corner talk or the prime time comparison (not even close to prime)
    Crabtree eats this guy up. Check stats

  40. MostlyRight says: Aug 3, 2013 2:13 AM

    I think Honey Badger and newly acquired Javier Arenis will be bringing kickoffs and punts back for the Cardinals this year. There has been talk of some packages with both Peterson and Honey Badger back at the same time…that could be fun to watch.

  41. randomcommenter says: Aug 3, 2013 2:32 AM

    Remember when the Giants had Jason Sehorn return punts and he blew out his knee?

    What is the point of this? Arizona actually has good WRs. This is not needed.

  42. mnmarine0351 says: Aug 3, 2013 2:40 AM

    84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says:
    Aug 2, 2013 9:25 PM
    Our AP, beat up on your PP.

    Ha, you beat me to it. Great quote for those that know it, was the first thing I thought of when i saw the headline.

    As for PP, I guess Id prefer to have a shut down guy than try to force him onto offence but if they think they see something then more power to them. Cant turn out much worse than Hester did for the bears.

  43. mcguenther13 says: Aug 3, 2013 3:05 AM

    There was a time when Terrance McGee was a “shut down” corner and SICK return man, ask him how that worked out for his career

  44. codiablo says: Aug 3, 2013 5:21 AM

    uh, now everyone knows…I always thought palmer was a “smart” guy until now. & I always wanted to go to USC…now figuring the real minds I would have met woulda been in Compton…white frat boys a lil to “jovial” for me.

  45. chuckchillout says: Aug 3, 2013 6:17 AM

    Unless it’s “petition the league to get out of the NFC West”, does it matter WHAT the Cardinals do for the next 4-5 years?

  46. beckzhere says: Aug 3, 2013 7:06 AM

    This is almost as bad of a decision as signing Palmer. Almost.

  47. sfm073 says: Aug 3, 2013 7:27 AM

    Who was the last defensive player to make an impact on offense? Considering offensive players are valued higher than defensive players, there’s probably a reason why he plays defense.

  48. hehateme2 says: Aug 3, 2013 7:36 AM

    reeks of desperation to me

  49. toonzes says: Aug 3, 2013 7:46 AM

    can anyone say Devin Hester? Leave well enough alone.

  50. cakesw says: Aug 3, 2013 8:23 AM

    There is nothing wrong with having one of your better athletes be a playmaker. The Cardinals don’t have a ton of speed on offense, and he will help open that up. They also drafted the Badger who is an exceptional punt returner as well, so PP doesn’t always have to be on triple duty. I doubt we see Peterson getting the ball more than 1-2 times a game (if that) – so I don’t know why people are worried about him be “exposed” to injury more.

  51. cakesw says: Aug 3, 2013 10:29 AM

    Devin Hester comparison’s are ridiculous, since Hester is a substandard WR, and could never play CB. He never offered much over being a KR… period…

    Old Time Cardinal fans remember that they once had a DB that they converted to a WR, and became one of the best in franchise history. Roy Green.

    PP isn’t going to convert to anything, but Deion Sanders was a pretty good asset on offense when Dallas gave him the football.

  52. datmr says: Aug 3, 2013 12:11 PM

    Bears fans are likely reminded of two things here: 1. The old saying that “if he could catch he’d be a wide receiver”. And 2. The failed Devin Hester experiment. Good luck, Az fans.

  53. hitwithafade says: Aug 3, 2013 3:10 PM

    there are two things Sherman has over P Peterson– the attention deficit .. and his big mouth

  54. EJ says: Aug 3, 2013 3:34 PM

    publius12 says:
    Aug 2, 2013 9:32 PM

    I love Pat as a player, but I hate this so much. He is one of the best young cornerbacks (if not THE best young cornerback) in the league. Keeping him as the primary returner is one thing, since he is such a gamechanger on ST. But, now exposing him to more potential hits on offense? Please don’t run this kid into the ground, AZ. I want to see a long career out of him playing at a high level.

    No doubt. Peterson is one of the better Cornerback’s in the league today, reminds me of a smarter Primetime. Using him on Punt Returns is a give-in, he is just that unbelievably talented with the ball in his hands, but using him on Offense too? How is he going to continue at the high level of play at his normal position if he is winded from running a play on Offense? He might be Superman, but this additional work might just be his kryptonite.

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