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Bruce Arians: Patrick Peterson is like a top five receiver

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The Cardinals haven’t made much of an effort to disguise their plans to use cornerback Patrick Peterson on offense this season, utilizing him as both a passer and receiver in portions of practice open to the media.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that Peterson continues to see regular reps on offense and that the package of plays involving him has grown to about 15 at this point in camp. Coach Bruce Arians said that wasn’t his plan coming into the season, but seeing Peterson in action has made him want to see more.

“I had hopes that he could be something special, in a package a week, but after you see the athlete he is, it’s like the guy could be one of the top five receivers in the league,” Arians said. “So, you say, ‘Hmmm, that’s a lot of weapons sitting over here next to me.’”

Peterson says that he knew Arians had plans for him on offense, where he’s played sparingly in his first two years, but that he didn’t think the coach “would take it this far.” There are some limits, however. Peterson said that there are no plans for him to run the Wildcat, something he’s done in the past, as he’s only been lining up at receiver thus far.

There’s an obvious risk to extending Peterson’s playing time, especially in a role where he’s likely to take hits, and the Cardinals will have to manage those risks against the potential rewards that come from putting the ball in the hands of such a dynamic player more often. That’s easier said than done, but it appears the Cardinals are willing to put in the work to make it happen.

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24 Responses to “Bruce Arians: Patrick Peterson is like a top five receiver”
  1. greymares says: Aug 7, 2013 8:54 AM

    Stop it with this potential injury b.s. the man is a football player and obviously a darn good one.

  2. mlmike25 says: Aug 7, 2013 8:54 AM

    Yeah, but where does he rank in terms of cornerback coverage skills (without special teams or plays on offense)?

  3. raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 7, 2013 9:22 AM

    He sure Isnt a top 5 Defensive Back. Really that’s where his focus should be until he become one.

  4. ccjcsr says: Aug 7, 2013 9:31 AM

    Here we go with the love fest, he’s good but c’mon already, stop with the ridiculous statements it just makes you look like your reaching for approval

  5. carussel88 says: Aug 7, 2013 9:32 AM

    You know things are lookin bad when you just invested a 1st round pick into a receiver out of notre dame, and you STILL have to bring your best defensive back over on offense. The man will end up on injured reserve.

  6. godofwine330 says: Aug 7, 2013 9:32 AM

    Other than the fact that it puts him in position to get injured more often it sounds like a good deal. Especially in fantasy football.

  7. kgun80 says: Aug 7, 2013 9:33 AM

    16 games playing both sides of the ball is a lot to ask! I’d like to see him do it and hold out for WR $!

  8. sampsonswag01 says: Aug 7, 2013 9:39 AM

    There has NEVER once been an EFFECTIVE two-sided player to include Deion Sanders who was arguably one of the most athletic players of all time. I’m sure Peterson is just as athletic but just view Sanders’ play at receiver or even more notably Devin Hester who actually handles the ball more than a defender usually does.

    Come on Arians stop trying to conjure up a passing game. You ALREADY have a top-2 receiver in the world on your roster…………..just get the ball to him. My fear is that Fitz is going to be the Archie Manning of the modern era. Stuck on bad team after bad team after bad team. Yeah, we all know he’s great but constantly surrounded by mediocrity and languishing in despair.

  9. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 7, 2013 9:40 AM

    Is it possible to be an all pro at multiple positions?

  10. ozymandias121 says: Aug 7, 2013 9:43 AM

    Patrick Peterson can’t even read.

  11. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 7, 2013 9:45 AM

    That’s a pretty long name. Why don’t people just call him PP?

  12. clssylssy says: Aug 7, 2013 9:52 AM

    Peterson is a gifted football player and BA is trying to USE him to get every cent of his contract while putting the Cards in a position where they can put themselves into a position of being able to force Fitzgerald into “renegotiating” his contract. Peterson better be looking over his shoulder for Keim and company to stab him in the back next!
    He’s a great corner who’s fast and could probably play quarterback better than anybody they have on the Cards. Like Fitz, he’s wasting his talent and could do better! (he should talk to Boldin if he has any doubts).

  13. shayeezy says: Aug 7, 2013 10:03 AM

    enough with the top 5 talk, he isn’t and likely won’t ever be a better receiver than calvin johnson, larry fitzgerald, andre johnson, julio jones, aj green, dez bryant, brandon marshall, dwayne bowe, demaryius thomas, or vincent jackson. so even top 10 is a stretch. and why has no one addressed the possible negative impact an increased offensive role could have on his primary role at cornerback? the guy still had much to learn at that position, and taking his focus away from that could do more harm than good.

  14. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 7, 2013 10:26 AM

    And people were wondering why we forced this idiot into retirement.

    We have never made a mistake.

  15. myeaglescantwin says: Aug 7, 2013 10:29 AM

    Well,,, you figure that this guy played both sides of the ball all the way up to college.

    there had to be some glaring issue that lead to those coaches placing him exclusively on the defensive side of the ball.

    Look at the devin Hester project.
    dude is terrible at WR.

    killer KR and INT returner, but cuts and routes and understanding where the holes in the D are is a big part of the game.
    I have to think if he could nail this before, he would have been a WR / CB
    not a CB /KR

  16. retsiemfoh says: Aug 7, 2013 10:39 AM

    Peterson is tough and I like the idea. His primary position is still cornerback so chill out, he is just playing receiver in a package or two. They aren’t stupid they know it’s a risk.

  17. retsiemfoh says: Aug 7, 2013 10:39 AM

    Peterson is tough and I like the idea. His primary position is still cornerback so chill out, he is just playing receiver in a package or two. They aren’t stupid they know it’s a risk and that’s why they won’t do it that often.

  18. pauliewalnuts90 says: Aug 7, 2013 10:41 AM

    Wouldn’t be surprised. Back when he was Patrick Johnson, down in Ft Lauderdale, he literally played every position great.

  19. expertop says: Aug 7, 2013 10:42 AM

    Has he learned how to tackle yet? Some of my favorite Adrian Peterson highlights are from Patrick’s rookie year – trying to keep AD out of the end zone by giving him gentle hugs.

  20. osiris33 says: Aug 7, 2013 10:54 AM

    They’re doing the same thing with Honey Badger. Larry Fitzgerald must be looking really OLD at camp.

  21. EJ says: Aug 7, 2013 10:55 AM

    A top 5 receiver is stretching it a bit don’t you think? I can shoot out more than 5 names right now that are better options:
    Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Reggie Wayne, A.J. Green, Julio Jones, Dez Bryant, Brandon Marshall, Demaryius Thomas, Percy Harvin, Andre Johnson, Vincent Jackson, Hakeem Nicks, Roddy White, Stevie Johnson, Steve Smith, Jordy Nelson, Dwayne Bowe, Mike Wallace, Victor Cruz, Randall Cobb, Marques Colston, Greg Jennings, Torrey Smith, Pierre Garcon, Jeremy Maclin, Wes Welker, DeSean Jackson and Miles Austin.

  22. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Aug 7, 2013 1:18 PM

    As previously mentioned, I’m concerned about PP going down the Devin Hester rabbit hole. Once a DB, then a full-time KR, then a failed “OW”, then a lousy WR, now a forgotten player whose Pro Bowl position just got eliminated.

    It’s like you take one of your best players off the field in exchange for your opponent agreeing to give up a few yards of directional kicking at every change of possession. And then, realizing you don’t like that tradeoff, you try to “get the ball in his hands” by bolting gimmick packages onto your offense. And when those don’t work, you resign your “OW” to being a decoy, which takes yet another player off the field.

    Just play defense. You have enough on your plate as it is.

  23. frankdatank23 says: Aug 7, 2013 2:44 PM

    You people are completely clueless, saying he’s not a top Cb, comparing him to Hester. Please get a clue before flooding your worthless opinions in to waste everyone’s time. Peterson is one of the best players in the entire league, to get him on the field with fitz and floyd is scary for apposing defenses.

  24. seahawksteven777 says: Aug 7, 2013 3:23 PM

    If he was like a top 5 receiver, he’d be playing receiver full time then seeing as how they need someone opposite Fitzgerald to get open.

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