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Patrick Peterson’s days on offense and special teams are done

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In training camp last year, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said cornerback Patrick Peterson could be one of the Top 5 receivers in the NFL. But at training camp this year, Arians has decided to put a stop to the experiment of giving Peterson snaps on offense.

Arians told Darren Urban of the Cardinals’ website that the addition of speedy receivers Ted Ginn in free agency and John Brown in the draft means that Peterson won’t be needed to make plays on offense. That’s no surprise: Peterson didn’t do much of anything on offense last season, catching six passes for 54 yards and carrying the ball four times for 21 yards. If that’s all the Cardinals are going to get out of Peterson on offense, it’s probably not worth the time and energy it takes for Peterson to work with the offense.

Peterson added that not only will he not be a wide receiver anymore, but he won’t return punts either. That decision is a little more surprising because Peterson is an outstanding punt returner who led the league with 699 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie. But Ginn and Brown can both return punts as well, and taking Peterson off punt returns will allow him to focus on his most important job, at cornerback.

As for talk that Peterson is due for a pay raise and a long-term contract extension soon, Peterson said he’s not worrying about that.

“I’m here to play football,” Peterson said. “I have two years left on my deal and I want to do the best I can to help this team win. I haven’t been to the playoffs since I’ve been here & that’s my first goal.”

Arians thinks Peterson can do more to help the Cardinals make the playoffs if he’s doing nothing other than playing defense.

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47 Responses to “Patrick Peterson’s days on offense and special teams are done”
  1. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Jul 27, 2014 4:59 PM

    He doesn’t have the heart to compete on all aspects of the game. Unlike Dee Milliner who is the best CB in the game right now.

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    #RexRyanHOF
    #JETSDYNASTY
    #NamathLEGEND

  2. remyje says: Jul 27, 2014 4:59 PM

    but… but… he’s the best corner in the league because he can play offense

  3. lhr4 says: Jul 27, 2014 5:02 PM

    It makes absolute sense to take him off of the Punt Return team.

    Special Teams players are more likely to get hurt because of the nature of the plays that involve kicking the ball.

    Patrick Petersen is one of the teams superstars.

    If he plays special teams and gets hurt…

    …ownership might actually get lynched.

  4. patriotsarespygaters says: Jul 27, 2014 5:03 PM

    the team is thinking about the money they might have to pay….

  5. craniator says: Jul 27, 2014 5:03 PM

    I really like this young man’s perspective. A true team player.

  6. nfl4days says: Jul 27, 2014 5:11 PM

    Tyrann Mathieu’s injury probably has a lot to do with this.

  7. realfootballfan says: Jul 27, 2014 5:14 PM

    They should have ended the special teams farce a year ago. Since his rookie year, he’s been generally terrible at returns.

  8. truths4all says: Jul 27, 2014 5:14 PM

    No surprise since Peterson has demonstrated that he no longer has that special burst of speed he had as a rookie that allowed him to run away and through punt coverages. The fact that he no longer can generate separation from punt coverages or defensive pass coverages makes it an obvious losing proposition to keep trying to have him return punts or generate big plays on offense.

    In fact last season, upper tier receivers such as Crabtree owned Peterson and offenses with good QBs and good receivers dominated him. Because the Cards had a loser’s schedule last season, there were enough weak teams with weak QBs that allowed Peterson to make the bulk of his stats. But in 2014 with a schedule appropriate for a 10-6 team, look for Peterson to get burned a lot more more since Cromartie will be on the other side and Offensive Coordinators and their QBs will focus on Peterson to exploit his weaknesses including his lost of his burst of speed, his gambling on coverages, and his steady deterioration of his footspeed.

  9. fiddytucker says: Jul 27, 2014 5:14 PM

    Good one. Insightful.

  10. keepongronking says: Jul 27, 2014 5:16 PM

    Good. Focus on D first to prove you warrant an elite type contravt.

  11. mackcarrington says: Jul 27, 2014 5:16 PM

    I think anybody can see that the decision to no longer use him at multiple positions is due to the fact that he has a contract coming up. This takes away his argument that he should be paid more because he does more.

  12. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 27, 2014 5:19 PM

    How about being open to playing returner-decoy-with-potential-to-gash-for-action-should-you-get-a-sudden-itch?

  13. jetsbandwagon says: Jul 27, 2014 5:22 PM

    #Jets= Best defense in the league
    #OverratedNFCWest

  14. jayovalentine says: Jul 27, 2014 5:29 PM

    Imagine if he had all the help Richard Sherman has ! Arizona is getting there. I still think the 49ers win the division & Cardinals take wildcard.

  15. jmethane says: Jul 27, 2014 5:40 PM

    Jets!? Excellent chuckle thank you!

  16. jmethane says: Jul 27, 2014 5:45 PM

    I completely understand why you would hope that Seattle fails to make the playoffs. Who else in the division ISN’T hoping that.

    It is just hope though. Beginning of the season is definitely the time for hope.

  17. seatownballers says: Jul 27, 2014 5:50 PM

    Az> Ny

  18. kingpel says: Jul 27, 2014 5:50 PM

    As a Ram fan……thank you God.

  19. valentino8100 says: Jul 27, 2014 5:50 PM

    Hard to believe the Cards won’t be utilizing this guy’s remarkable athleticism on returns, when teams these days are looking for any and every conceivable advantage in all three phases. Deion Sanders comes to mind, arguably the best cover corner ever to play, who continued with return duties throughout his career.

  20. chicagotomahawk says: Jul 27, 2014 6:05 PM

    The only real point people could make about him being better than Sherman, was that he played offense and special teams. Guess we can put all that to rest.

  21. kamthechancellor says: Jul 27, 2014 6:06 PM

    Arians is prone to hyperbole in order to bolster the confidence of this team. Peterson being a top five receiver is definitely an example of this.

  22. calvinthegreat82 says: Jul 27, 2014 6:06 PM

    Every single CB on the Lions is better than Patrick Peterson, even the 2nd and 3rd stringers. It’s not even close!!! The Lions CB’s know how to turn their hips better and press receivers ten fold better than Peterson. Lions owe the Cardinals.

    Detroit Lions Superbowl Champs 2015

  23. I am the reason PFT abandoned the thumbs up/down votes says: Jul 27, 2014 6:09 PM

    Joke franchise and joke player.

  24. silverandblack052099 says: Jul 27, 2014 6:15 PM

    I would’t be surprised if at some point this season he is back on punt returns.

  25. noleitup says: Jul 27, 2014 6:19 PM

    Now that its close to new deal time its time for franchise to decrease his value. All the nfl teams conduct shady business like this.

  26. The Pittsburgh Steelers are the reason you can enjoy football today. This is what we built. We are the NFL. We are Football. We are God's team. says: Jul 27, 2014 6:21 PM

    We have six rings.

  27. The Pittsburgh Steelers are the reason you can enjoy football today. This is what we built. We are the NFL. We are Football. We are God's team. says: Jul 27, 2014 6:30 PM

    Hey, AZ, remember 2009? LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

  28. poorcalvinisstuckonthecrappylions says: Jul 27, 2014 6:32 PM

    The Pittsburgh Steelers are the reason you can enjoy football today. This is what we built. We are the NFL. We are Football. We are God’s team. says:
    Jul 27, 2014 6:21 PM

    We have six rings.

    __________________________________
    Actual true NFL Championship history:

    Packers 13
    Bears 9
    Giants 8
    Steelers 6
    Redskins,Cowboys,Niniers tied with 5

    This particular Steeler’s fans needs to learn respect and the truth.

  29. largent80100 says: Jul 27, 2014 6:36 PM

    Makes a lot of sense taking him out of special teams after Honeybadger’s injury, he is a top player for his team. Here in Seattle when there was a rumor about Earl Thomas returning punts I was very worried about injuries, thanks they didn’t move forward.

    On offense there are still some trick plays he could be used since they happen only a few times in the season like reverses or option passes but the concern is understandeable.

  30. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Jul 27, 2014 6:40 PM

    90% of Packers titles came when there was 4 teams in the league.

    #fact

  31. kwjsb says: Jul 27, 2014 6:44 PM

    The Pittsburgh Steelers are the reason you can enjoy football today. This is what we built. We are the NFL. We are Football. We are God’s team. says: Jul 27, 2014 6:21 PM

    We have six rings.

    The City of Cleveland = 9

  32. harper2 says: Jul 27, 2014 7:04 PM

    Umm pulling Peterson from punt returns may be a mistake. I’ve never seen Brown return, but as far as Ginn goes, as a Niner fan I can say there was times when we would absolutely loved Ginn. He can be super explosive and make big plays. So when he is good he’s good, but he also tends to make lots of costly mistakes. Very inconsistent

  33. osiris33 says: Jul 27, 2014 7:15 PM

    Great! Now he can focus on being the 4th best corner… In the NFC West.

  34. jdrewsy says: Jul 27, 2014 7:57 PM

    But, but, but that’s why you said you were better than Richard Sherman. He didn’t do offense or return punts either and you declared this made you better. Are you worse now?

  35. rajbais says: Jul 27, 2014 8:29 PM

    Someone’s obsessed with Richard Sherman, eh.

  36. clssylssy says: Jul 27, 2014 9:10 PM

    After seeing how JG faired as a hybrid player there doesn’t seem to really be any point in taking the extra risks if it’s not going to pay. Arizona has plenty of talent at receiver as well as special teams and Coach Arians has been known to say a lot of things this time of the year…wouldn’t take any of these statements as the gospel. With the Cards it’s always about money!

  37. poorcalvinisstuckonthecrappylions says: Jul 27, 2014 9:12 PM

    Cleveland has 4 titles.

    buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says:
    Jul 27, 2014 6:40 PM
    90% of Packers titles came when there was 4 teams in the league.

    —————————————-

    You’re a Jets fan that can’t deal with reality, just like your whacked out coach.

    The Packers and Bears are the 2 most historical teams in the NFL with the most championships, deal with it g00fball New Yorker!

    Multiple true FACTS!

  38. poorcalvinisstuckonthecrappylions says: Jul 27, 2014 9:18 PM

    If you’re a Pats fan than you’re bigger fool than I thought.

  39. drl98 says: Jul 27, 2014 9:44 PM

    There taking Patrick Peterson off of special teams because they signed ted ginn in free agency and they also got Larod Stephens Howling back for cheap. Plus tyrann Matthieu can play there as well

  40. jmethane says: Jul 27, 2014 9:49 PM

    Tell me about Superbowl titles.

    Championships before the SB era are hard to compare…just a few teams in the league, etc.

    Not to mention them happening before your grandpa was born and football was quite different then. Forward pass? What is that?

    I understand why you WANT to count them but they don’t count to most of us.

  41. beardinals says: Jul 27, 2014 9:51 PM

    My crystal ball says PFT will be shutting down the comments section soon. Unbelievable!

  42. mrpeary3189 says: Jul 27, 2014 10:14 PM

    drl98 says:
    Jul 27, 2014 9:44 PM
    …and they also got Larod Stephens Howling back for cheap.
    ________________

    Not sure where you heard this, but LSH is still a free agent

  43. udontknowjaq says: Jul 27, 2014 10:50 PM

    Chicago & GB were playing each other for championships when it was just those 2 teams! What does a Championship trophy look like before the SB? Anybody anybody?

  44. jakeplummersghost says: Jul 28, 2014 1:08 AM

    There were never only two teams in the league. And btw, the oldest team in the league is the one Patrick Peterson plays for. Chicago Cardinals/Morgan Athletic Club since 1898.

  45. drprozzak says: Jul 28, 2014 2:20 AM

    You super sleuths caught Arians red handed. He is totally making all these changes to save face with a bunch of Internet posters. Good job!

  46. billsfan1 says: Jul 28, 2014 6:48 AM

    Joe Namath was the most overrated QB in the history of football. The Jets franchise is among the most useless and overrated in the league.Even my Bills had a nice run at one point and made a few SUper Bowls (even though they lost and I admit they have been crappy for a long time) But somebody please tell me: what the hell have the JEts really ever done? they won 1 SB like 40 years ago and then what? A few AFC championships?

    Congrats.
    Sammy Watkins>Eric Decker……..

  47. simonator917 says: Jul 28, 2014 10:00 AM

    He NEVER should have been returning kicks in the first place; same with Tyrann Mathieu.

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