Patrick Peterson has performed his way into obscurity

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A shutdown corner — a true shutdown corner — is lonelier than a sand salesman in the Sahara. And that’s what Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson has become.

“I’ve done a really good job the last couple of years disrupting the timing between a quarterback and the wide receiver,” Peterson recently told Dan Bickley of azcentral.com. “They know when they watch film that Peterson is going to be in my No. 1 receiver’s face all day long. And when I’m in the receiver’s face, nine times out of 10 the ball is not coming my way. So I have to do different things so I can put myself in position to make plays.”

There’s not much that Peterson can do to supplement taking away the top receiver on the other team and doing other things. As Bickley notes, enhanced zone coverage or the emergence of another corner who can periodically handle the top receiver would help.

Peterson also could play some offense, something that gets mentioned from time to time but never really acted on. He last registered a catch or a rushing attempt in 2013.

Peterson still gets the ball in his hands on special teams from time to time, but he’s struggled recently to make an impact there.

“I always give credit to my teammates, and in my rookie year, I had a great group of guys in front of me,” said Peterson, who returned 13 punts and one kickoff in 2016. “I joke with them all the time. I tell them I can’t make 11 guys miss. I can make a couple, but not everyone. We have a lot of guys watching the show. I tell them watch the show on Monday. Don’t watch me return the ball.”

That sounds like a slap at his blockers, but Peterson has the charisma, along with the raw skill, to pull it off.

What he can’t pull off is remaining one of the best-known Cardinals when he’s not doing things to get noticed like David Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, and Tyrann Mathieu. It sounds like, this year, Peterson wants to get back on the short list of faces of the franchise by doing more than what he’s done.

41 responses to “Patrick Peterson has performed his way into obscurity

  1. Cam newton straight rushed him and drug him into the end zone in college. Sounds like a slap at Peterson but Peterson has the charisma to shake it off. Plus it’s the last time I’ve seen ole PP look stupid

  2. Peterson is the best CB in the NFC West and has been for years. Even more amazing is his ability to play other positions at an exceptional level.

  3. He’s the best corner in the league. Anybody who says otherwise isn’t paying attention. Unlike guys like Sherman, he covers the #1 receiver always – he doesn’t just play one side. The true definition of a shutdown corner. And he’s a model citizen, both in the locker room and in the community.

  4. It seems like the article is implying that Peterson is so good, that he has made himself invisible?

    Weird that it doesn’t happen to any other corners in the league.

  5. Not saying he’s not a great player but I disagree that great corners just shut guys down. I saw what great CB play was with Charles Woodson in Green Bay. He always read plays and took chances to make interceptions and force fumbles, and wasn’t afraid of serious contact, and by doing that made a ton of impact plays. There’s more to the position than just covering a receiver. The awesome corners cover but understand they have to take chances to make big plays.

  6. 6250claimer says:
    Jul 2, 2017 1:33 PM
    He’s the best corner in the league. Anybody who says otherwise isn’t paying attention. Unlike guys like Sherman, he covers the #1 receiver always – he doesn’t just play one side. The true definition of a shutdown corner. And he’s a model citizen, both in the locker room and in the community.

    He’s not even better than a undrafted corner named Chris Harris Jr.

  7. He used to have athleticism to make up for his lack of knowledge, now he doesn’t even have that.

  8. Marcus Peters is a better corner, and a TRUE shutdown corner.
    The media has overhyped Patrick Peterson.

  9. patbocam says:
    Jul 2, 2017 11:49 AM
    Cam newton straight rushed him and drug him into the end zone in college. Sounds like a slap at Peterson but Peterson has the charisma to shake it off. Plus it’s the last time I’ve seen ole PP look stupid

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    What was his drug of choice?

  10. “That sounds like a slap at his blockers, but Peterson has the charisma, along with the raw skill, to pull it off.

    What he can’t pull off is remaining one of the best-known Cardinals when he’s not doing things to get noticed like David Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, and Tyrann Mathieu. It sounds like, this year, Peterson wants to get back on the short list of faces of the franchise by doing more than what he’s done.”

    Hey, Mike, Florio, have, you, ever, heard, of, something, called, a, comma, splice?

  11. The best and maybe only “shutdown corner” in the NFL for those who know football. Marcus Peters is also very good.

  12. he is a top corner. I have him in a very small groups of corners I do not want my wide receivers going against in Fantasy Land.

    I still give the nod for best corner to Richard Sherman

  13. patbocam says:
    Jul 2, 2017 11:49 AM
    Cam newton straight rushed him and drug him into the end zone in college. Sounds like a slap at Peterson but Peterson has the charisma to shake it off. Plus it’s the last time I’ve seen ole PP look stupid

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    Then with the SB in the line Cam went and ran away from his own fumble like it was an angry hornets nest. Sounds like a slap at Cam and it is. He showed the entire world he has no heart. I’d take Peterson any day.

  14. How come I keep seeing him on every player in that top 100 list highlight reels?

  15. From a previous post that said he hasn’t seen him look stupid since college watch the beastquake 2 game. It’s hilarious. As all the cardinals are getting stiff armed and ran over by Lynch you see Peterson running like lynch is trying to tackle him.

  16. Two words for you.

    A. And B.

    Brown owns him, and every other corner in the league

  17. Hahaha….

    Antonio Brown..
    .
    So 3 catches for 24 yards is now “owning” somebody…

    That’s the last time they faced each other…

    SMH

  18. ARZCARDINALS, I can name Julio Jones. I remember that matchup because pp was calling Julio out a couple years ago n Julio dominated him. Had double digit catches n almost 200 yards. I like Peterson but I don’t get why you think he’s never been outplayed. Every player has.

  19. “I always give credit to my teammates,

    Really, you mean it’s in the script so you look good or did they really deserve it? Note; I saw your at length interview last year. I don’t remember you saying much about them then.

    OK, you seem like a good guy but I’m a Hawk fan so I have to criticize you somehow.

    At least I can take a deserved shot at that pompous Head Coach you have. He wouldn’t know a shut down corner from a box of eggs.

  20. “No one can name one WR that’s gotten the better of PP.”

    Michael Crabtree worked him over more than once when he was with the 49ers including one game where he nearly had 200 yards receiving with Peterson covering him most of the game.

  21. Doug Baldwin has owned that entire cardinal backfield before, and let’s not forget him running away from Lynch couple years ago. He doesn’t get credit that Mathieu gets because Mathieu is the key to that defense. He’s as valuable to the Cardinals as Earl Thomas is the the Seahawks.

  22. bird2urmother says:
    Jul 2, 2017 8:49 PM
    ARZCARDINALS, I can name Julio Jones. I remember that matchup because pp was calling Julio out a couple years ago n Julio dominated him. Had double digit catches n almost 200 yards. I like Peterson but I don’t get why you think he’s never been outplayed. Every player has.
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    O, you mean 3yrs ago when Peterson was severely ill with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes n 20+pds overweight?? And he didn’t have 200yds either.

    When they played last year, with Peterson u know healthy, Peterson OWNED JULIO JONES, Jones had just 4recs for 35yds and 0TDs, good for 8 freaking yards a catch…..

  23. His give-up on Marshawn Lynch’s Beast Quake 2.0 is legendary. Twice! He should’ve stopped that play for just a 10 yard gain.

    Peterson benefited from Calais Campbell wrecking things, it meant he only had to defend for 3 seconds.

  24. hawks1124 says:
    Jul 3, 2017 12:05 AM
    Doug Baldwin has owned that entire cardinal backfield before, and let’s not forget him running away from Lynch couple years ago. He doesn’t get credit that Mathieu gets because Mathieu is the key to that defense. He’s as valuable to the Cardinals as Earl Thomas is the the Seahawks.
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    Doug Baldwin has definitely not owned Patrick Peterson… In fact SEA is usually the one team a year Peterson faces where he stays on just the left side of the field, because SEA doesn’t have any one true #1WR Arizona faces…..
    With Peterson in coverage against Baldwin last year, Peterson owned him. All of the yards Baldwin racked up came against CBs not named Peterson….. Mathieu healthy has owned Baldwin as well.

  25. Peterson is by far the best true shutdown #1CB in the NFL, A couple key stats show that. Via PFF Peterson covers #1WRs more than any other CB in the NFL by far, covering #1WRs 96% of the time and also is the LEAST targeted CB in the NFL as well, thrown at just 1 time for every 9 coverage snaps, and thats despite having a Pro-Bowl alternate CB opposite of him last year in Marcus Cooper. QBs are just scared to throw his way.
    With Elite All-Pro Tyrann Mathieu back fully 110% healthy and back to form this year from his knee injury, that secondary will be one of the top lockdown pass defenses in the league again.

  26. Where was Peterson when Baldwin drop 170 yds on them. He matched up against Baldein 3 times that game. Baldwin got 51 yds on those 3 targets. Peterson is a excellent man coverage. It’s a reason AZ don’t play much xone. He is a bad zone corner.

  27. Someone shiw me where Jones destroyed Sherman. Atl ran every gimmick to get Sherman off of Julio. Sherman has never gave up 100 yds to a reciever. The only guy I seen give Sherman the business was no name out of the league reciever Tyus Young from Detroit.

  28. Even the most hard headed Seahawks fan has to agree….

    Post Diabetes Patrick Peterson has been a special CB…

    Most of the examples being given of him being beaten….are when he had active untreated Diabetes.

  29. Peterson is probably the most athletic Corner in the league but not a “shutdown corner” and has been overrated since his rookie year. He’s good but there are others as good in different ways. As a Cardinal fan, I don’t think there are any true “shutdown corners” in the league anymore but Sherman comes close. Cards fans have seen PP get beat, and just plain give up, as happened against the Panthers a few years ago. Tyrann Mathieu has hardly played a down in a year and a half so really hasn’t been that visible, so the idea of Peterson being overshadowed by Ty is absurd unless he’s on the field. Actually, the Cardinal defense ran through Chandler Jones, Marcus Golden, Calais Campbell and Swearinger last year with not much help from the secondary.

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