Steve Wilks open to possibility of using Patrick Peterson more as a returner

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Patrick Peterson is one of the best punt returners in football, but the risk of injury has prevented the Cardinals from using him much in that role the past two seasons.

New coach Steve Wilks, though, left open the possibility of using Peterson more as a returner.

Special teams is going to be important, and I want every player on this team to understand that,” Wilks said during the press conference to introduce special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers, via Darren Urban of the team website. “Do I want him in that situation each and every time? No. We had the same with Luke Kuechly [in Carolina]. He was involved in special teams but he wasn’t a major part of that. We have to be very selective and most importantly smart about our decisions.”

Peterson has not served as a full-time returner since 2015, with Arizona using him as a situational returner the past two seasons. He had 13 punt returns in 2016 for a 6.2 yards per return average and 13 returns last season for a 6.8 average.

Peterson has not scored a touchdown on a punt return since 2011 when he had four.

5 responses to “Steve Wilks open to possibility of using Patrick Peterson more as a returner

  1. I honestly wouldn’t mind if they let him play some quarterback. That dude can throw the ball pretty well

  2. “but the risk of injury has prevented the Cardinals from using him much in that role the past two seasons”

    I understand the concern. But I have to say I admire the way Bill Belichick does it. Last year he had his best receiver – Julian Edelman returning punts and this year its – you guessed it – Danny Amendola.

    BB places a high value to special teams and it sounds like Steve Wilks does too.

  3. Glad to see the new regime wants to emphasize special teams but not sure using Patrick Peterson as a returner is a good idea. He was dynamic in his rookie year but hasn’t done much since when given the chance. Seems like he either calls for a fair catch or catches the ball and then heads out of bounds. Last time he almost broke one was in NFC championship game a couple of years ago and he fumbled it away. Rather see DJ Foster or TJ Logan returning punts and kickoffs.

  4. They also have 4.4 TJ Logan, a return specialist, coming back from injury. He broke his arm in the 2017 preseason. Logan can fly

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