Patrick Peterson hopes Cardinals find “solid No. 2 corner”

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Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson knows what addition he’d like to see the Cardinals make before the start of the 2018 season.

With Tramon Williams and Justin Bethel leaving the team in free agency, Arizona is missing a clear No. 2 corner to play across from Peterson on their defense. Quarterbacks don’t throw Peterson’s way too often, leaving that spot as an important one on their defense and Peterson spelled out what he and the team have to gain from finding the right guy to join him in the starting lineup.

“If we can find a solid No. 2 corner to make it kind of difficult for a quarterback to pick and choose which side he wants to go on, then that would make not only me but the defense a lot better,” Peterson said, via ESPN.com. “So, in terms of if we have a No. 2 over there that he knows he can consistently win on, why would he try 21? So, I feel if we get us a solid No. 2 corner like we did in Tramon, because he played solid for us the last eight games, then we can be very, very dangerous and also present more opportunities for me.”

The Cardinals signed Bene Benwikere and Lou Young, both of whom have played for head coach Steve Wilks in the past, and 2016 third-rounder Brandon Williams remains on hand. They’ll have a chance to add to that group in the draft or if a veteran they like shakes loose in the coming months.

Peterson suggested the latter could work out well for a player by noting that Williams and others have left the No. 2 role in Arizona for good contracts elsewhere. For that to happen, the Cardinals have to find the right guy to slot into the lineup before September rolls around.

8 responses to “Patrick Peterson hopes Cardinals find “solid No. 2 corner”

  1. The fact that Steve Keim has yet to find a #2 Cornerback, Another wide receiver, upgraded the poor offensive line, drafted a young successor at cornerback are all reasons he’s the WORST GM in the NFL and should’ve been fired. Instead, because of his long standing tenure with the franchise and connection with ownership, he was given an extension. Didn’t you draft a Cornerback in your last 4 drafts? NONE of them have become starters.

  2. The Cards COULD have spent a bunch of money on a #2 CB, or a WR, or rebuilding the OL, or just resigning some of the players they lost through free agency – but they needed it to sign perennial All-Star and future Hall of Famer Sam Bradford to lead them to the SUPER BOWL BAYBEE!! YEAH!!!

  3. I wanted the Cards to draft a CB2 or a QB with one of their first or second round picks the last two years, yet they’ve consistently disappointed. In Keim’s defense, Cards have found another WR, and upgraded the offensive line. Their offense will be fine, and their defense will remain in the top 10.

    After all, this was the same team that went 8-8 with Blaine Gabbert/Drew Stanton at QB, and Elijah Penny/Kerywnn Williams at RB.

  4. SK knows the need at #2 CB…. He’s not stupid. And we all agree with P2 on this observation. Lets sit back and watch how SK and the new defensive oriented coaching staff respond!

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