Patrick Peterson’s role unlikely to change much under new staff

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Since he arrived in Arizona, cornerback Patrick Peterson‘s assignment, more often than not, is the opponent’s best receiver. Peterson traveled to cover a particular receiver in 11 of 16 games last season, according to Pro Football Focus.

He recently told the team website that he doesn’t want his role to “change too much” but he does want to be more involved with the game plan.

New Cardinals secondary coach David Merritt Sr. said the previous coaching staff’s plan for Peterson worked, so it’s unlikely to change much.

“You stop and think about it,” Merritt said, via Kyle Odegard of the team website. “Seven years I think he’s played, and he’s made the Pro Bowl all seven years, so obviously what they’ve been doing with him has worked.”

Merritt said he will meet with coach Steve Wilks, defensive coordinator Al Holcomb and assistant defensive backs coach Charlie Harbison each week to determine the best way to use Peterson.

“We’ll start to formulate a plan, as far as, ‘Is the best thing this week to have Patrick shadow their top receiver?’” Merritt said. “Week to week, game plan by game plan is what we’re going to try to do with him.”

3 responses to “Patrick Peterson’s role unlikely to change much under new staff

  1. obviously. why would new coaching tell him, hey 21 i know ur a shutdown corner, but we wanna revise that role a bit? must be a really really really slow news day

  2. Cool. Now will they draft a corner to play opposite of him, like they should have done last year?

  3. TheDotardinChief says:
    February 22, 2018 at 5:11 pm
    Cool. Now will they draft a corner to play opposite of him, like they should have done last year?
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    Arizona’s #2CB Tramon Williams was one of the best cornerbacks in the league last season posting an 89.5 overall grade ranking as the #9th best cornerback in the NFL via PFF, he is more than good enough to hold down that #2 role going into next year. AZ doesnt need to waste a pick on a starting CB high in the draft this year, maybe they get a guy to groom behind Williams but they aint taking anyone high in this years draft.

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