Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals has spent some of his young career returning punts and playing wide receiver.
Now he can concentrate on just being a Pro Bowl cornerback, one of the best in the NFL.
With the additions of Ted Ginn, Jr. and John Brown, the Red Birds are all set with punt return men. Brown, Ginn,Jr.and Walt Powell give the Cards additional depth at wide receiver so Peterson, who was basically Arizona's fourth WR last season, does not have to worry about that dynamic in 2014.
Regarding relinquishing those duties, Peterson stated the following via azcardinals.com:
"My duties are now done. But I am completely OK with it.”
The three-time Pro Bowler is also in the process of working on a contract extension.
He said that those contract talks aren't a distraction.
"Not at all,” Peterson said. “I am here to play football, 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 have been here and that’s my first goal. That’s what I am focusing in on right now."
The LSU product will team with Antonio Cromartie, the former New York Jet, to form one of the best cornerback tandems in the league. That will be key because the NFC West has opposing wide receivers Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin and Percy Harvin,among others.
One thing that Peterson does not lack though is confidence.
He has that in abundance.
“Do I feel I am the best cornerback? Absolutely,” Peterson said. “That answer is never going to change. But that conversation is always going to come up. “At the end of the day I don’t believe any of those guys are going to say, ‘This guy is better than (me).’ As a man, I can’t fathom putting another guy in front of me.”
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