Some afternoon Tuesday notes:
– After his 89-yard punt return for a touchdown, rookie cornerback Patrick Peterson is up for the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week award, voted on right here by the fans. Of course, it was a pretty big week for rookies — among the other choices are Packers return man Randall Cobb (108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown) and Cam Newton, who may have had a good day in his debut.
– Not that it necessarily means anything, but Larry Fitzgerald broke some news Tuesday on Twitter that former Vikings receiver Jaymar Johnson — who is close with Fitz and Fitz’ s brother Marcus — had a workout with the Cardinals. Teams work out players all the time; it doesn’t mean they will sign them right away or ever sign them. I know Richard Bartel worked out for the Cards last year weeks before he signed. Plenty have come through here for a work out never to be heard from again.
– The 130.0 passing rating for Kevin Kolb was the Cards’ best since Kurt Warner had a 132.9 during a five-touchdown day in Chicago in 2009. And everything didn’t click for Kolb.
– Another note on Kolb, when it comes to ESPN’s new passer rating. The attempt by ESPN to truly value a QB’s game and include everything positive and negative is worthy. A quarterback shouldn’t overly benefit on a 50-yard pass when it’s a dump in the flat and the running back, for instance, gains 45 of the yards on his skill. That said, Kolb was “hurt” by the catch-and-runs from tight end Jeff King (48 yards total) and wide receiver Early Doucet (70), and while those guys ran with the ball for most of the gains on those plays, Kolb’s cool under pressure to get the ball there with the blitz seems to me should count for more than it did.
Tags: Jaymar Johnson, Kevin Kolb, Larry Fitzgerald, Patrick Peterson
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