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Peterson means no offense — yet

Posted by Darren Urban on November 4, 2011 – 9:12 am

Maybe it’s about the No. 21.

But after the last defensive back to wear 21 long-term — Antrel Rolle — got his chances to play a little offense because of his skills when the ball was in his hands, the Cardinals’ current version of 21 certainly looks like a candidate to do the same. Rookie cornerback Patrick Peterson definitely can be a difference-maker when he is carrying the ball, as his two 80-plus-yard punt returns for touchdowns have proven already this season.

“I love carrying the ball, the feel of the football in my hands,” Peterson said while talking about his punt return abilities. “It’s like my child. You want to take care of your child. It’s fun to have the pigskin in your hands.”

Amazingly, he hasn’t gotten the chance much, at least, not on offense. In college at LSU — where it would seem to be the perfect spot to unleash a great athlete two ways — Peterson said coach Les Miles “flirted” with the idea of Peterson getting some offensive work. “He said we were going to and we worked on things here and there but we never ran it in a game,” Peterson said.

As for the NFL, it remains a waiting game. Peterson is still learning to be a cornerback, and that’s a good reason to not overload his plate. Peterson said he has had a brief conversation with coach Ken Whisenhunt about playing offense.

“If you keep doing that and putting up numbers like that, we’ll have to put you on offense,” was Whisenhunt’s message after his recent return, according to Peterson.

“We’ll see how that goes,” Peterson added. “I would love to play offense but at the end of the day, that’s coach Whiz’s decision.”


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14 Responses to “Peterson means no offense — yet”

  1. By Eric Y on Nov 4, 2011 | Reply

    Crazy, I just posted a thread on the cardinals forums about this same thing last night. Checking down to this guy could actually make for huge plays!

  2. By Chris on Nov 4, 2011 | Reply

    At times this season, he has been almost our ONLY offense! If that’s what it takes to get a W, give that man the ball!

  3. By Ltlane on Nov 4, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Darren,

    Looks like i am getting more addicted to your blog, lol. In any case, I am wondering about PP on offense. It seems like he is improving right before everyone’s eyes as a CB, and his Punt Return skills were never in doubt. But, with the season the way it is going, does it keep Whis from calling some of the trick plays that he used to be somewhat renowned for? PP would be a great distraction for some of the trick plays, but possibly open up KW to more criticism if they go wrong, and distract PP from becominga top 5 CB in this league, of which i think he is fully capable.

    It constantly amazes me how short fans memories are about how it was before KW came to town. Sometimes personnel decisions can get tricky, i was not happy about the way the Leinart situation occured, but he seems to be very straightforward and honest. Doing your job i feel i would be constantly annoyed at the fickle fan base, how do you deal with constant criticisms, being so much further “in the loop” and knowing the targets of the criticism on a personnel level?

  4. By Rodgerscromartie17 on Nov 4, 2011 | Reply

    I bet screen passes to this kid would be sick, same with some direct snaps or even some end arounds like we did with breaston against chi 2 years back

  5. By Darren Urban on Nov 4, 2011 | Reply

    Ltlane –

    RE: Comments

    It’s part of the job. Many points are valid. Most people don’t know everything, however. Not as much as me. And heck, I certainly don’t know everything.

  6. By AndyStandsUp on Nov 4, 2011 | Reply

    The “Pahokee” scheme has been an integral part of Whiz’s offense since he’s been here. Cards have used Boldin, Rolle and Breaston in the backfield with success and other than Peterson, who on this year’s roster would be capable of filling that position? Chansi Stuckey maybe?

  7. By joe67 on Nov 4, 2011 | Reply

    There was another #21 who DID play on offense and did a pretty good job, Terry Metcalf. I will always associate that number with him. Maybe Patrick can chage that.
    Ahh, where is Jim Hart, Jim Otis, Steve Jones Mel Gray and Terry when we need them?

  8. By REALIST CARDS #1 FAN on Nov 4, 2011 | Reply

    Patrick Peterson is going primetime already he is by far our best cornerback as a rookie and this is without OTA’s.He had a lil trouble first couple games just learning the defensive schemes and adjusting to the speed of the game in the NFL.But this guy is going to be problem for receivers for many years,hes got great speed,very strong and physical,great awareness.I was begging not to pass on peterson with the 5th pick in the draft,great pick without a doubt.Just in case you havent noticed they rarely throw his way now,worried he’d take the INT for 6.Against the Ravens he shut down every receiver not giving up a single catch.He had 1 pass interference call against Boldin thats it.Boldin was begging for a flag he had no catches against peterson and I mean NONE ZERO.And believe me I watch his every move when hes on the field.DINAMIC PLAYER if you dont believe me watch the tape.ELITE SHUTDOWN CORNER BY NEXT SEASON MARK MY WORDS.

  9. By CardsFan on Nov 4, 2011 | Reply

    Darren–
    Love this piece!!! Peterson seem like he’d make a good distraction for FITZ, it’s not that Doucet or Roberts aren’t good decoys, it’s just the point of how dangerous Peterson is when the balls in his hands.
    So my question is… Is it that there’s a high risk/reward factor of possibly being injured carrying the ball that keeps guys like Peterson from going both ways & getting touches???

  10. By Darren Urban on Nov 4, 2011 | Reply

    AndyStands –

    RE: Pahokee

    Maybe Early? He is the emergency quarterback.

  11. By remy on Nov 4, 2011 | Reply

    YOU CANT FORGET ABOUT DEVIN HESTER ONCE A CORNER BACK AND TURNED INTO A LETHAL WEAPON BOTH ON SPECIAL TEAMS AND AS A RECEIVER “MIND YOU HE HASN’T HAD A GOOD QUARTERBACK” BUT JUST THINK I THINK HE COULD BE A BETTER VERSION OF BOLDIN STRONGER AND FASTER! JUST A THOUGHT OTHER THEN THAT DARREN WHAT WOULD BE THE CHANCES THAT HADNOT COULD MOVE TO LEFT TACKLE AND REPLACE HIM WITH DUCE AND HOW COULD WE GET RID OF L.BROWN FOR WORTH VALUE TO OUR TEAM SINCE WE HAVE NO SECOND ROUND PICK WOULD CUTTING HIM OUTRIGHT HELP OUR CAP SPACE FOR FREE AGENT ROOM!!! AND WHO IS A TARGET WE COULD LOOK AT FOR CORNER HELP LETS FACE IT WE HAVE MABEY’S AND #21 BUT #21 CANT DO IT BY HIMSELF AND SORRY #24 BUT WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT THIS TOO DRREN WHAT IS OUR CAP SPACE NEXT YEAR ANYWAY??????

  12. By AndyStandsUp on Nov 4, 2011 | Reply

    Yeah, Doucet is versatile, but to me, isn’t the playmaker that Boldin, Rolle or Peterson was/is. (Rhodes is a better athlete IMO, playing QB in college at Louisville, but he’s on the shelf.)

    If the Cards lose this Sunday (and the pressure is REALLY going to be high for Skelton to produce a win) there may not be enough space to hold all the expletives I’m going to write.

  13. By dre 1368 on Nov 4, 2011 | Reply

    i think we need him on the o side cause we lack team speed at every position. expect for running back but he out for the year. i would love to have toler in there and pp21 as our dbs toler is a mean dude when he tackles. money mike was 6 inches taller he would be great hart and determantion cant be match by none one on the team hes 5 5 and drags dude to the ground with all his mights

  14. By NJCardsFan on Nov 6, 2011 | Reply

    I know that I am getting waaaaaaay ahead of myself, but I think it is fair to say that our playoff chances are out the door at this point. With that said, how sick would it be to draft Tyrann Mathieu with our first draft pick. Peterson and Mathieu playing corner together again. Cards defensive backfield would be the illest in the NFL. Wouldn’t mind the LB Hightower either. I know Cards need O-linemen but they can address that later in the draft or through free agency.

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