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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