While watching a ton of video on Cardinals rookie Patrick Peterson, NFL Films analyst Greg Cosell has his opinions on the cornerback, but he said the best way to notice his progress is simply by watching the spots his own coaching staff has put him in of late.
“The team is telling you how he’s doing by how they are using him,” Cosell said. “They are using him on the opponent’s number one receiver with no help over the top. That says something.”
It says that Peterson has made huge strides on defense. He didn’t play well earlier in the season at cornerback, and his defense has been well overshadowed by his incredible punt return exploits. But as good as he is on special teams, the Cards took him No. 5 overall to be a eventual star at cornerback. Maybe he’s headed in that direction.
“I have a tough assignment,” Peterson said. “I’m a rookie going against these number one receivers each and every week. That’s a tough duty. But that’s what they expect out of me and I want to have it continue that way.
“The beauty about the NFL is that there are 16 games to improve. I had a rough beginning of the season, but those things come with being a rookie and a top five guy being on a number one receiver. I have stayed patient and done things I know help me be better.”
Cosell marvels at Peterson’s athletic ability. After watching video from the Cowboys-Cardinals game, Cosell said Peterson, covering Dez Bryant, “ate him up.”
“Patrick Peterson has improved dramatically,” Cosell said. “I’d argue, if you put Darrelle Revis number one and Johnathan Joseph number two, Peterson would be number three over the last month or so. I don’t think anyone is playing better at the position right now.”
Peterson knows he isn’t there yet.
“It’s progress I want to make,” Peterson said. “I don’t want to rush into it. The game is starting to slow down for me. I believe I am a much different player than I was Week One. … It feels good to know where I am at right now even though I know I can get better.”
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