For a list that so many insist doesn’t mean anything, there are plenty of players and others who have issues with how the NFL Network’s Top 100 list has played out. The Cardinals are a part of that debate, after cornerback Patrick Peterson was named as the No. 33 player on the list given that Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was No. 50. It echoed the Pro Bowl results, which had Peterson making the team and Sherman not, even after Sherman had an incredible season. Sherman finds a way to talk about just about anything but I haven’t found that he has addressed being below Peterson on the top 100.
As for Peterson, he smiled when asked about being ranked higher than Sherman and other cornerbacks. “I will always like that idea,” Peterson said. “But I am not in competition with any of those guys. I want to continue to help my team the best way that I can and being the best cornerback I can and continue to go out and shut down the best receivers. That’s what I get paid to do. I don’t get paid to go against other cornerbacks. It’s to do my job to the best of my ability, to go out on Sunday and shut down the opponent’s number one guy.”
It was a weird offseason for Peterson. He missed the bulk of the voluntary OTAs “taking care of some family matters,” he said, but when he returned for mandatory minicamp this week he didn’t look like he had missed a beat.
“It felt extremely good to be back, especially (Tuesday) in front of the fans,” Peterson said. “I’m one of the most in-shape guys on the team. I made sure I still did what I needed to do to be ready when I came back. I didn’t want to be behind. I wanted to be a step above everyone on the field. It’s a long season and I want to continue to improve and better myself and be one of the premier cornerbacks in the game.”
— And, after our discussion the other day about it, it turned out Larry Fitzgerald did indeed make the NFL Network’s Top 100 list, at No. 22. And that was after a down year Fitz never wants to live through again. It’s a testament to Fitz’s reputation among his peers.
Tags: Larry Fitzgerald, Patrick Peterson, Richard Sherman
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