After Patrick Peterson made a pair of interceptions last week in Tampa, coach Bruce Arians called Peterson the best cornerback in the game. That shouldn’t come as a surprise.
It’s certainly a topic that has come up before. Peterson certainly has a lot of confidence in himself. Sometimes, he’s a little more vague about his place in the pecking order than others. Sometimes, he talks about being the best cornerback in the game or wanting to be the best cornerback in the game. It never sounds over-the-top. Most of the time, he sounds matter of fact. He said it on a recent appearance on profootballtalk.com’s daily video show.
“I definitely feel like I am the best corner in the game. I just want to continue getting better every week,” Peterson said. “I believe if I do my job to the best of my ability, which is going out there and not letting the opponent’s number one receiver to get off and have a big game, I believe we have a big opportunity of winning the ball game.”
Peterson added that if can compete going against the opponent’s best receiver every game, “then there’s no question that you are the number one defensive back in the league.”
Of course, that’s debatable. There are plenty of backers of Darrelle Revis in Tampa and Richard Sherman in Seattle. Certainly, Sherman is excellent — although it would be interesting to swap these guys around into the different defenses for which they play and see if that impacts the play. Nevertheless, it doesn’t change the fact Peterson is one of the biggest keys on the defense. Nor the fact he aches to improve so that he can take some of the doubt out of such debates.
“He’s getting better and better, not that he wasn’t any good,” said Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith, against whom Peterson will most likely match up Sunday. “He has confidence in himself and his abilities, and why would he not? His play shows it.”
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