So rookie Patrick Peterson is a Pro Bowler in his first year. It’s as a return man, however, and has dynamic as he has been in that facet of the game, the Cardinals need him to be dynamic as a cornerback. He seems headed there, and, at least according to the Pro Bowler who plays beside him every day and the the Pro Bowler who must battle him in practice daily, they think he’ll be a Pro Bowler on defense at some point too.
“I’m very proud of Patrick,” safety Adrian Wilson said. “He’s a professional at a very young age. He’s eager to listen, he’s eager to learn. For a veteran like me, to have a young guy like that, it’s not only a testament to what the organization saw in him by drafting him that high, but also with him wanting to get better every day and not accept anything other than that. He practices hard, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. He’s out there like it’s game day. To see a young guy do that, I’m proud of him.
“During the course of the year, with everything that came with that draft status, I know he does well in special teams but he’s a pretty good corner too.”
Larry Fitzgerald said Peterson was “right there” as pushing for Pro Bowl talent. Fitz said he talked to Bengals rookie receiver A.J. Green after last weekend’s game and Green told him that Peterson was “by far” the best cornerback he had faced.
“I feel the same way when I compete against him,” Fitzgerald said. “There aren’t many guys around the league on Sundays that can match up with his physical tools. And his ball skills, his tackling, the only thing he needs is experience.”
Like Wilson, Fitzgerald is impressed with Peterson’s maturity. Don’t forget, Peterson doesn’t turn 22 until next July.
“The one thing about Patrick, since the day I met him, is the guy has the disposition of a 10-year vet,” Fitzgerald said. “He has a quiet confidence about him and a maturity that you’d expect from a guy in the league a lot longer. I am pretty sure he will go (to the Pro Bowl) and go above and beyond.
“I remember at that draft, and everyone was talking Von Miller-this and Von Miller-that, and he’s a fantastic player and Pro Bowler. But for Patrick this year, I think he’s been the best in the league (as a rookie) except for Cam Newton.”
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