It’s been one of the things — if not the thing — that has stuck out in training camp thus far: Patrick Peterson’s work on the offensive side of the ball. There’s no question it’s a development unto itself, germinating from, as Bruce Arians pointed out, the idea of “Hmm, that’s a lot of weapon sitting next to me.” That makes sense. No one who has seen Peterson with the ball would dispute the idea he can make good things happen.
On a lesser note, it would be interesting to see if it would have hit as hard if the Cardinals had a clear-cut wideout beyond Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Roberts and Michael Floyd.
The Cards have been intrigued with the flashes shown by rookies Jaron Brown and Charles Hawkins and (when he hasn’t been hurt) Robert Gill, among others. But the word, from Arians and others, is that those guys need to find more consistency in their play. We still have to see how any of them look in game situations too. I’ve been watching this team long enough to have seen plenty of receivers flash in camp and more or less disappear in games. The young guys will definitely get their chance to show what they have. I don’t expect any of the top three guys to play a ton, especially in the preseason opener.
If someone emerges, perfect. But it’s easy to see them scouring cuts across the league to see if there is a receiver (and a tight end for that matter) who is worth picking up. I fully expect at least one roster move or two after that final cut to 53. These guys have a chance to cut that off with their play, and Arians has already made clear to them in his own meetings what the back half of this roster may face.
“The hardest thing in this business is you cut to 53 and someone went home celebrating and someone (else) came across the waiver wire that we feel like was better,” Arians said. “(Then) we had to release someone after he celebrated making the team. That’s the hardest thing for a coach because they went from the ultimate high to the ultimate low.
“Make me not want anybody on the waiver wire.”
Tags: Bruce Arians, Charles Hawkins, Jaron Brown, Patrick Peterson, Robert Gill
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