The Cardinals are apparently serious about giving Peterson a significant look at wide receiver this year.
— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) August 3, 2013
It makes sense. The Cardinals could use some offensive punch, and Peterson might help. He returned four punt returns for touchdowns as a rookie two seasons ago. And the Cardinals believe Peterson has the talent to be a top receiver if he concentrated on it.
Coach Bruce Arians apparently said Peterson could be a top 5 wide receiver in the NFL if he wanted, something Peterson downplayed.
By the way, Patrick Peterson danced around Arians' comment that he could be one of top 5 WRs in NFL. "My primary position is cornerback." — Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) August 3, 2013
It's a pretty smart move by Arians to get creative and maximize the talent on his roster. Peterson is big, fast and quick, so he'd be dangerous as a wide receiver. He has played a little bit of offense already, with four career catches. The Cardinals wouldn't risk him not being effective at cornerback, so he wouldn't be on offense full time. Still, a regular role on offense for Peterson would be fun to track. Consider that he can do this with the ball in his hands:
It's reminiscent of Deion Sanders, who played fairly regularly at receiver during his career. Sanders actually caught 36 passes for 475 yards for the Cowboys in 1996, while being a first-team All-Pro at cornerback. This year, there might be another No. 21 starring on both sides of the ball.
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