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Patrick Peterson, the Arizona Cardinals' Pro Bowl cornerback and punt returner, could get some snaps at wide receiver this year.

Cardinals first-year coach Bruce Arians said that Peterson is too talented to not be used on offense. Peterson also likes the idea.

"I'm pretty dynamic with the ball in my hands," Peterson said. "I'm not saying the offense needs help. They have great talent over there. But I guess (Arians) just wanted more explosive plays from guys that could help."

Arians discussed the possibility of having Peterson play some on offense with his star cornerback.

"I had hopes that he could be something special in a package a week," Arians said. "But after you see the athlete he is, he probably could be one of the top five receivers in the league. So you say, 'Hmm, that's a lot of weapon sitting over here next to me.' "

Arians said that he has installed about 15 plays with Peterson on offense, though a single-game package would include fewer plays.

"But there's no doubt we're going to utilize his skill set on offense," Arians said.

Peterson has caught some passes at wide receiver in practice and has lined up in the backfield.

Peterson has started at cornerback since the Cardinals took him with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2011 draft.

Now it appears he will get to play on offense, even if it is just a few snaps per game.
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