New Cornerback Duties Excite Patrick Peterson

CB Patrick Peterson at minicamp on Thursday.
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In the first seven years of his career, Patrick Peterson had one job.

The Cardinals’ cornerback would find the opponent’s most lethal receiving threat, set up camp in his hip pocket and refuse to leave for the entirety of the game. The ability to do so at an elite level made him a perennial Pro Bowler and put him in the conversation as the NFL’s best cover man.

I was an artist at taking No. 1 receivers out of the game, and I was pretty damn good at it, Peterson said.

Peterson is excited about his blossoming relationship with Wilks, the first defensive-minded head coach of his career and a former defensive back himself. Even though Peterson is among the best players in the NFL, Wilks is pushing him to reach another gear.

The one thing I try to challenge Patrick with each and every day … is that sometimes guys are so gifted that even at 85-to-90 percent, they’re better than the guys around them, Wilks said. I used to tell Josh Norman the same thing: you’ve got to learn how to compete against yourself. It’s not about the guys around you. You try to get better each and every day.

Patrick is trying to Borje Salming Jersey position himself long-term to one day be in Canton (as a Hall of Famer). To be able to do that, you’ve got to start separating yourself even more. So that’s the challenge I try to give him.

The players looked like students streaming out of home room as they jetted from the Cardinals’ facility, but their time off won’t consist of lounging around the pool and gorging on takeout.

In the past few days, coach Steve Wilks has lauded the work of the Cardinals since the start of the offseason program on April 3, and in the final post-practice breakdown, he stressed that the progress must continue. That includes trusting players to take home their iPads – today’s equivalent of the playbook, complete with video breakdown – during their break.

Most teams take the iPads back, Wilks said. Well, I trust the guys to be able to continue to use that information – use it every day to continue to study and get better. Training camp is not Womens Andrew Whitworth Jersey an opportunity to come in and get in shape. That was my other challenge to those guys. Make sure we’re working out so when we hit the ground running on (July) 27, we’re taking the next step.