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#21 CB | 6'1", 219 lbs. | Arizona
Birth Date:July 11, 1990 (24 years old) Place of Birth:Fort Lauderdale, FL Hometown:Pompano Beach, FL College:Louisiana State
Drafted:Drafted by Arizona in 2011 (1/5).
Drafted:Drafted by Arizona in 2011 (1/5).
|Assets:||Has virtually every quality NFL teams covet in a cornerback: physicality, size, elite athleticism, speed, quickness, and great intensity level. Instinctive, and has the efficient approach needed to be a constant playmaker and interception threat. Also an explosive, tenacious return man who's a constant scoring threat.|
|Flaws:||Could be a bigger hitter and tougher physically (which is occasionally an issue in one-on-one battles with the NFL's bigger, more overpowering receivers). Not as productive as a tacker as he could / should be.|
|Career Potential:||Eventual star cornerback & return man.|
Career Honors & Awards
|NFL||Named to play in Pro Bowl||2013, 2012, 2011|
|NCAA||Chuck Bednarik Award||2010|
|NCAA||Jim Thorpe Award||2010|
Movements & Injuries
|4/21/2014||Arizona Cardinals exercised their contract option for the 2015 season.|
|7/30/2011||Signed by the Arizona Cardinals to a four-year contract.|
|4/28/2011||Drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the 1st round (5th Overall) in 2011.|
Peterson won't play on returns or offense | 05/14/2014 11:43 AM
NewsCardinals CB Patrick Peterson will not play on special teams or offense this season.
ImpactPeterson had a package of offensive plays last season, resulting in six catches and four carries. He's also been one of the game's premier punt returners for the last seasons, averaging 10.3 yards per return and scoring four touchdowns. But the Cardinals are preparing to sign him to a Richard Sherman/Joe Haden kind of deal, and don't need to risk injury with returners Ted Ginn/John Brown now on the roster.
Cardinals, CB Peterson talking $60M extension | 05/13/2014 10:10 AM
NewsESPN reports the Cardinals and CB Patrick Peterson are discussing a long-term contract extension that could be worth more than $60 million.
ImpactWith Richard Sherman securing a $57 million extension that included $40 million guaranteed from the Seahawks last week, Peterson's agent and the Cardinals now have a template to work from. Peterson won't turn 24 until July. He's under team control through 2015 at just under $13 million, so there's no rush to get a deal done. Peterson and Joe Haden are next up for big extensions.
Peterson's days as a reciever & returner over | 05/10/2014 12:00 PM
NewsArizona coach Bruce Arians confirmed the team is unlikely to use CB Patrick Peterson as a wide receiver or kick returner after adding WR Ted Ginn Jr. in free agency and drafting WR John Brown in the third round.
ImpactThe Cardinals tried and failed to get Peterson involved in the offense last season, and it seems that experiment is officially over. Ginn Jr. is expected to handle the kick and punt returning duties and help the offense as a situational deep threat. Brown can also help as a returner and brings blazing speed the wide receiver corps. Peterson can now focus on his main job as top-flight corner.
Peterson, Cardinals waiting on Sherman deal? | 04/30/2014 11:46 AM
NewsThe Cardinals are not believed to be in serious extension negotiations with Patrick Peterson yet.
Cardinals exercise Patrick Peterson's option | 04/21/2014 3:11 PM
NewsCardinals exercised CB Patrick Peterson's fifth-year club option for 2015.
Patrick Peterson will still do shadowing | 03/27/2014 11:38 AM
NewsDC Todd Bowles said Patrick Peterson will still be asked to shadow receivers at times.
ImpactIn theory, the Cardinals could just "play sides" with their corners as long as newly signed Antonio Cromartie returns to 2012 form. But that would represent an under-utilization of Peterson, a potentially dominant press-man corner that is entering his prime. "It won't influence what Pat does," Bowles said of Cromartie's arrival. "They both match up well. Some games Pat will be matching up, some games Cromartie will be matching up, depending on the receiver."
Report: AZ will exercise Peterson's option | 03/25/2014 6:26 PM
NewsThe Arizona Republic reports the Cardinals plan to exercise Patrick Peterson's fifth-year option for 2015 this offseason, and to begin extension talks.
ImpactThe Cards have until May 3 to officially exercise Peterson's option. The extra year of team control gives Arizona leeway in long-term talks. Peterson fired his agent in January, fueling speculation that he was angling for an extension. Peterson passed up an opportunity last month to say he wouldn't hold out.
Patrick Peterson doesn't rule out holdout | 02/04/2014 9:54 PM
NewsAppearing on Tuesday's Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network, Patrick Peterson passed up an opportunity to say he wasn't considering a holdout.
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ImpactAngling for a contract extension, Peterson recently switched agents. "I can't speak on that right now," Peterson said. "Me and my agent, we haven't talked about some of those possibilities. But hopefully we can get something done." Peterson is technically signed through just 2014, but the Cardinals can exercise a fifth-year option on his rookie contract. Arizona holds most of the cards in long-term talks.
Cardinals holding off on Peterson extension | 01/24/2014 8:34 PM
NewsAZCardinals.com's Darren Urban doesn't expect CB Patrick Peterson to receive a contract extension this offseason.
ImpactPeterson recently changed agents, leading to speculation that he's pushing for a new deal. The Cardinals can exercise a fifth-year option to keep Peterson under contract through 2015, and seem likely to wait until next year to begin long-term talks. Peterson has made the Pro Bowl in two straight seasons and graded out as the No. 16 corner in Pro Football Focus' year-end ratings. He's expected to command over $50 million guaranteed on his next contract.
Patrick Peterson fires agent Patrick Lawlor | 11/27/2013 6:46 PM
NewsPatrick Peterson fired his agent, Patrick Lawlor, on Monday night.
ImpactPeterson is expected to hire Joel Segal of Lagardere Unlimited as his new representation, just a few months before he's set to begin negotiating a long-term deal with the Cardinals. Peterson has one year left on his rookie deal following the 2013 season, and he's expected to command over $50 million guaranteed on a new contract. Peterson is Pro Football Focus' No. 8 corner.
Cards GM raves about Patrick Peterson | 08/14/2013 5:50 PM
NewsCardinals GM Steve Keim compares RCB Patrick Peterson to Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders.
Impact"I've never been a part of a team with a more valuable defensive player," Keim raved. "Then you consider the guy can really help you in three phases of the game - defense, special teams and now as a receiver. He is one of a kind." Peterson has been taking regular snaps on offense this summer. Peterson's game doesn't quite yet match his reputation on defense, but that could change this season.
Patrick Peterson getting more reps w/ offense | 08/05/2013 9:18 AM
NewsRCB Patrick Peterson is in about 15 of the Cardinals' offensive plays.
ImpactCoach Bruce Arians claims Peterson could be one of the top five wide receivers in the NFL. He's using his top corner and dynamic return man on the outside, in the slot and as a wingback. We don't doubt Peterson's athletic ability, but anything more than a fistful of snaps in four-wide sets on offense all year would be a surprise. Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and Andre Roberts won't be coming off the field much.
Patrick Peterson runs routes as wideout | 07/30/2013 6:45 PM
NewsCardinals RCB Patrick Peterson ran routes as a receiver in Tuesday's training-camp session.
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Cardinals want to extend Peterson in 2013 | 04/29/2013 7:09 PM
NewsMike Jurecki of XTRA Phoenix reports the Cardinals would like to extend CB Patrick Peterson's contract this season.
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Cardinals to keep Peterson on punt returns | 02/08/2013 3:25 PM
NewsNew Cardinals coach Bruce Arians plans to keep RCB Patrick Peterson on punt returns.
ImpactPeterson's punt-return efficiency slipped dramatically in his second NFL season, but the special teams workload has yet to affect his pass coverage. "He can't get his hands on the ball enough for me," Arians said. "As long as the other team is punting, he's going to be back there." Peterson averaged 15.9 yards on 44 punt returns with four touchdowns as a rookie. In 2012, his average slipped to 8.4 yards on 51 chances without a score.
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Career Regular Season Statistics
2013 Game Highs
|Kick Returns||1||vs. Car||Week 5||0|
|Kick Returns Yards||18||vs. Car||Week 5||0|
|Kick Returns TD||0||16 times-last:vs. SF||last:Week 17||0|
|Punt Returns||6||vs. Hou||Week 10||5|
|Punt Returns Yards||74||vs. Hou||Week 10||76|
|Punt Returns TD||0||16 times-last:vs. SF||last:Week 17||0|
|Tackles||7||at Ten||Week 15||7|
|Assists||1||2 times-last:vs. SF||last:Week 17||1|
|Sacks||0||16 times-last:vs. SF||last:Week 17||0|
|Sacks Yards||0||16 times-last:vs. SF||last:Week 17||0|
|Fumble Recoveries||1||2 times-last:at Jax||last:Week 11||1|
|Defensive TD||0||16 times-last:vs. SF||last:Week 17||0|
|Interceptions||2||at TB||Week 4||1|
|Interceptions Yards||43||vs. Car||Week 5||31|
|Interceptions TD||0||16 times-last:vs. SF||last:Week 17||0|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Fumble Recoveries||2||2013 (Ari)|
|Interceptions Yards||64||2012 (Ari)|