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Peterson Adds Another Dimension to the Cards D

Yahoo! Sports says while CB wasn’t the teams biggest need on draft night, the team simply could not pass on the talent they got with Patrick Peterson.

Cornerback is not the team’s greatest need, but Peterson and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie give the Cardinals an impressive young duo.

“They know I’m bringing a fierce, competitive, confident young man,” Peterson said. “I believe I’m all the way NFL-ready.”

Peterson brings the added benefit of being a gifted returner. He was not only the SEC’s defensive player of the year, but also the special teams player of the year.

He returned two punts for touchdowns and averaged 29.1 yards on kick returns.

The Cardinals already have a talented kick returner in LaRod Stephens-Howling, but Whisenhunt would like to use him more on offense in 2011. To give him rest, Peterson could take over.

Peterson also could eventually have a role as a punt returner.

“I think he could line up today and be a kick returner in the NFL,” Whisenhunt said, “and be one of the best ones. As a punt returner, he certainly has the skill-set to do it, but we obviously want to see him do it.”


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