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Peterson Wants to Play Rookie Year Between 210 and 212 Pounds

The Cards official site reports that first-round draft pick Patrick Peterson is planning on playing the 2011 season between 210 and 212 pounds.

Back when he showed up at the Cards’ complex for his introductory press conference, first-round draft pick Patrick Peterson spent a good 30 minutes beforehand talking with strength and conditioning coach John Lott. Lott, who knew his time with the top rookie was going to be severely limited this offseason, used the time to get out all the advice he’d normally deliver over a period of weeks. Talking on “Chuck and Vince Live” this morning on The Fan 1060 AM, however, Peterson has trimmed some weight off his 220-pound frame and said he’d like to start off his NFL career between around 210 or 212 pounds. “I’m kind of sick of hearing ‘You are 220, you can’t hang with the best, you might have to move to safety,’ so I kind of did it on my own,” Peterson said. “It was my decision. I want to go to camp kind of light because I know it’s a different climate in Arizona and I don’t want to be killing myself up there in the heat.” Lott famously tells most players when he first gets them in Arizona they should drop a few pounds. Peterson also said he worked out with Fitzgerald some before Fitzgerald went back to Minnesota recently, and also said he is “keeping my fingers crossed” he can wear No. 21. “I gotta have 21 on my back,” he said. (That number currently is held by free-agent-to-be safety Hamza Abdullah).

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