The talk surrounding Patrick Peterson’s relatively quiet start to the 2013 season for the Arizona Cardinals centered around the playmaking cornerback and return man as perhaps being stretched too thin by playing some offense and even being a tad overrated on defense.
Those notions could not be more inaccurate as Peterson is one of the more talented corners in the NFL, and his five snaps on offense are not going to diminish his immense skills on the defensive side of the ball or hamper him in the return game.
His eight tackles entering Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and lack of splashy plays not withstanding was too much of a small sample size to label him as “overrated” which have circulated around the Twitterverse and blogosphere in recent days and weeks.
All that should be put to bed after Peterson made a clutch interception with less than 3:30 remaining in the fourth quarter with the Cards trailing 10-3 to the Bucs. The former 5th overall pick out of LSU gave Carson Palmer a chance to tie the game up and on the very next play hit Larry Fitzgerald for a 13-yard touchdown to tie the game up at 10.
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Peterson wasn’t done there as he would pick off Mike Glennon a second time to give him two interceptions in a span of less than four minutes to save the game for Arizona as they wind up defeating the Buccaneers 13-10. The talk of him not being a top corner in the league is about as silly as Glennon throwing in his direction.
He hasn’t been playing up to his lofty standards the first three weeks of the season, but this could be the performance he needed to get jump started. Don’t be surprised if he picks up some more picks in bunches the next few weeks. A confident Peterson is a scary thing for opposing quarterbacks.
Cam Newton, who went first overall the same year Peterson was drafted, gets the Cardinals next Sunday.