To be an elite cornerback as Patrick Peterson is you must have an air of confidence that borders on arrogance. It’s one of the toughest positions in the game where you are left on an island defending the top wide receiver’s in the sport on a weekly basis in an offensive-friendly league where defenders are at a disadvantage.
The former LSU Tiger and current Arizona Cardinals cornerback possesses that trait and isn’t shy about proclaiming his prowess on the field. In an interview on the NBC Sports Network show Pro Football Talk Wednesday, Peterson made a boastful statement.
“I definitely feel like I am the best corner in the game. I just want to continue getting better every week. I believe if I do my job to the best of my ability, which is going out there and not letting the opponent’s number one receiver to get off and have a big game, I believe we have a big opportunity of winning the ball game. I’m pleased to have that opportunity each and every week to go against the offense’s best receiver. I believe that if you can do that week in and week out then there’s no question that you are the number one defensive back in the league.”
Peterson is coming off one of his best games as a pro and maybe even the best after he picked off two passes from Tampa Bay quarterback Mike Glennon with less than four minutes to go. He has already been to the Pro Bowl twice in his first two seasons in the league and was named an All-Pro returner in his rookie season of 2011.
He holds NFL records for 699 punt return yards in a season and most punt return touchdowns in a season with four and after a standout career at LSU where he won the Thorpe and Benarik awards in addition to the SEC defensive player of the year award in 2010 is starting to dominate on defense.
He will be tested by Carolina Panther’s stud receiver, Steve Smith on Sunday and I’m sure Smith–who has never been a shrinking violet–will be in his ear for 60 minutes asking him if he really thinks he’s the best.
For his career Peterson has 123 tackles, 11 interceptions and six fumble recoveries.
Peterson thinks he’s the best, but what do you think? Is he better than Richard Sherman, Charles Tillman, Darrelle Revis or some of the other shutdown corners in the league?
I think you can win with any of those guys, but none of them bring the added dimension Peterson brings to the return game. He is just starting to scratch the surface on his potential and can impact the game in more ways than any other corner in the game. That is why he is correct, he is the best corner in the NFL.
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