Patrick Peterson loves new crown-of-helmet rule

By Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

Patrick Peterson, here tackling Brandon Marshall, likes the commissioner's safety initiatives. (USATSI)

A chorus of running backs, but also receivers and defensive backs, have come out against the new rule making it illegal to lead with the crown-of-the-helmet outside the tackle box.

Arizona's third-year corner, Patrick Peterson, not only loves the rule. He went out of his way to praise commissioner Roger Goodell's moves to make the game safer.

“The game has definitely changed, but I believe the commissioner is changing the game for the good,” Peterson said on ESPN 1100 in Las Vegas with Mitch Moss and Seat Williams, via

“At the same time, these guys want to make the game as safe as possible, so [we] football players can have the longevity after our football careers. I think Roger Goodell is doing a great job trying to implement these rules and make the games as safe as possible. We don't want to go out there spearing guys and running backs dropping their helmets and chests. I actually love the rule.”

Peterson also was asked about his former LSU teammate, Tyrann Mathieu, who has had numerous off-the-field problems but is now projected as a second- or third-round pick.

“I think he is definitely going to make it in the league,” Peterson said. “He has a ton of potential to be the top guy in the league, as well. I just can't wait to see what team is going to take a chance on him and pick him up in the 2013 draft.”

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