Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson notched two solo tackles, one tackle for loss, and one pass defended in Sunday's loss to the St. Louis Rams .
After logging all 53 defensive snaps in Week 4, according to Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix, Peterson has earned 96 percent of those snaps this season. The heavy usage isn't reflected in Peterson's game log -- he has just six solo tackles and one interception -- but his ability as a shut-down corner may have reached new heights in 2015. Through four games, he's held opposing receivers to 85 yards total through the air, Pro Football Focus reports, which explains his lack of attention to date from opposing signal-callers.
After a disappointing 2014 season, Peterson showed up to camp in great shape and assured everyone that he was healthy and ready to go. He looked good on Sunday against Jay Cutler and the Bears when he recorded his first interception of the year. Peterson picked off 7 passes back in 2012 and if he could possibly regain that form, he'd be a solid IDP at the cornerback position.
Peterson was diagnosed during the early part of last season, but still managed to make the Pro Bowl after making 50 tackles and grabbing three interceptions.
"It's a big step, especially after you first find out about something like that, you worry it's life-threatening. But it's definitely something that's controllable," Peterson said. "The team doctors and (head athletic trainer) Tom Reed have done a great job monitoring, and I've been great so far. I'm ready to move forward."
Peterson didn't return punts a year ago as Tedd Ginn did. With Ginn gone, it's an open competition and one that even the team's star cornerback could wind up getting.
In his career, Peterson has totaled 1,323 punt return yards and four touchdowns.
"Honestly, I do think there’s a decent chance,” Peterson told the Cardinals' website. “Now that we have nothing but young guys, I’ll be the vet who understands these types of situations – how to handle those sky punts, how to handle those backed-up punts. I think there’s a very, very high percentage chance that I’ll get at least a couple this year.”
"Yeah, it did," he said. "I'd rather not go into deep detail about that. It was a situation that occurred during the season. The team [doctors] found it and got it all under wraps."
Despite the diabetic diagnosis, Peterson said he doesn't expect it to be an issue moving forward.
"No question it made a big difference and once they found out what the problem was, they put their hands around the throat, wrangled it and we moved forward from it," he said.
|5||10/11/15||@ DET||4:05 pm|
|6||10/18/15||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|8||11/1/15||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/15/15||@ SEA||8:30 pm|
|12||11/29/15||@ SF||4:05 pm|
|13||12/6/15||@ STL||1:00 pm|
|15||12/20/15||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
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