The Arizona Cardinals have a superstar on their hands in Patrick Peterson.
There is always a conversation of ranking the corners in the NFL, every year there is a bunch of names and every year Patrick Peterson finds his name in that top corners conversation.
We Arizona Cardinals fans have said for years that it seems like Peterson is covering the top target for the other team more than other corners in the league do.
Well, thanks to Pro Football Focus, we have the data to back it up now:
CBs w/ most coverage snaps following #1 WRs:— Mike Renner (@PFF_Mike) January 29, 2017
1. Patrick Peterson (259)
2. Casey Hayward (241)
3. Tracy Porter (230)
4. Jalen Ramsey (227)
Peterson is a different animal at this point in his career. He is a lightly targeted because of how good he has been, now finished with his sixth season, coming off his sixth Pro Bowl appearance, it explains why he is appreciated by his peers and the fans so much.
Peterson being the top guy though, is less interesting or surprising than the next three on the list.
Casey Hayward is a guy many thought was only a number two or three and Jalen Ramsey is a rookie in a defense run by a Seahawks disciple.
Needless to say, having Patrick Peterson is a luxury for the Arizona Cardinals and one they pay handsomely for.