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Cornerback Robert Alford is healthy and ready to play in 2020

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Alford and Patrick Peterson to man the outside as Byron Murphy moves back to the slot

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The Arizona Cardinals’ secondary, on paper, was the most improved unit of the defense early last offseason, after inking Robert Alford to a three-year deal to pair up with All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson.

Unfortunately for them, those plans immediately changed due to Peterson’s suspension and Alford suffering a serious leg injury in week two of the 2019 preseason.

In Robert Alford’s latest interview with Cardinals reporter Lisa Matthews, the eight-year veteran cornerback provided an update in regards to his health.

“I’ve been getting a lot of DMs and comments about how i’m feeling,” Alford said. “I’m feeling good. I’m 100 percent”

He has worked hard during his road to recovery and is anxious to get back to work.

“I was rehabbing with a guy here that was downtown that was able to help me out during this offseason,” he said. “Right now, i’m ready to rock.”

“I’m just ready for [the NFL] to set the date that we can come back for the offseason and start this thing rolling”

With Alford back to pair up with Peterson as the two starting cornerbacks, last season’s second-round pick Byron Murphy will be moved back to the slot where Kliff Kingsbury and Vance Joseph thinks he will thrive.

Alford has had a full year to learn and grasp Joseph’s playbook. He should be ready to play immediately and wants to prove to the Cardinals that they made a good decision in signing him last season.

“I’m very eager to get back and show my work, the reason why they bought me in last year,” he said. “For me, i’m just eager and every day is pushing me to be a better player.”

Although it may be a bit too early to say but if he can return back to his pre-injury form, Alford could very well be in the conversations for Comeback Player of the Year in 2020.

There are reasons to get excited for the upcoming season and Robert Alford makes the Cardinals’ defense a lot better.