Yes, that’s right. The time has finally come. Queue Mase! Fans have been waiting, yearning for the return of Patrick Peterson. Team expectations have lowered since the announcement of his suspension back in May. The Arizona Cardinals struggled early in the first quarter of the season, but after winning two straight, his return comes at the perfect time.
Vance has options
Defensive Coordinator Vance Joseph now has the ability to shut down one side of the field or the opposing team’s best receiver. At this rate, Vance can (and should) utilize a variety of both options during any game. Opposing Quarterbacks will now have to worry about what “P2” is doing at all times in the game. Is he covering our #1? Is he in zone coverage? WHERE IS HE?! These scenarios can wreck havoc on an opposing teams offensive game plan and Peterson knows that.
Despite frequent trade rumors since the announcement of his suspension, there appear to be no signs that the Cardinals are going to let Patrick Peterson wear any other color than “Cardinal Red”. Don’t forget, Peterson has moved past the frustrations of last year. This is great news for a defense that has desperately needed an identity this season. A defense that is near dead last in Total Yards Per Game and Passing Yards Per Game, it will be nice to see just how much one man can help improve those statistics.
The Patrick Peterson effect
Having Patrick Peterson back won’t just help the defense, but the offense as well. Kyler Murray and the rest of the offense won’t have to engage in more “offensive shootouts” that they aren’t prepared to be in. This will bring a more balanced approach and hopefully garner more takeaways for the red birds. It’s simple: more takeaways = more scoring opportunities. After the New York Giants, the next 5 games will only get tougher, but reinforcements have finally come. Welcome back, P2.