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NFL’s Top 100: Patrick Peterson (#23)

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The parallels in the careers of superstar cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and Aeneas Williams are adding up the longer Peterson remains with the Arizona Cardinals.

As Williams built the majority of his Hall of Fame career with the Cardinals, his individual accolades — six of his eight Pro Bowl nods, four of his five All-Pro nods — greatly outpaced his team’s success. The Cardinals made the playoffs just once in Williams’ 10 seasons with the squad, and won just one playoff game.

Peterson is entering his eighth season with the Cardinals. In that time he’s been a seven-time Pro Bowler and a three-time All-Pro. But the Cardinals have only made the playoffs twice in Peterson’s career, and have won just one playoff game. Continue reading

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NFL’s Top 100: Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson (#18)

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Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu is really good. Tyrann Mathieu is aware that he’s really good. And Tyrann Mathieu is a third-round draft pick still working under his rookie contract, so Tyrann Mathieu is trying to get as much positive attention and money as possible.

So for Mathieu to say that he actually gets upset when his teammate, Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, gets less attention than him, it shows how good Peterson must be. For further proof, Peterson’s peers around the league (including Mathieu) voted him No. 18 on the NFL Network’s ranking of the league’s top 100 players for 2016. Continue reading

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NFL’s Top 100: Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu (#28)

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We’ll never know exactly how close Tyrann Mathieu came to going down in football history as the defensive backfield’s version of Maurice Clarett. All that matters now is that Mathieu got his life in order and has blossomed into one of the best players in the NFL.

Not too long ago, Mathieu was, like Clarett, a former Heisman Trophy candidate who’d found himself forced out of college football and on the verge of blowing his opportunity at a professional football career. After getting kicked off the team at LSU and missing what would have been his junior season, Mathieu decided to go pro and was the most polarizing player on the 2013 NFL Draft board.

The Arizona Cardinals took a chance on Mathieu in the third round (69th pick overall), and have since been rewarded with one of the top defensive backs in the game making major contributions to one of the best defenses in the league. Continue reading

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Pick Six: Players of the Week

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Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

Corey White, CB, Saints (NFL) — In a Sunday night primetime meeting that was hyped as a guaranteed shootout between the Saints and Packers, one team actually decided to play defense. With Green Bay going for a go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter, White tipped an Aaron Rodgers pass near the goal line that was intercepted by linebacker David Hawthorne. That set up a New Orleans touchdown, and they never trailed after that in a 44-23 victory. In the fourth quarter, White added an interception of his own. Continue reading

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