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BALTIMORE - OCTOBER 30: Patrick Peterson #21 of the Arizona Cardinals returns a punt for a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 30. 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Cardinals lead the Ravens 24-6 at the half. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

As we get ready to roll into the 2012-2013 NFL season, it’s time for Patrick Peterson to update his “return policy”.  I know you are sitting there scratching your head wondering “return policy”?  It is the policy that needs to be issued at the beginning of the season.  The policy of what will happen to you if you kick the ball in the vicinity of Patrick Peterson.  Just ask St. Louis, they wish they would have known the policy, TWICE last year.

As I sat there last year hating, not because of why you think, I got to watch one of the best punt returners of my time. The only reason I was hating was because I wanted my Cleveland Browns to draft one of the most talented special team players of my generation.   Patrick Peterson set three franchise records and also tied a NFL record, all in his rookie season.

Who sets franchise records with a 99-yard punt return, most punt returns for TDs (4), most return yards (699), and ties a NFL record with those four returns in a single season?  As a rookie?  Oh yea, Patrick Peterson.

Last years policy read something like this, “I am a rookie and you don’t know me yet, but you might want to kick the ball away from me”.  This years it should read something like this, “Remember me?  I am no longer a rookie and I will return the ball for a touchdown”.

 

NFL Stats

Regular Season Returning Stats SEASON TEAM GP ATT YDS TD FC LNG ATT YDS TD FC LNG 2011 16 44 699 4 22 99 0 0 0 0 0 Career 16 44 699 4 22 99 0 0 0 0 0

 

NCAA Stats

RETURN Stats PUNTS KICKOFFS YEAR TEAM PR YDS TD FC LNG KR YDS TD LNG 2008 1 6 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 2010 38 418 2 12 87 32 932 0 55

 

Patrick Peterson is one of the most exciting returners I have ever gotten to see.  I have seen Devin Hester, Eric Metcalf, DeSean Jackson, and Deion Sanders, but there is something about Peterson that has me on the edge of the seat every time the ball is kicked to him.  You just don’t know if any one will be able to bring him down.  Not only is Peterson fast, he is strong.  I have seen him break tackles that he had no business breaking.

As we roll into the season, I guess the only question left is, will teams actually continue kicking the ball to him?  They pretty much stopped kicking it to Hester, so with Peterson being a younger and much improved version, I can see teams kicking to him less and less.  I hope that isn’t the case, I want to see him break the record and set the “return policy” to a higher bar.

 

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