TEMPE, Ariz. Patrick Peterson admits that he was pressing last Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. He was out of his comfort zone. The game was moving -- get this -- too fast!
I was trying to make too much happen against my hometown team, said Peterson, who is from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. That was huge for me. I just wanted to make a play happen so bad. I had all of my family here. It was a nationally televised game shown back home, so there was a lot on the table.
Which helps explain why Peterson did something special teams coach Kevin Spencer has never seen him do. The sure-handed, punt-returning nightmare muffed a ball that he quickly fell on top of at the Arizona 25-yard line midway through the second quarter.
I wasnt focusing on the fundamentals of catching the ball, securing the ball and things like that. I just wasnt dialed in, Peterson said. It felt like I was rushing. I wasnt calm.
Peterson vowed Wednesday that hed never let that happen again even if he isnt getting the ...