TEMPE, Ariz. Patrick Peterson is still trying to make a name for himself in the NFL. And the Cardinals' second-year cornerback has no problem lobbying on his own behalf.
When asked Friday about the challenge of facing Detroit Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson, who leads the NFL with 1,546 yards and is chasing Jerry Rices single-season NFL record, Peterson took what some might consider an unwise approach.
I think, honestly, this game is going to fall right into my hands, he said. Lately, Ive been guarding those receivers that like to run away from you. Calvin, he likes the physicality of a cornerback coming up to the line of scrimmage and pressing him. Thats what Im going to do all game. Hopefully I can get my hands on a couple of (footballs).
Peterson understands that some might perceive this as cockiness. But theres a method to his madness.
I believe its going to be a huge measuring stick for me, he said. Statistically, hes the No. 1 receiver in the NFL right now. The guys ph...