FLAGSTAFF Patrick Peterson has always admired Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders.
He chose jersey No. 21 in tribute. He returns punts in the same electric fashion. He flashes a Deion-wide smile, and he even channeled a little Deion as he danced into the end zone on a return against the Rams last season.
But as he struts into his second season with the Cardinals, Peterson is ready to make his own mark in the NFL. Hes ready to move to his own music.
Im trying to make up my own dance, he said. Well see once I touch the end zone if I prevail in it or not. Im still doing a little tweaking.
The same can be said of Petersons overall game. While he burst onto the NFL stage last season as a punt returner, tying an NFL record with four returns for touchdowns, Petersons cornerback play was a work in progress.
The return (job) is way easier than playing corner. All youve got to do is catch the ball and run for your life, Peterson said. The cornerback position is a different concept an...