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Cardinals have big plans for Patrick Peterson on offense

Patrick Peterson

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) reacts to a missed field goal attempt by the Dallas Cowboys at the end of regulation during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 19-13 in overtime. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)


Cardinals cornerback and punt returner Patrick Peterson has shown that he’s a dynamic playmaker with the ball in his hands. So new Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has a good idea: Get the ball into Peterson’s hands more often.

Peterson played a little bit of offense in his first two NFL seasons, running the ball three times and catching four passes. But this year, Arizona plans to give Peterson a more substantial role offensively.

Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer told the team’s website that there’s a “pretty big package” of plays for Peterson on offense. In today’s practice that included not only Peterson catching a deep ball from Palmer, but also Peterson throwing a pass to Larry Fitzgerald. Palmer believes Peterson could be a very good offensive player.

Cornerback will remain Peterson’s primary job, and returning punts will probably still be Peterson’s second priority. But don’t be surprised if Peterson is getting a lot of work on his third priority, helping out the Cardinals’ offense.