The Arizona Cardinals and head coach Ken Wisenhunt aren’t in a hurry to put cornerback Patrick Peterson in the starting lineup just yet.
Even though Peterson was the fifth overall pick in this years NFL draft and regarded as arguably the best player in the draft, Wisenhunt wants to make sure he’s ready to start before throwing him into the fire.
“I’m glad we still have more time before the regular season, but Patrick’s worked hard,” Whisenhunt said. “He’s an intelligent young man, he’s very serious about getting better. We can learn a lot of things from the live situations like we saw in the game the other night and he’ll get better.
“I don’t think it’s a question of ‘if,’ it’s just a question of when it all clicks for him and it certainly seems to be moving in that direction.”
Peterson was very impressive last week with his interception against quarterback Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers.
“I hope we see a lot more of those,” Whisenhunt said.
Peterson believes he’s ready to start, but knows it up to his coaches.
“I believe I’m ready,” Peterson said. “But it’s ultimately going to be the coaches’ decision.”
I believe if Peterson isn’t starting week one, he will crack the starting lineup early to mid season. He’s just way too talented to leave on the bench for the entire season.Follow PFZ on Twitter @ProFootballZone