Patrick Peterson omits Arizona Cardinals when talking about 'best' receivers he will face
It's no secret that Patrick Peterson and the Arizona Cardinals didn't part ways on the best of terms.
The cornerback has not been afraid to slam the organization, and especially GM Steve Keim, since he signed with the Minnesota Vikings in the offseason.
But did he take his beef with the organization to a new level with some recent comments to Peter King?
King included Peterson in his latest Football Morning in America column and Peterson was quoted as saying:
“I just want to go out there and just show that I still can compete with the best,” Peterson told King. “We got a top-five toughest schedule this year. Got an opportunity to see [Green Bay’s] Davante Adams twice this year. We got Julio Jones and A.J. Brown in Tennessee. We got Tyler Lockett, D.K. Metcalf [Seattle]. The schedule is definitely set up for me.”
Nothing too controversial in that quote, right?
Well, not exactly.
Yes, Peterson and the Vikings are scheduled to play Davante Adams and the Packers twice, and they also face Tyler Lockett, D.K. Metcalf and the Seahawks.
But Julio Jones, A.J. Brown and the Titans?
The Vikings do not have Tennessee on the schedule.
You know who they do play that he didn't mention?
The Arizona Cardinals, who have a couple of excellent wide receivers of their own in DeAndre Hopkins and A.J. Green, in Week 2 on Sept. 19.
Interestingly, it is the Cardinals that play the Titans, not the Vikings.
Arizona is set to play at Tennessee in Week 1 on Sept. 12. The Cardinals also play the Packers (though just once) and the Seahawks (twice) this season.
After 10 seasons in Arizona, perhaps Peterson just forgot what team he is playing for this season?
This isn't the first-time that Peterson may have provided bulletin board material to his former team.
In May, he talked about how he was really looking forward to facing Arizona in Week 2.
“The division games are going to be always a dogfight, you know what I mean" Peterson said on his podcast, "but the one I circled is definitely Week 2, that's not even close. That's not even close."
He added: "I’m going to be juiced up going into that week, or whatever, but as far as once that game gets going, I’m going to be cool, calm, and collected because that’s when I’m at my best. Like I said, I’m looking forward to that Week 2 matchup. Like J. Cole said, man, Applying Pressure, man, I can’t wait to show up and do what I do in they face. I can't wait for that, to do what I do."
In July, Peterson slammed his former GM, Steve Keim, although he didn't say his name.
"Tell me this, this league is always about productivity, right?" Peterson said during his podcast. "Who builds football teams? Who is in charge of building the football team?"
Bryant McFadden, his co-host, replied: "The GM."
Peterson then had this response: "And what did he do lately? I'm talking about the record, it's all about what you have done lately.
“How come coaches are always on the hot seat, but GMs are not?" Peterson continued. "That's kind of a little weird to me.
"Most good GMs have a five to 10-year plan, and I don’t think they have that there."
In his column, King quoted Peterson saying: “I want to prove not only to the naysayers but to myself that I can still do it at a very high level. I’m very motivated to do that.”
Based on his comments, the former Cardinals cornerback might have some very motivated fans cheering against him in Week 2, and he may also have some very motivated wide receivers lining up opposite him on the field.
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