After the bye, Patrick Peterson said, he became a “totally different” cornerback.
It was time to regroup, the rookie said, and get a better grasp of the game.
“When I first got here, it just moved really, really, really fast,” Peterson said. “The game slowed down. I started studying with coaches more, studying with vets. I believe that’s what helped me tremendously on the bye week. I wanted to come back as one of the premier corners.”
Peterson has improved. He has gotten more comfortable and more aggressive, because after the bye is also when the penalty flags started flying.
Peterson had just two penalties in the five games before the bye, and one of those was the roughing the kicker against the Giants (he did have a 36-yard pass interference against the Vikings). In the three games since the bye, Peterson has been flagged seven times, six as a cornerback – three pass interference calls, an illegal use of hands, an illegal contact and a defensive hold.
Obviously frustrated by some of the flags, Peterson acknowledged he is still is learning the differences between the college and pro games, the latter of which he feels has been called tighter. That said, he insists his game is not going to change.
“When he has a penalty on him, the natural tendency is to abandon your technique and that’s what gets you into trouble,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “What you have to fight as a coach and as a young player is that you stay with technique and trust it.”
Peterson’s confidence has never been an issue. He grabbed his second interception of the season against the Rams and said he loves “being under the radar” right now.
“I know the respect will be there sooner or later,” Peterson said. “I just want to continue to work on the field and work (in practice) against the receivers we have here and then make plays on Sundays.”
Bradley hasn’t been able to beat out incumbent
“Obviously you want to be out there all the time,” Bradley said, noting that he does feel more comfortable than he did. “I can’t get frustrated. I just have to keep working.”
Bradley said he had nothing but good memories of the organization and his former teammates. But, he said, “this is definitely a business trip, for sure.”
PETERSON’S SWAG, DOCKETT AS “STEP-DADDY”
“You can’t tell him nothing,” Dockett said. “Look how he walks around here, looking like it’s his world and we’re just trying to live in it. I ain’t mad at him, I like it actually. But every time I see him, I have to put him in his place.”
Peterson laughed at Dockett’s characterization, insisting that isn’t him. “I’m just the same old Patrick Peterson,” he said.
Answering to Dockett, apparently.
“He’s still going to respect me,” Dockett insisted. “I’m like the step-daddy, that’s what I tell him. The day he gets out of line is the day he gets spanked. As long as he understands that and follows the directions of Dockett, he’ll have a good career here.”
KOLB SITS, JEFFERSON ADDED TO INJURY LIST
Kolb didn’t practice again Thursday and looks unlikely to play in Philadelphia with his bad turf toe. The Cardinals also added cornerback
The Eagles added starting cornerback Asante Samuel to their injury report Thursday with a bad groin.