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Steve Keim: With Patrick Peterson, "nothing new on that topic"

On Thursday, Deion Sanders re-lit the fire about the Patrick Peterson situation and P2's future. Peterson addressed it Thursday, and Friday morning General Manager Steve Keim talked about it during his appearance on the "Doug and Wolf" show on 98.7, Arizona's Sports Station.

"I would say, Michael (Bidwill) has already addressed that, I have addressed that in the past," Keim said. "There is nothing new on that topic."

"We all know Deion Sanders was a colorful player and he's no different in television," Keim added. "Last I checked, Joel Segal was the agent who represents Pat, not Deion. Pat is coming to work every day, working his tail off and putting his best foot forward. I know he can help us win football games."

Taking a more general view about players who might want to be traded, Keim said it was about managing the roster.

"There's no doubt you want all your players to buy in and be fully vested to what the team is doing and what the organization is doing," Keim said. "But it's a business, we all know that. There are always going to be issues, whether it is contracts or off-field issues, and those are things that, on a daily basis, you have to manage. My job is to put the best 53 in that locker room, and there is no doubt Patrick Peterson is one of the best corners in the National Football League."

-- On his ongoing evaluation of rookie QB Josh Rosen, Keim reiterated the "valuable snaps" Rosen is getting. "If there is any silver lining to this season it's that we are getting Josh a significant amount of work," he said.

-- Along those lines, Keim praises a lot of the rookies the Cardinals have played -- Mason Cole, Christian Kirk, Chase Edmonds, Korey Cunningham and potentially undrafted rookies Zeke Turner and Dennis Gardeck -- as guys getting the same kind of experience in an otherwise lost season. "You always have to look at the positives at my position," he said.

-- Cunningham didn't go to the combine, but the Cards did bring him in for a pre-draft visit and loved his measurables. Keim said the rest of this season is an evaluation process to see if he might be able to be a starter in 2019.

-- Robert Nkemdiche is a player who "hasn't lived up to expectations to this date, point blank." Keim acknowledged seeing Nkemdiche have his best game as a Cardinal last week provided him both hope and frustration, although there are players who "take a little bit longer" to click, citing former Cardinals Kareem Martin.

-- Asked if the Cardinals had a talented roster, Keim emphasized he holds himself accountable.

"I certainly see that there are a lot of holes that I need to fix and that's how I have to look at this team," Keim said. "I have to be tough on myself. That's the way I am wired. There is nobody who will be harder on me than me. ... You can't worry about job security. It's sort of like playing, you talk about guys who when they played scared, they get hurt. When you work scared, you don't have success."

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