Flush the Pocket: Peterson-Johnson mania

September, 13, 2013
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TEMPE, Ariz. – It seems like all anyone wanted to talk about Thursday was Patrick Peterson versus Calvin Johnson.

Do you blame them?

I dove into Peterson’s ability to read a receiver because he’s been practicing as one since training camp.

It’s the matchup of the week: Arguably the best cornerback in football against arguably the best receiver in football.

That debate went to another level when Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald said Detroit Lions star Johnson is the best receiver in the game.

Peterson has been waiting for this matchup.

“I have a pretty good feeling of how they want to attack me as a defensive back knowing I am a press-style cornerback,” Peterson said. “[I’m] just being ready for any given play that they’re ready to throw at me.”

Peterson also knows his work is cut out for him. Aside from the fact that Johnson has 4 inches and more than 20 pounds [and that’s being nice], the Lions look to Johnson often.

But Peterson doesn’t line up across from Johnson and run his mouth.

“Honestly, we didn’t talk at all [last season],” Peterson said. “We spoke to each other after the game.

“But the first play of the game, like I tell all the No. 1 guys, [I said], ‘Let's give the fans what they want to see. Let's go out there, you bring your best, I’m going to bring my best and let’s play football.’”

And they did.

 

Kent Somers of AZCentral.com writes about the Cardinals trying to limit the Lions’ offense.

Craig Morgan of FoxSportsArizona.com writes that Peterson won’t adopt the Optimus Prime persona to defeat Megatron.

Bob McManaman of AZCentral.com writes about second-year offensive linemen Nate Potter and Bobby Massie waiting for their turn to play.

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press examines the Peterson-Johnson duel from the Lions’ perspective.

Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com writes that Peterson doesn’t need to talk a big game to show he has one.

Josh Weinfuss

ESPN Arizona Cardinals reporter

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