Peterson an intriguing option as Cardinals’ 4th receiver

GLENDALE, Ariz. — One of the more popular
topics at training camp this season has been the fourth wide receiver
slot, specifically, who will win
it.
Jaron Brown
and Charles Hawkins flashed some potential Friday against Green Bay, but
coach Bruce Arians still viewed their games as 50-50 performances with
too many mistakes. Former Arizona State wideout Kerry Taylor had climbed
to the No. 4 spot before an injury slowed his progress. It’s even
possible the No. 4 guy isn’t in camp yet, but could arrive after other
teams make their
cuts.
But is it
possible the Cardinals have already settled on their fourth wide
receiver?
While
discussing the team’s receiving corps on Tuesday, offensive coordinator
Harold Goodwin had this to
say.
“We have
three great ones and now all of the sudden, with the addition of Patrick
(Peterson), it’s going to be hard for the defense to key in on one
guy.”
When asked
specifically, and somewhat in jest, if Peterson is the team’s fourth
receiver, Goodwin
smiled. 
“He’s
in there – he’s in the mix,” he said. “He’s going to get some snaps.
But as far as the fourth wide receiver, we’ll still trying to develop
some young guys,
too.”
It’s no
secret that the Cardinals plan to use
Peterson as an offensive
weapon
“How
big that package (will) continue to grow? It’s probably already up into
the 15-play range,” Arians said recently, noting that if Peterson
weren’t playing defense he could be a top receiver in the
league. 
There
is clearly danger in relying on your starting cornerback and punt
returner to fill such a role, and having another player claim that spot
would still be preferable, but Peterson’s otherworldly abilities are
always a fun topic. And in this case, there is some fire to accompany
the
smoke.