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.