With just one tweet on Thursday morning, NFL insider Adam Schefter, put a major damper on the excitement surrounding the Arizona Cardinals. Schefter took to Twitter and reported that Cardinals cornerback, Patrick Peterson, had been suspended for the first eight games of the 2019 season. Minutes later, the NFL announced it will be for the first six games, following an appeal by Peterson.
Losing the Consistency
The loss of a defensive starter is a tough blow for any team, but someone of Peterson’s quality, is something teams struggle to replace.
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Peterson has been the one constant since being drafted by the Cardinals in 2011. The first round pick has made the Pro Bowl, every season in the league. Since being drafted, Peterson has controlled one side of the field on defense.
What Comes Next?
Arizona drafted Byron Murphy in the second round of this April’s draft. They also signed Robert Alford in free agency. The Cardinals will rely on the two cornerbacks to step-up over the first half of the 2019 season, as they are the likely starters.
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New defensive coordinator, Vance Joseph, now must prep a defense with the following cornerbacks:
The timing may have been opportune for the Cardinals, as workouts are currently in full swing, and the coaching staff can now focus on find Peterson’s stand-in. Early favorites are Murphy, Amerson, and Brock. Time will tell who emerges to fill the role.