It hasn’t always been smooth between the Cardinals and CB Patrick Peterson the past few seasons. Peterson requested a trade in 2018 and was suspended for six games last season. But now Peterson says this 2020 Cardinals team could be one of the best he’s ever been on as they made moves this offseason to build the team around former No. 1 overall QB Kyler Murray.
“(The Cardinals) are in the mindset of winning now,” Peterson said via Darren Urban of the team website. “In the NFL you only have so many windows. You have to take advantage of those windows. I was a part of one of those windows a couple years ago and … that window for us right now is wide open.
“Once you find what window, once you find that opportunity that the time is right, putting together the right team, spending money at certain positions, you have to take advantage of that. The front office has done that this offseason.”
While most head coaches prefer to under-promise and over-deliver, Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury didn’t have an issue with Peterson discussing high expectations for Arizona.
“I like having a happy Pat P, I’ll tell you that much,” Kingsbury said.
- Over The Cap’s Nick Korte lists 49ers LB Fred Warner, WR Deebo Samuel and LB Dre Greenlaw as players who are helped by the new CBA’s PPE rules and are on track to get raises in their fourth season.
- The Athletic’s Matt Barrows says there was some chatter earlier this offseason about a three-year extension for 49ers WR Kendrick Bourne. However, the disruption from the pandemic may have tabled talks.
- While 49ers LB coach DeMeco Ryans is seen internally as a future defensive coordinator, Barrows writes he might not be an immediate replacement if DC Robert Saleh is hired away as he has just two years of experience as a position coach.
- Barrows thinks 49ers RB Raheem Mostert will lead the team in snaps and carries, though the team will still employ a committee approach with RB Tevin Coleman and others.
It speaks to the depth of options at his position that coming off a 1,000-yard rushing season RB Carlos Hyde had to wait until late in the offseason for a backup job with the Seahawks. With both RBs Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny coming off injuries, Seattle needed an insurance plan and someone to fill in for Penny while he likely spends the first six weeks of 2020 on the PUP list. Hyde understands the role he’s coming in to fill but he also knows he’s capable of more if he gets an opportunity.
“I’m looking forward to competing,” Hyde said via the team’s official website. “There’s definitely going to be competition with Carson and Penny, guys who have already been there, who are already established. So, you definitely got to come in and compete, you’re coming in trying to take a guy’s job who’s already been there. Carson has been putting up a thousand yards like it’s nothing each year. So, it’s definitely tough coming in trying to replace a guy like that, but I’m definitely open to the competition. It’s not my first year in the league, I’m going on year seven, so I’m used to competing. It brings out the best in me, so I’m looking forward to it. Whatever it boils down to, whatever coach tells me, this is what we need you to do, I’m all for it. I’m coming in right now with the mindset of trying to be that guy, every-down back, be the guy for the team.”