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Patrick Peterson Calls Out NFL's New Blocking Rules

Adam Taylor McKillop
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson is not happy about one of the NFL's new rule changes for the 2021 season.
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson is not happy about one of the NFL's new rule changes for the 2021 season. / Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Each offseason, the NFL implements a number of rule changes or different points of emphasis. The new taunting rule has been the talk of the league throughout the offseason, however, Minnesota Vikings veteran cornerback Patrick Peterson is unhappy with a different rule change for the upcoming season.

Peterson recently spoke out about the new rule limiting blocks below the waist. Specifically, the veteran cornerback believes this is going to make life very difficult for cornerbacks defending rush plays.

“We’re really gonna get smashed now. Imagine a 315-pound guard lead-blocking and running right at us. We gotta literally just almost stand there and take it, or try to fake them out and get around them to the ballcarrier. But I think a few of us [cornerbacks] are going to get leveled.”

Patrick Peterson

In the league's defense, this rule is clearly intended to protect the health and safety of offensive lineman. However, according to Peterson, cornerbacks and other secondary members may now be at more danger than ever on run plays.

Peterson enters his 10th NFL season fresh off of a season in which he recorded 8 passes defended, 3 interceptions and 61 combined tackles. The eight-time Pro Bowler will wear a different uniform for the first time in his illustrious career after 10 seasons with the Arizona Cardinals.

Currently, the Vikings hold -106 to make the NFL playoffs, according to NFL odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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