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Patrick Peterson Responds to Speculation About Position Change With Vikings

David Kaestle
Patrick Peterson remains committed to playing cornerback in Minnesota.
Patrick Peterson remains committed to playing cornerback in Minnesota. / Al Pereira/Getty Images

Patrick Peterson was arguably the best cornerback in the NFL for a good portion of his 10 years with the Arizona Cardinals. While he no longer holds that designation, Peterson has no plans to change positions, as some have speculated after he signed with the Minnesota Vikings last week.

Peterson had a lowly 55.2 grade from ProFootballFocus last season, which was a stark drop from where he was graded in his prime. However, it seems like he is a welcomed addition to a Minnesota secondary that struggled immensely against the pass last season, surrendering 258 passing yards per game (ranked No. 24 in the NFL).

The Vikings did lose starting safety Anthony Harris to free agency this offseason, but Peterson has no desire to fill that role, and judging by the way he discussed the possibility, the Vikings aren't going to ask him to.

With Cameron Dantzler holding down one cornerback spot, it looks like Peterson could land the starting role on the right side ahead of Jeff Gladney. At this point it's safe to assume Peterson won't take 100% of the snaps at that spot, but it doesn't sound like he will be taking any at safety either.

Fans in Minnesota will hope that Peterson can help shore up a defense that allowed opponents the league's eight-most passing yards (4,141) and ninth-most passing touchdowns (30) in 2020.

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