Patrick Peterson chooses Sam Bradford in the Cardinals starting QB battle

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The Cardinals quarterback battle has been arguably the most intriguing in the NFL throughout offseason activities thus far. 

The key additions of veteran signal caller Sam Bradford and first round pick Josh Rosen were made to replace the retired Carson Palmer, and the future looks bright if reports and player accounts are to be believed. 

Rosen, the outspoken number 10 overall pick out of UCLA, has flashed high end ability and impressed almost everyone that's watch him so far, whilst Bradford has been willing to help his young teammate and looks as sure as ever under center. 

The training camp battle that awaits between the two should be enormously exciting and there will surely be a clear number one well before the first game of the regular season comes around. 

All Pro corner, and longtime Cardinals captain, Patrick Peterson already has an idea in his mind as to who should be atop the depth chart come week one though. 

"Well, right now I'd probably take Sam due to his experience. Due to some of the records that he has in the league. Because when Sam is healthy and is on the field and has talent around him, he's a top-10 quarterback," Peterson told NFL Network's James Jones from a celebrity golf tournament.

The narrative from the staff has always been that Bradford would be the starter to begin the year to be fair, so this snippet from Peterson is by no means a shot at Rosen. 

And, to his credit, a healthy Sam Bradford is one of the most consistent and surgical passers in all of football. For him, it's all about staying on the field though, and his health concerns may have a role to play in the outcome of this battle yet. 

"The biggest knock on Sam is just staying on the field. I think we have a pretty good opportunity to keep him on the field because last year he really didn't have to fix anything, just cleaning up his knee," Peterson said. "... If he's on the field, we'll see where the chips stack and where they fall at the end of the season."

Bradford missed 14 games last season, and one has to look all the way back to 2012 when he was still with the Rams for the last time he completed a regular season without falling foul to the injury bug. 

Nevertheless, if he could manage to stay healthy, the Cardinals may well be a dark horse team in the NFC given their strengths in skill positions on offense and the playmakers they have on the defensive side of the ball. 

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