Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has said doesn't expect to throw many balls in the direction of Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson when the two sides meet this weekend.
The quarterback realises that the Cardinals have an amazing ability to stop the run play from gathering pace. He may be forced to throw the ball more often than he'd like to to get points on the board.
The only problem being his top wideout, Alshon Jeffery, may be covered by one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. A player that Cutler has evaluated and knows to avoid.
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He said according to ESPN's Jeff Dickerson: “You look at him – he’s 6-foot-1, 220 pounds and then he runs a 4.3 40-yard dash. You see him jam guys and then run with anybody on the field. He's got unbelievable ball skills. He’s a guy you have to be aware of and you have to know where he is at. He’s not a guy you really want to take a lot of chances with.”
Since being drafted back in 2011, Peterson has been remarkable. The cornerback has had 212 combined tackles, two sacks, one touchdown and 15 interceptions since making his debut and hasn't missed a single game. He has also been voted to the Pro Bowl every year.
Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase is also well aware of Peterson playmaker ability. He said: “Peterson is physical, great ball skills, able to just mirror guys -- it’s almost like the receivers are telling him what route they’re running before the play. The guy’s a phenomenal player and he’s a tough matchup for whoever ends up on him.”
Cutler and Gase will be hoping the passing game is more successful this week than what it was against their divisional rivals the Green Bay Packers. The quarterback only completed half of his passes for 225 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
Peterson and the rest of the Cardinals defense though may have other ideas.