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Defense: 55 total tackles, 6 INT, 16 passes defended, 1 TD
Offense: 16 receptions, 284 yards, 3 TD; 9 carries, 106 yards, 1 TD
Special Teams: 30 punt returns, 381 yards, 1 TD
This season-long stat line from Patrick Peterson would be historic for multiple reasons.
Firstly, his six total touchdowns would be a franchise record for a defensive player and the most in the NFL since 1950, when Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame defensive end/wide receiver Pete Pihos had six.
Secondly (random stat alert), he would become only the second player in NFL history to record at least 100 rushing yards, 200 receiving yards, 300 punt return yards and an interception. The other was Chicago Bears Hall of Fame halfback/defensive back George McAfee, who did so in 1948.
Peterson is arguably the best athlete in the NFL, and his dominance will be felt weekly by the opposition in 2013.
43 total tackles, 3 INT, 9 passes defended
Jerraud Powers has been in the league since 2009 and he has yet to play a full 16-game season. He missed parts of all four seasons while with the Indianapolis Colts, but he started every game in which he played.
That says something about his ability and, unfortunately, about his inability to stay healthy throughout the rigors of an NFL season. He’s healthy now, and he played well at camp. Powers will not shine in game action, but he really doesn’t need to. He needs to be a consistently solid cornerback.
21 total tackles, 3 INT, 6 passes defended, 1 TD
Former Kansas City Chiefs corner Javier Arenas knows how to play receivers in the slot. He played the majority of his snaps with Kansas City there (51.26 percent), and it will likely be where he ends up in Arizona—unless a rookie takes his spot.
57 total tackles, 2 INT, 7 passes defended
Antoine Cason is in danger of being lost in the depths of the cornerback talent pool in Arizona without solid early-season play. Others have stepped up, and if he does not do the same, he could be benched.
Cason would replace an injured Powers, however, and given his track record of showing up on an injury report, there is a chance that he gets a bunch of playing time this season. That is why the numbers are slightly elevated for him.