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Cardinals rookie cornerback, Patrick Peterson
With the loss of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, not many are giving this defense a chance. However, with some of the new additions on the roster, this defense has a good shot at being dominant. A quick look at some key acquisitions:
Patrick Peterson, CB
Drafted fifth overall by the Cardinals, Patrick Peterson was selected to add dynamic speed to the secondary. An absolute beast in college, Peterson should find himself in the starting lineup early in the season with the potential to be a game-changer.
In addition to his defensive duties, expect to see Peterson returning punts with his blazing speed.
Stewart Bradley, LB
Previously with the Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona picked up Bradley during the free agent frenzy following the lockout. Bradley is strong, has a high motor and misses very few tackles.
He will be a solid starter for years to come for the Cardinals.
Ray Horton, Defensive Coordinator
The Cardinals went out and got themselves a real defensive coordinator with the signing of Ray Horton.
Horton is bringing a scheme that helped the Steeler's defense finish second in the league last season in overall defense. He's an old-school coach that expects precise execution from his players.
Expect an aggressive blitz-happy squad on game days all season long.