first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Patrick Peterson earned a spot in the Pro Bowl as a rookiebecause of his punt returning abilities.Peterson scored four times — including once afterfielding a punt at his own one-yard line — and became aplayer teams hesitated to kick the ball to.But with Peterson counted on to be the team’s number onecornerback, some may feel it’s not worth risking injuryjust for a chance he might take a punt back for atouchdown.center_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories Because of that there has been some talk about mayberemoving him from the role, or perhaps just having himreturn “important” kicks, Cardinals special teams coachKevin Spencer said there is no expectation of losing histop weapon.“I don’t worry about that,” Spencer told Arizona Sports620’s Doug and Wolf Friday. “Patrick Peterson is a puntreturner and he’ll punt return this year.”Spencer did admit things could change next season, butisn’t sure there’s a need to change his role.last_img read more

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