Patrick Peterson's teammates think he's having best training camp of his career

From ESPN - August 12, 2017

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Usually by the time a quarterback has been in training camp for three full weeks, he's ready to face a defense -- any defense -- other than his team's.

Not Carson Palmer.

The 37-year-old Arizona Cardinals quarterback has practiced against his defensive teammates 14 times since reporting July 21. But Palmer is not aching or yearning to throw against the Oakland Raiders on Saturday night. He has been getting pushed enough by his own defense, which has some of the league's best players at specific positions.

"It's such a great challenge going against our defense when we see so many different things," Palmer said. "There are days when you just do not know what you are going to see. At least in games, you know at least, 'This is the kind of scheme they are going to run.' You know what to expect.

"There's days when we see completely different fronts or things we have not covered, or they are trying completely different things, so it's a tremendous challenge."

Every day, Palmer is facing the likes of Chandler Jones and Markus Golden off the edge, Robert Nkemdiche up the middle, Haason Reddick at inside linebacker, Tyrann Mathieu at safety and Patrick Peterson at cornerback. That's half of a perennial Pro Bowl defense staring across at Palmer every day.

But none of them are having as good a camp as Peterson.

Once Palmer said he feels Peterson is having the best training camp he has seen from the six-time Pro Bowl cornerback, anyone asked about it fell in line with the same belief.

"This is the best I have seen him," Palmer said. "I told him that the other day."


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