Patrick Peterson explains support of new helmet rule


Patrick Peterson said during a Monday radio interview that he loves the new rule that prohibits players from lowering the crown of their helmet outside the tackle box.

Unless we're dealing with a case of a vocal minority, this viewpoint separates the Arizona Cardinals cornerback from many of his contemporaries.

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During a Tuesday appearance on "NFL Total Access," NFL Network's Lindsay Rhodes asked Peterson why he supports the new rule.

"I think it's pretty cool honestly because at the end of the day, you want to have a longevity after football," he said. " ... Your days are definitely numbered in this game and any way that the commissioner can make the game safer, I'm all for. Being a defensive back, I don't like the running backs coming toward me with a full head of steam.

"I'm kind of like Deion Sanders," he said with a smile. "I tackle, but I tackle when I need to."

Rhodes reminded Peterson that defenders are restricted by the new rule as well.

"I think I have to be smart about how I approach the running backs and the way I tackle," he said. "But at the end of the day, as long as you're making smart physical plays on the field, I think you'll pretty much stay out of trouble."

We might have to get Peterson in the same room as Marshall Faulk. It might make for animated conversation.

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