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ARLINGTON, Texas – Earlier this week, Patrick Peterson admitted his season wasn’t going as planned. After signing a contract extension during training camp which made him the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL, there had been too many plays in which Peterson didn’t look like the shutdown corner he was getting paid to be. He vowed that would change beginning with Dallas, and by game’s end he proved it. Cowboys star wideout Dez Bryant was held without a catch until the final drive, when he hauled in a pair of passes for 15 yards and a touchdown after the outcome had already been decided. “I feel that I am back to my old form,” Peterson said. “Like I said, my season started over this week. It’s going to get nothing but better each and every week. Put all this criticism to bed, all this talking about, ‘Oh, he’s overrated. He can’t do this, he can’t do that.’ That’s not going to be it any more. I promise you that.” The Cowboys had backup quarterback Brandon Weeden at the helm as Tony Romo sat with an injured back, but regardless, Peterson did an impressive job covering Bryant. While he and Antonio Cromartie have spent most of the season staying on their side of the field, in this one Peterson tracked Bryant wherever he went. “He just erased him for most of the game,” coach Bruce Arians said. Peterson was called for two penalties, an early pass interference and then an illegal hands to the face for 20 total yards. He disagreed with the second call. “I thought it was a bang-bang play,” Peterson said. “Both of us fighting at the line of scrimmage. Then what really got me, he threw the flag 15 minutes late, after we were walking off the field. Then he decides to throw the flag. At the end of the day, if you’re going to call it right then and there, call it fair. I thought it wasn’t a fair call, but at the end of the day, the ref made the call and we’re moving on.”
Running back Marion Grice had his first NFL carries as the backup to Andre Ellington. He finished with five rushes for 12 yards and scored from one yard out with 4:20 remaining to put the game away. He saw one snap last week on special teams but was given a bigger role following a calf injury to running back Stepfan Taylor. Grice will likely continue to see playing time while Taylor recovers. Fourth-string running back Kerwynn Williams was elevated from the practice squad to the active roster on Saturday but did not play on offense.
By Kyle Odegard | azcardinals.com |November 2, 2014