Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson might be the NFL’s best young defensive back. He’s played two full seasons and made the Pro Bowl both times. Last year, his seven interceptions were fourth-most in the league and his five fumble recoveries were the most. Peterson already has three picks and two fumble recoveries this season as he gears up to face the Eagles on Sunday at the Linc. It’s almost guaranteed that Peterson will shadow Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson for the entire game, creating a matchup of two of the most dynamic players at their position. But just because Peterson has quickly earned the coveted “shutdown corner” label doesn’t mean Nick Foles won’t be looking in Jackson’s direction. “I know Peterson is a very talented football player, just a great football player,” Foles said Thursday, “and there are different situations where you do look and you see how he plays and from film study. I’ll take my receiver every single time on anyone, let’s just get that out of the way. “But there are situations where maybe this route based on how he’s playing the route, it might not be a good look but it’s not where I don’t trust my receiver, but it’s not a good look for that route. So I’m not going to force it if I don’t have to, and I can go elsewhere because we have talented guys." The Cards have 15 interceptions, tied for second-most in football, and 23 total takeaways under first-year defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, who was the Eagles’ defensive coordinator for 10 games in 2012. Foles, who just won NFC Player of the Month honors and has three straight passer ratings over 104.2, said he trusts his receivers to get open, regardless of the matchup. He doesn’t believe in fearing the opposition.
Eagles not afraid of Pro Bowl CB Patrick Peterson
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