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Patrick Peterson Addresses Past Viral Kyler Murray Comments



Steelers CB Patrick Peterson
Steelers CB Patrick Peterson against the Cincinnati Bengals, Nov. 26, 2023 - Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

PITTSBURGH — Patrick Peterson will face his old team the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at Acrisure Stadium. It will be the second time he sees his old quarterback Kyler Murray, but Murray and Peterson had some words for each other last year. Peterson, on the All Things Covered Podcast, said that,’ Kyler Murray don’t care about nobody but Kyler Murray,’ and that went back to Murray, who had some choice words for him.

Later that week, in a press conference with the Vikings media, Peterson would clarify that comment and what he explicitly meant.

“First of all, I don’t have any beef with Kyler Murray,” Peterson said. “(People said) oh, ‘Patrick blatantly disrespected Kyler.’ I didn’t do that. What I meant by my comment was, when you’re a franchise quarterback, you have to carry yourself a certain way. So if you’re having bad body language, pouting, moping on the sideline, what type of energy you think that feeds off to your teammates? That’s what I meant about Kyler caring about himself, because he’s not putting the team first.”

Now, however, Patrick Peterson wants everyone to know that there is no beef with Murray and himself. He sees Murray as an extremely talented quarterback who can make plays in structure and out of structure. But the comments from a year ago are something that he wants to wash in the past.

“It’s in the past,” Peterson said. “I’m looking forward to the matchup we have against those guys this year. It’s behind us now. I’m looking for a new storyline on Sunday.”

But Peterson wants everyone to know that Murray is starting to hit his groove and play at a high level. No longer is he the guy taking it easy off the torn ACL. He has two rushing touchdowns in the last few weeks, and Murray continues to get more comfortable with letting it rip down the field.

“He’s definitely is a unique talent,” Peterson said. “There’s no question about that. He does a great job of creating extra time for his receivers down the field. He does a really, really good job of avoiding those free blitzes…he has a very, very good deep ball. We know that they love, they love to boot him and to run that snake post option. Kyler is one of a kind quarterback.”

Peterson has recently made his move to the slot and hopes to continue that success over the past few weeks with Minkah Fitzpatrick back in the lineup. It will have to come against a few former teammates, though, but Peterson feels up to that challenge.