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first_img“It’s a tough position to play,” head coach Ken Whisenhuntsaid of cornerback. “You know that there’s going to besome growing pains with young guys but they’re workinghard at it and that’s all we can ask.“They’re going to be good players.”The head coach has said that all season and Jefferson’seight tackle performance against the Vikings was certainlya step in the right direction, but if the Cardinals are toturn things around they’ll need him and Peterson to growup quick.“Me and A.J., we believe we’re definitely getting bettereach and every week,” Peterson said. “It’s a long, long,long season and we are just young guys who’ve been throwninto the fire early.”Peterson said the veterans on the team are helping themand the important thing is to keep their heads up, knowingopportunities will continue coming their way. And that’s just it, really. The Cardinals cannot afford not to play their youngplayers, meaning they’ll all have chances to impress thecoaches and start making plays. One player who has beendoing just that is receiver Early Doucet, as the third-year pro is second on the team with 21 receptions afterleading Arizona with eight catches against Minnesota. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation “Early has made strides, he’s stayed healthy and he’s madesome big plays for us,” Whisenhunt said. “There’s a lot ofarea for Early to continue to grow and he’ll get better ashe gets more and more experience of what we’re asking himto do.”The Cardinals are being forced to use many young players,something that is reflected in their poor record. As theyhead into the bye week the key is not only getting somerest, but continuing to work and get better.They really have no other choice.Arizona Sports’ Kyndra de St. Aubin contributed to thisreport Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ At 1-4, the Arizona Cardinals main goal is simple:improve.Some would argue it shouldn’t be too hard, given that theteam can’t get any worse, but there are still 11 gamesleft in the regular season and everyone would feel betterif the team showed marked improvement over the season’sfinal few months.One area of particular interest is the secondary, wherethe team is starting a pair of young corners in PatrickPeterson and A.J. Jefferson. Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments   Share   last_img read more