New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has only been in the NFL for two years, but he’s already one of the top players at his position. He has been in the top 10 for receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, and he’s made it to the Pro Bowl twice.
In every game, Beckham battles top cornerbacks who are assigned to shut him down. So he should have an informed opinion about the best cornerback in the league, right?
Well, his answer might surprise you.
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It’s not his NFC East rival Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman, and it’s not the leader of the Seattle Seahawks “Legion of Boom,” Richard Sherman. Beckham believes the best corner in the NFL is Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals. This is a shock, not because Peterson isn’t an elite corner, but because the two have yet to face off.
The Cardinals weren’t on the Giants schedule last season, and when the two teams met during Beckham’s rookie year, he was injured. Beckham told SkySports.com, “I think the best cornerback in the league, I haven’t got the experience of playing against—Patrick Peterson.”
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He continued to compliment Peterson’s coverage: “By far one of the best in the game, hands down. He’s going to follow you from your house, to his house, to the sidelines, to the cricket field! In my eyes, he’s the best corner in the league.”
If you think Beckham named Peterson just because they both went to LSU, think again. During Peterson’s five seasons in the league, he’s made it to the Pro Bowl each year and been First Team All-Pro in three of them. Last season, Peterson only allowed two touchdowns and that’s while mainly guarding the opposing team’s No. 1 receiver.
Peterson works hard off the field to remain a lockdown corner. In the video above, he performs a drill he made up, the Figure-8 Speed Turn drill. Peterson says speed turning is the second most important thing for a corner in the league.
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To start the drill, place four cones in a square about 5 yards apart. Starting at one cone, backpedal until you feel the second cone behind you, then make a tight speed turn or flip turn. Sprint to the cone diagonal from you and repeat the backpedal speed turn.
There are other variations and finishes you can do with this drill. Check out the video above to learn more.