Patrick Peterson: Calvin Johnson is toughest player to defend in NFL

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson thinks Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is the toughest player to defend in the NFL.

We've already talked about the best quarterback-wide receivers duos in the NFL, but what about the best wide receiver tandems? The Atlanta Falcons' Julio Jones believes that he is part of the best WR tandem in the NFL with Roddy White, and the Arizona Cardinals' Patrick Peterson, who is one of the best cornerbacks in the league, agrees with that assessment.

Where do the Detroit Lions factor into this particular discussion? Well, considering Golden Tate just joined the team this offseason, we don't really know how good their WR tandem is at this point in time. The hope is that Johnson and Tate will form one of the best WR tandems in the league, but it's too early to say with Tate still relatively new to the team.

One thing we do already know is that Johnson is the NFL's best wide receiver, and Peterson actually thinks Megatron is the toughest player to defend in the NFL. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Peterson is also a fan of Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, the former Georgia Tech standout. Peterson said he’s the toughest player to defend.

"He’s just so big, fast, agile and he’s very quick," Peterson said. "To be that big and move that well is unbelievable."

Peterson has gotten to take on Johnson in each of the last two seasons. In 2012, Johnson caught 10 passes for 121 yards against the Cardinals, and he had 6 catches for 116 yards and 2 touchdowns last season at Arizona. This year, the Lions are headed to Arizona in Week 11 to play the Cardinals yet again, so Peterson will have another chance to go up against the toughest player to defend in the NFL.

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