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“We love Deuce. He’s a good football player. He’s a guy we tried to get obviously when the free agency period started but he comes back to us now in a position when he’s got some things to prove,” the coach said. “Sometimes it’s meant to be. Deuce has got an opportunity to come here, but he’s going to have to earn what he gets on the football field. When he does it right and his weight’s not an issue, he’s a good football player. Hopefully Deuce understands that now.”

There was so much activity that Peterson’s return failed to get the usual top billing that a first-round pick, a man some believe was the best player in the draft, usually would receive.

With the Cardinals willing to trade cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie as part of the deal to bring in quarterback Kevin Kolb, there is even more pressure on Peterson to make an impact from the get-go.

Asked what he was looking forward to most, Peterson smiled and said, “making interceptions.”

“Making plays and hopefully getting the offense back in good field position,” he said, “getting Kolb and Larry Fitzgerald and those guys in good field position so we can put points on the board.”

The personnel moves overshadowed the team’s second practice, a ragged affair.

“We’ve got a long ways to go,” Whisenhunt said. “A lot of the little things you’re seeing _ guys lining up offsides, missing the count, being in the wrong place _ a lot of the things you see early in the offseason that you get your players more comfortable with, now you’re going to have to fight through. But the energy is good, the enthusiasm’s good. We’ll see as we proceed what kind of players we’ve got.”