Coach Steve Wilks watches his players stretch this offseason

As the Cardinals practiced for the final time of the offseason on Thursday afternoon, they were inundated with music that foreshadowed their looming six-week break.
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The three-day mandatory minicamp wrapped to ‘School’s Out’ by Alice Cooper and ‘Summertime’ by Fresh Prince, melodic odes to the carefree period following the grind of the academic year.

Wilks has been going non-stop since his hire in January, assembling a coaching staff, preparing for the offseason program and pitching in during free agency and the draft. His family is still in North Carolina and he spends many long days and nights at the facility.

His emphasis on work ethic and perfecting the details has carried throughout the organization.

When you get a new staff in here, they know of you, but they don’t know you as a player, cornerback Patrick Peterson said. We have to show them how we work, show them that we are students of the game. We want to show Coach that we’re studying, because he watches everything. We just want to put our best foot forward and make sure we give the new staff and the new coach leaving with a good taste in their mouths before we come back.

That era has ended.

Peterson said he will have a variety of new responsibilities in the Cardinals’ defensive scheme under coach Steve Wilks. There will still be some press coverage of No. 1 Mikko Rantanen Youth Jersey receivers, but he will also play off the ball and blitz.

Peterson has been frustrated at times with his inability to make impact plays in recent years, and his well-defined role didn’t help because opposing quarterbacks knew how to avoid him. He believes more varied duties could lead to an uptick in tangible production.

For instance, if Peterson starts plays a few yards off a Womens De’Aaron Fox Jersey receiver, it may give him a shot at more interceptions.

It should be fun, Peterson said. I’m looking to make a ton of plays this year. I’m looking to start jumping routes now. I’m looking to be a little bit more aggressive off the ball, and be the same as I am when I’m in the receiver’s face.