Thursday January 22nd, 2015

Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson praised the Seattle Seahawks receiving corps, calling the group underrated and a challenging opponent, according to Kevin Patra of NFL.com.

Seattle's receivers have been questioned by some because the squad does not have a stand-out player or been able to generate explosive plays, according to Patra. However, Peterson, speaking at the Pro Bowl draft, believes the group is talented and has not been given due credit.

"I told you guys that from when we play those guys throughout the year, they have some very, very underrated receivers and they can get the job done," said Peterson.

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Seattle finished the 2014 season as the 27th-ranked passing offense in the NFL, generating just 3,250 yards through the air. Just as quarterback Russell Wilson has found praise for his leadership attributes and effective running style, Peterson believes the team's receivers make a contribution not reflected in statistics.

Doug Baldwin led Seattle's receiving corps in both catches (66) and yards (825) this season, while Jermaine Kearse added 38 catches for 537 yards in a supporting role. Kearse produced the game-winning touchdown catch during overtime of the NFC Championship Game.

"They are a pretty challenging group," Peterson said. "They are definitely underrated."

Seattle finished the regular season 12-4 and in first place in the NFC West.

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The Seahawks will face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX at 6:30 pm ET on Feb. 1. 

- Brad Rowland

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