Rookie offensive lineman Nate Potter has started five games this season for the Arizona Cardinals and already faced the likes of John Abraham, Robert Quinn, Chris Clemons and Kyle Vanden Bosch. But the former Boise State standout, who was drafted in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft, will face a much stiffer challenge Sunday against Julius Peppers and the Chicago Bears.
"It's always good to compete against those types of guys," Potter told AZCentral.com. "It's going to be a huge challenge but it's going to be good for my development."
Potter was inserted into the starting lineup Nov. 18, replacing D'Anthony Batiste. Since he earned a starting role, the Cardinals have allowed just more than two sacks per game.
In Peppers, Potter will face one of the best defensive ends in the NFL. On the season, Peppers has recorded 34 tackles and 8.5 sacks. Last week, in a 21-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers, Peppers picked up five tackles and 1.5 sacks.
The Cardinals (5-9) host the Bears (8-6) on Sunday at 2:25 p.m. MST. The game will be televised by FOX.