Marcus Peters is an Issue
To begin the season, it looked like the Rams got an absolute steal by trading for Marcus Peters. The Rams traded a 2018 fourth round pick and a 2019 second round pick for Peters.
Through the first two weeks (when Aqib Talib and Peters played together), the Rams allowed just 12 receptions for 98 yards from WRs. In Week 3, both Peters and Talib suffered injuries.
Peters suffered a calf injury (that is still ailing him to this point), while Talib was put on injured reserve with an ankle injury. Talib is eligible to return in two weeks if the Rams do choose to do so (why wouldn’t they?).
Since Week 3, Peters hasn’t been the same player, allowing big plays repeatedly. Yesterday, he allowed the 72-yard touchdown to Thomas that sealed the game.
YOU CAN'T GUARD MIKE!!
— NFL (@NFL) November 5, 2018
He’s allowed plays like these constantly the past few weeks, making him a liability on the defense.
Pro Football Focus has him ranked as the 106th best corner back this year.
Was Peters just benefiting from playing alongside a shut-down corner like Talib? Did the Kansas City Chiefs know something we didn’t with his development?
Either way, Peters has mightily struggled recently. Even he knows how bad he’s been and knows he needs to fix things. Here’s his post-game interview after yesterday’s game.
Marcus Peters said he got beat on the touchdown pass to Michael Thomas, and that he does not think he has played well the last few weeks. He owned it, and appeared dedicated to fixing it. pic.twitter.com/BFL2suCnmG
— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) November 5, 2018
Hopefully he can get back on track soon, if not it’s hard to see the Rams giving him an extension come season’s end. If Talib does return from injured reserve, that should hopefully help Peters return to form for the playoffs.