Marcus Peters has made the playoffs every year he’s been in the NFL, playing on some of the best teams in the league. His teams have won at least 10 games each season and while they’ve all come up short in the postseason, the Chiefs and Rams both had success with Peters on the roster.
Although he didn’t have his best season in 2018, he was a big part of the Rams’ postseason run after he stepped up when Aqib Talib returned in Week 13. He admits he didn’t have a great year statistically, but he believes it was one of his best seasons in the NFL because of what the team accomplished.
“This year has been fun as [expletive] and I’m glad I’m a Ram now,” Peters said last week at his Fam 1st Family Foundation football camp. “With me, it wasn’t the best one statistically, but it was one of my best seasons because I made it to the Super Bowl. This had to be the best team that I was on, that really truly loved and cared about the whole outcome for the team.”
The Rams are a very close-knit team with both veteran leaders and young stars like Jared Goff, Todd Gurley and Aaron Donald. Their chemistry is obvious on and off the field as all the personalities have meshed together perfectly without so much as a hint of animosity in the locker room.
Peters has an outgoing personality and is never afraid to speak his mind, resulting in entertaining press conferences and media sessions. One of the best of 2018 came when he spoke to reporters after the Rams’ Week 9 loss to the Saints when he called out Sean Payton.
Andrew Whitworth, who’s arguably the best leader on the team, commended Peters for standing up for himself after Payton took a shot at him for being a favorable matchup against Michael Thomas.
“After I finished talking to the media or whatever, ‘Whit’ was like, ‘Hey that’s how you stand up as a grown man. You take it for the good and the bad,’” Peters said.
The presence of leaders like Whitworth helps bring together a locker room, which helped make it possible for the Rams to add strong personalities like Peters, Aqib Talib and Ndamukong Suh in the same offseason. Peters mentioned how the Rams are “a genuine family” with “good people,” which makes him so excited to be a part of the team.
Some thought it would go horribly wrong for the Rams, but they proved without a shadow of a doubt that the personalities they acquired weren’t an issue at all.
“There was only two ways about it: Either it was going to explode or it was going to be good — you feel me?” Peters said.
The Rams exploded, but in a good way by breaking through and making it all the way to the Super Bowl. Their next goal is to win a Lombardi Trophy of their own.
Last offseason, the Los Angeles Rams made a splash move to acquire Marcus Peters via trade. The confident cornerback was traded from the Kansas City Chiefs to the Rams for a 2018 fourth-round pick and the Rams’ second-round selection in 2019.
He will have the No. 29 choice this year after the Chiefs came within an overtime of beating New England and reaching the Super Bowl. But he also has an additional second-round choice from the trade of volatile cornerback Marcus Peters to the Rams, and that means ample opportunity to get creative.
“The fact we have a one and two twos, and then a one and two twos next year, puts us in a position to be aggressive from now until the start of the season,” Veach said. “Looking toward not just next season, but for the next two, three, four, five years, if you’re not proactive in your approach then you’re always chasing your tail.”
Veach is one of the more open GMs in the league, willing to offer his opinion on just about any subject. But when it comes to discussing details, he’s as savvy and coy as a card shark.
Then again, it doesn’t take a genius to realize help on defense will top his draft to-do list.
The Chiefs fired coordinator Bob Sutton, ditched his 3-4 system and hired Steve Spagnuolo to put in a 4-3 scheme. They’ve already made a series of moves to create better fits for their personnel, but they still need help getting to the passer and in the defensive backfield.
The Chiefs signed Alex Okafor and traded for Emmanuel Ogbah, but they still need help. They hope Clemson DE Clelin Ferrell could fall to them late in the first round, and Montez Sweat of Mississippi State and TCU’s L.J. Collier are also possibilities.
The Chiefs released longtime but injury prone Eric Berry and signed Tyrann Mathieu in free agency, but they may not be done at safety. Jordan Lucas and Daniel Sorensen have some experience and Armani Watts made great strides before a season-ending injury as a rookie, but quality depth remains important. Someone like Maryland’s Darnell Savage might fit nicely.
Kendall Fuller excelled in his first season in Kansas City, and Bashaud Breeland joined in free agency. But things are thin beyond those two, making CB arguably the biggest need in the draft. Georgia standout Deandre Baker, Greedy Williams of LSU and Rock Ya-Sin of Temple all have the kind of size and athleticism that the Chiefs value on the outside.