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Peters adds different dynamic to Ravens defense

Big Bad Morning Show
October 17, 2019 - 9:31 am
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By Austin Medina  

When news broke Tuesday that the Ravens acquired cornerback Marcus Peters, an extra dynamic was added to the Ravens secondary.

Of course the Ravens defense, in particular their secondary, has had their fair share of injuries. Opposing offenses have exploited the depleted secondary and thrown on the Ravens defense.

The Ravens defense ranks in the middle of the pack in regards to takeaways and turnover differential.

Peters has made a career in creating turnovers. Since 2015, Peters leads the NFL with 22 interceptions. Peters made the Pro Bowl in his first two pro seasons and exceled last season with Los Angeles. In 2018, he started all 16 games and tallied three interceptions.

Takeaways are key to creating more opportunities for the Ravens offense to excel. While the Ravens have a shutdown corner in Marlon Humphrey and a ball hawk safety in Earl Thomas, the depleted secondary had a few weak links.

With players such as Tony Jefferson, Tavon Young, and DeShon Elliott likely out for the season, adding Peters will lighten the load for the rest of the secondary.

A few weeks ago, cornerback Jalen Ramsey requested a trade from Jacksonville. Arguably the best corner in football, I suggested that the Ravens acquire him and pair him with Humphrey. Although they weren’t successful in landing Ramsey, Peters is anything but a “consolation price.”

Peters’ best years are ahead of him and he has been more successful as a second cornerback. In Los Angeles, Aqib Talib typically shadowed the number one receiver and in Baltimore, Humphrey will take that role.

Peters only concern has been his tendency to take big risks and gamble on big passing downs. This tendency has no doubt helped garner 22 interceptions but has also led to big plays allowed. If Peters settles in and takes on man coverage within the game plan, he as well as the Ravens should create more turnovers.

And where better for Peters to settle in with his new teammates than in Seattle, where he played three years in college.