Kansas City Chiefs – Defensive Player Spotlight – Marcus Peters
The linebackers may run the defense of the Kansas City Chiefs. However, the secondary has its own star. Marcus Peters is one of the best shutdown corners in the game today. If not for him patrolling one side of the Chiefs defense, there may be some issues with this team. That is why I have decided to spotlight Marcus Peters.
The Kansas City Chiefs selected Marcus Peters in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. The 6’0”, 200lb corner was possibly the best CB available in 2015. During the 2013 and 2014 seasons, Peters allowed only 38% of the passes to be completed. He also defended 24 passes and had 8 INTs. He was suspended and eventually dismissed from the team in 2014 or these stats could have been much better.
Peters is very physical in man coverage. He intimidates the opposing receiver with his physicality. He stays on the hip of receivers. This allows him to disrupt the vertical pass game. He also loves to disrupt the timing of the offense by being up inside his opponent. He will win most 50/50 chances.
Although he lacked discipline in college, the Chiefs have yet to see an issue. He has been very disciplined both on and off the field. This has been an asset to the Chiefs. Many teams passed on him due to some questionable character issues.
Peters has been nothing short of extraordinary for the Chiefs. He won AFC Rookie of the Year in 2015. During that season, he had 8 INTs and 26 passes defended. He also returned two of those INTs for TDs. Along with the 8 INTs, Peters 60 tackles. Showing that he is not afraid to stick his head in and tackle.
The secondary of the Kansas City Chiefs relies heavily on the play of Marcus Peters. His 14 INTs over two season are a solid reason for the Chiefs success. Losing him would be a major blow to the defense and the Chiefs chances of repeating in the AFC West.