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Year af­ter trade, Peters still a catch

Deal for CB from Rams was huge boost for Ravens de­fense

- By Jonas Shaf­fer Sports · College Sports · American Football · NFL Football · NFL · Marcus Peters · Los Angeles · John Harbaugh · Seattle Seahawks · Seattle · Cincinnati · Philadelphia Eagles · Philadelphia · Mark Ingram, Jr. · Bromley F.C. · Jimmy Smith · Calais Campbell

On Oct. 15, 2019, two weeks be­fore NFL’s trade dead­line, the Ravens wanted help. And Mar­cus Peters was avail­able.

The Rams cor­ner­back’s first 16 games in Los An­ge­les hadn’t been his most con­sis­tent. His ten­dency to gam­ble had cost him here and there. He’d last made the Pro Bowl in 2016. But the Ravens had scru­ti­nized Peters as a draft prospect in 2016, and “ev­ery chance we’ve had to cross paths since,” coach John Harbaugh said last year, was “very pos­i­tive.”

So the Ravens agreed to make a trade. They sent in­side line­backer Kenny Young and what be­came the No. 173 over­all pick in the 2020 draft to Los An­ge­les in ex­change for Peters.

It turned out to be per­haps the deal of the year. In his first game with the Ravens, Peters re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion for a touch­down in a road win against the Seat­tle Sea­hawks. In his third game, he had an­other pick-six. Peters fin­ished the sea­son with three in­ter­cep­tions in 10 games and All-Pro hon­ors.

“Any­time you talk about adding a player of that cal­iber … you’re fired up,” Ravens de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Don “Wink” Martin­dale said Thurs­day, the an­niver­sary of the trade. “I think the only one who was hap­pier was Chris He­witt and Jesse Minter, the se­condary coaches.”

On a de­fense rid­ing an 18-game streak with at least one forced turnover, Peters is a re­li­able source of take­aways. He has two in­ter­cep­tions in five games this sea­son, and in a win Sun­day against the Cincin­nati Ben­gals, Peters forced a fum­ble on his first ca­reer sack.

In­jury re­port

Ravens de­fen­sive end Derek Wolfe missed prac­tice Thurs­day with what the team listed as a neck in­jury and con­cus­sion, leav­ing his avail­abil­ity for Sun­day’s game against the Philadel­phia Ea­gles in doubt.

Sev­eral other con­trib­u­tors were back, how­ever. Left tackle Ron­nie Stan­ley (shoul­der) was a full par­tic­i­pant in Thurs­day’s ses­sion af­ter miss­ing Wed­nes­day’s, while cor­ner­back Mar­cus Peters (thigh) and de­fen­sive back Jimmy Smith (knee) were lim­ited in their re­turn. Right guard Trye

Phillips (shoul­der) and wide re­ceiver Chris Moore (fin­ger/thigh) were lim­ited for the sec­ond straight day.

De­fen­sive end Calais Camp­bell re­turned af­ter a day off. De­fen­sive tackle Bran­don Wil­liams and run­ning back Mark In­gram II missed prac­tice for non­in­jury rea­sons.

De­fen­sive back-line­backer An­thony Levine Sr. missed his sec­ond straight prac­tice with an ab­domen in­jury, which he’s played through for sev­eral weeks. The Ravens lost an­other spe­cial teams con­trib­u­tor, sec­ondyear in­side line­backer Otaro Alaka, to a torn ACL in Sun­day’s win over the Cincin­nati Ben­gals.

Ea­gles safety Mar­cus Epps (rib), of­fen­sive tackle Lane Johnson (an­kle) and line­backer Duke Riley (rib) did not prac­tice for the sec­ond straight day, while of­fen­sive line­man Matt Pryor (ill­ness) sat out for the first time this week.

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