Year after trade, Peters still a catch
Deal for CB from Rams was huge boost for Ravens defense
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.
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.