Marcus Peters should jump-start Baltimore Ravens turnovers
The Baltimore Ravens have been lacking in the turnover department thus far in 2019, but the addition of Marcus Peters should change that moving forward.
Despite having tremendous secondary players like Earl Thomas and Marlon Humphrey, the Baltimore Ravens are yet to be a turnover heavy team. Forget about sacks for a second, because the strength of this team headed into2019 was supposed to be their secondary. Instead, the unit has been repeatedly torched, leading to it being the league’s 25th ranked pass defense. Well, the trade for Marcus Peters could help with the former of the unit’s problems.
Marcus Peters has long been a ball magnet since entering the league in 2015. Peters has intercepted 24 passes and forced six fumbles (adding six more fumble recoveries). Clearly, forcing turnovers is something that Peters excels at. For a Ravens defense that has just nine turnovers (five interceptions, four fumbles), this is a sight for sore eyes.
This is the reason that Baltimore made the move for Marcus Peters. Rather than trading for him to mask injuries, Peters will be a key component to forcing turnovers and giving their no.1 ranked offense more opportunities to score points.
Jimmy Smith is returning from injury sooner than expected, and Brandon Carr remains an important piece of the puzzle. At this point, the only question mark left is at strong safety, but Chuck Clark should be just fine next to Earl Thomas.
The cornerback depth is tremendous with Marcus Peters lining up opposite Marlon Humphrey and having Carr and Smith behind them. Honestly, you could shuffle any order of Peters, Carr, and Smith and be fine with it. The addition of Marcus Peters is putting an emphasis on a position that is regaining its depth and deadliness.
The Baltimore Ravens desperately needed to make some kind of move, any move really, to improve their defense if they wanted a chance to be legitimate contenders in the AFC. The offense can only do so much but acquiring Marcus Peters should help to get the defense back on track. With the hope of creating more turnovers, Baltimore’s defense should turn around their season in a hurry.