Baltimore Ravens week 7 player spotlight: Marcus Peters
In the Baltimore Ravens week seven matchup vs. the Seattle Seahawks, all eyes will be on newly added cornerback Marcus Peters and his Ravens debut.
Marcus Peters has stolen headlines all week long for the Baltimore Ravens and for good reason. The fifth-year man out of the University of Washington is a turnover machine that could be a force for the Ravens underachieving secondary.
In a week where the headlines would normally surround Earl Thomas and his return to Seattle, we instead are focused on how Marcus Peters will perform in his first career game as a Baltimore Raven. Don’t get me wrong, Earl Thomas will still be a heavily watched player for Baltimore this Sunday, but Peters is the storyline most will be interested in.
Part of what makes this game so intriguing is that Marcus Peters is known for being around the football and forcing turnovers. His 24 interceptions since 2015 lead the NFL and his six forced fumbles also look great on his resume. If not for constant gambling and blown assignments, Peters would have a legitimate case to be named the best cornerback in the league.
He’ll certainly need to live up to the hype, as Baltimore has struggled this year to find a suitable partner in crime for Marlon Humphrey; it doesn’t help that Jimmy Smith has been sidelined since week one due to injury. Still, the Ravens desperately need someone to step up, and the hope is that that will be Peters.
He’ll have his work cut out for him this week, as the Baltimore Ravens travel to Washington state to take on the Seattle Seahawks. Their quarterback, Russell Wilson, has yet to throw an interception this season and has been nothing short of extraordinary. Against a Ravens pass defense that’s yet to impress, they’ll need their A-game to stop Wilson and a terrific Seahawks passing attack.
The key to this success will be in their new add at cornerback via Marcus Peters. The pick machine will need to live up to his past successes and find a way to make Wilson look mortal. Peters is more than capable or intercepting Wilson more than once, but he’ll need to play flawlessly. Can he do that against perhaps the NFL’s current MVP?
While it’s unfair to expect greatness out of Marcus Peters immediately, it’s exactly what he’ll need to provide. Baltimore made the move for Peters to give the secondary an edge and the type of play needed to take them over-the-top. This is a great test for Peters, and on a short-week we’ll be looking even more in-depth at his performance.