Florham Park, NJ - While the NFL world is freaking out about the decline of one of the best cornerbacks ever, Darrelle Revis, the Jets offense must be aware of one of the best young cornerbacks in the league.
In just his second year Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters has already done an excellent job building his resume as a cornerback quarterbacks don't want to test. Peters, and aggressive and physical corner drafted with the 18th overall pick out of the University of Washington, started all 16 games as a rookie last year racking up 26 passes defended, eight interceptions and two returned for a touchdown. Through the first two games this year Peters has five passes defended and two interceptions.
Peters is a playmaker, but he takes his chances and if Ryan Fitzpatrick is going to test the young corner he's going to have to pick his spots and try to take advantage of his aggressiveness.
"He gets his hands on a lot of balls, and I know he had a bunch of picks last year. He had two last week. He's a playmaker," Fitzpatrick said. "He's a guy that reads things and maybe doesn't necessarily always do his assignment, but guesses right a lot of the time, so definitely somebody that I need to be aware of. He does a good job with some of that stuff and it happened all last year and has already happened this year in the two games they've played."
Fitzpatrick isn't the only player that has to be mindful of Peters ability, Eric Decker said with the way Peters studies receivers and their tendencies they have to be careful not to give Peters any help to allow him to guess and make plays.
"Well, he's a smart football player," Decker said. "You can tell he's a young guy that has studied the game, he knows concepts, he knows little things receivers give away and to be able to be a physical player like he is and then have the mental part of it, you're going to be a good player in this league. So, that's one thing we have to focus on, is we can't give anything away. We got to be disciplined in our route running and what the concepts are and be aggressive. We got to go get the ball."
After lighting up the Bills secondary last week the Jets will obviously look to continue to find success through the air, but Fitzpatrick absolutely has to be careful when throwing in Peters' direction because just one errant pass or one tip-off that allows Peters to guess right could be the difference in the game.
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