When the Kansas City Chiefs are trying to cover multiple receivers in the loaded AFC West this year, rookie cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Steven Nelson will be front and center. While Sean Smith and Phillip Gaines will certainly be leading the way, Peters and Nelson will be thrust into important roles.
Throughout OTAs, both Peters and Nelson were not present due to academic requirements. Now with mandatory minicamp in our presence, the rookie duo is on the field and making plays from all reports. On Tuesday, the pair spoke to the local media.
For Peters, he talked about whether missing OTAs was tough. Surprisingly, Peters seemed unfazed.
"“Not frustrating. It was just something that I was a part of. Unfortunately my college is on a quarter system so it causes me to miss some time. But it’s not something frustrating at all. I’m glad to be back now.”"
Peters also talked about the influence of assistant defensive backs coach Al Harris, who played prominently for the Green Bay Packers for years before retiring. Harris now serves alongside Emmitt Thomas, Kansas City’s Hall of Fame defensive backs coach.
"“That’s always good when you’re getting coached by a guy like him that has been an All-Pro in this league and he knows how to get it done. So that’s always good.”"
Peters says the amount of communication is not lacking.
"“Daily. With me being back, it’s been really (good). Like I said, he is going to be like a mentor to me. I’m going to be in his back pocket and learn as much as possible.”"
Going forward, Peters is ready to get the pads on and break camp with the big boys.
"“…I’m going to come out here and compete the best that I can and take these three days as a learning (process) being around the vets and get some more information about the playbook. Once it’s time for training camp, it’s on.”"
As for Nelson, he feels the scheme set forth by defensive coordinator Bob Sutton plays into his game beautifully.
"“I think it fits very well. I like that I can go out there and make plays, that’s what I like about it.”"
Finally, Nelson looks forward to getting out there with the rest of the guys and getting acclimated.
"“Yeah, that’s the main part of it. Just getting all the butterflies out, going against veteran guys. Just seeing how I fare.”"