Sep 13, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters (22) makes an interception during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Of all the new and returning players however, the most impressive was rookie cornerback Marcus Peters. Thrown into the starting lineup alongside second-year corner Phillip Gaines due to Sean Smith’s suspension, Peters first play of his NFL career was to intercept Brian Hoyer on a dreadfully thrown underneath route. Takeaways were a major issue for the Chiefs’ secondary last season, and the anticipation of Peters is something that has shone through from the off. He led the team in passes defended with three and looked extremely impressive in bump-and-run coverage.
His debut wasn’t without fault, however. He often gave too much of a cushion to his man, allowing him to be beat on curl routes. A 16-yard completion to DeAndre Hopkins at the start of the third quarter was a prime example of such issues. This is perhaps due to Peters’ lack of recovery speed and fear of getting beat deep. However, for a first game in the NFL, this is nitpicking at his performance. Rather, he should be praised for an excellent all-around display. What a way to open your NFL career.
So, were you as impressed as me by the form of new and returning players for Kansas City? Were you comforted by the performance of the offensive line or were there areas that worried you? Has the return of DeVito and DJ settled the anxieties over the run defense and are you as excited at the performances of Maclin and Peters?
And of course, I’m sure you were all as ecstatic as I was to see Eric Berry back playing football again. Let me know in the comments below, and as always… GO CHIEFS!!!