Peters before the 2016 Pro Bowl
|No. 22 – Los Angeles Rams|
January 9, 1993|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||195 lb (88 kg)|
|NFL Draft:||2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 4, 2018|
|Player stats at PFR|
Marcus Peters (born January 9, 1993) is an American football cornerback for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He played college football at Washington.
Peters attended and graduated from McClymonds High School in Oakland, California, where he played football and ran track. He played as a cornerback for coach Curtis McCauley. As a senior, he notched seven interceptions and scored six touchdowns on kick or punt returns. He also played wide receiver and kicker. He was named the MVP of the Oakland Athletic League, as he led the Warriors to a 12-0 record, the school's first perfect season.
Peters was redshirted as a freshman in 2011. As a redshirt freshman in 2012, Peters started eight of 13 games, recording 44 tackles, three interceptions and a touchdown. As a sophomore in 2013, he started 12 of 13 games and had five interceptions, 55 tackles and one sack. As a junior in 2014, Peters was suspended one game for a "sideline tantrum". He was later dismissed from the team in November for disciplinary issues.
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 0 in
|31 1⁄2 in
|8 3⁄8 in
|4.53 s||1.60 s||2.66 s||4.08 s||7.08 s||37 1⁄2 in
|10 ft 1 in
|All values from NFL Combine|
Kansas City Chiefs
Peters was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round with the 18th overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft on April 30, 2015. On September 13, 2015, on his first play in the NFL in the Chiefs regular season opening game against the Houston Texans, Peters intercepted Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer. In his second game, he picked off Denver Broncos' quarterback Peyton Manning and returned the interception 55 yards for a touchdown. Peters would record his 3rd interception of the year by picking off Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in Week 6. In Week 10, Peters got his 4th interception of the year by picking off Peyton Manning for the second time in his rookie year. He later picked off Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, in front of his family in his hometown of Oakland, California. Against the Baltimore Ravens, he had two interceptions, including a pick six, which brought his season total to 7. During his rookie season in 2015, Peters started all 16 games making 8 interceptions, which was tied with then-Cincinnati Bengals safety Reggie Nelson for most in the league, with 2 interceptions returned for touchdowns, 1 forced fumble, and 26 passes defended on 60 total tackles.
Peters received multiple honors for his rookie season. He was one of three rookies named to the 2016 Pro Bowl. He also was named 2nd Team All-Pro. He won several awards including AFC Defensive Rookie of month for December and AP Defensive Rookie of the Year, he also was a finalist for the Pepsi Rookie of the Year award. Peters is the fourth Chiefs player to win defensive rookie of the year joining Dale Carter, Bill Maas, and Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas. He was ranked 65th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.
In the 2016 season, Peters recorded 45 total tackles, 20 passes defensed, and six interceptions. Peters was named to his second career and consecutive Pro Bowl and was named a first-team All-Pro. He was also ranked 32nd on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.
During Week 13 against the New York Jets, Peters threw a penalty flag into the crowd while the Jets were attempting a 2-point conversion. His teammate, Steven Nelson was flagged for defensive holding prior to this incident, and Peters was also flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for throwing the flag of side judge Keith Washington into the crowd; the holding penalty was accepted while the unsportsmanlike penalty was declined. Peters was seemingly ejected, but instead retreated to the locker room and later returned to the field. Peters did not play for the remainder of the game as the Jets won 38–31. For the incident during the game against the Jets, the Chiefs announced on December 6 that Peters would be suspended for the next game. Three days after the suspension was announced, it was revealed that Peters’ suspension also was the result of an argument he got into with an unnamed coach for the Chiefs. For this incident in the Jets game, he was also fined $24,309 by the NFL for unsportsmanlike conduct. He returned in Week 15 against the Chargers, and recorded two interceptions on Philip Rivers in a 30-13 win, earning him AFC Defensive Player of the Week.
Los Angeles Rams
On March 14, 2018, the Chiefs traded Peters and a 2018 sixth-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams for a 2018 fourth-round pick and a 2019 second-round pick. On April 24, the Rams exercised the fifth-year option on Peters' contract.
In his first game with the Rams during Monday Night Football against the Oakland Raiders in Week 1, Peters returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown. On September 14, 2018, he was fined $13,000 for an endzone celebration.
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