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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The Los Angeles Rams made sure to upgrade their secondary by signing Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters but which of those newcomers will have a better season? Aqib Talib is the veteran and he’s familiar with Wade Philips scheme because they both spent time in Denver together. The only problem with Talib is he is starting to get older and at some point he’ll begin to slowdown a little bit. However the reports coming out of Los Angeles are Talib is practicing 100 miles per hour and is showing off incredible leadership. By going the extra mile with his effort Talib can set the tone in that locker room and it’s very possible the 32 year old corner shines this year. It should also be noted Talib has 10 defensive touchdowns and when you can bolster your scoring defense it’s always a good move. As for Marcus Peters he is much more youthful. Peters has 19 interceptions over three seasons with the Chiefs but will have to adjust to a new scheme and system with the Rams. The good news for Peters is Philips is an upgrade over any defensive coach he had with the Chiefs. Philips is going to blitz often and trust Peters and Talib to excel in man coverage. That plays to Peters strengths and his numbers could be off the charts when everything is said and done. Now the risk with Marcus Peters is his combustible personality. If Peters can avoid self destructing he’s almost a lock to be an exceptional player. Still though we’ve seen Peters meltdown in the past and that’s what he’ll have to avoid. If you looked at the last year’s stats you’d definitely have to say Peters will be better. Maybe the Aqib Talib and Wade Philips reunion will trump all of that though? You just never know.
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