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NFL: How Marcus Peters Trade Impacts Rams, Ravens

The Los Angeles Rams have hit their first major rough spot under head coach Sean McVay, suffering the first three-game losing streak with him at the helm. Following a crushing loss at home against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, the Rams decided on Tuesday afternoon to trade former Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens for linebacker Kenny Young and a 2020 fifth-round pick. With that in mind, here is how the entire move impacts both teams moving forward.

Rams move Marcus Peters to Ravens

Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters
The Rams have decided to make the stunning trade of Marcus Peters to the Ravens. | Harry How/Getty Images

It has been nothing short of a rough go-around for the Rams over the last three weeks, which has pushed them to shake things up by trading Peters to the Ravens.

Since being acquired from the Kansas City Chiefs last offseason, the former Pro Bowler was a key component of Los Angeles’ secondary. In 22 regular-season games with the Rams, Peters recorded five interceptions with two returned for touchdowns.

Meanwhile, the Rams have added more depth and youth to their linebacker core with Young. His role diminished through the first five games this season with the Ravens as he played in 27% of defensive snaps, and 31% of special teams snaps. Young will have a chance to carve out a more substantial role with the new opportunity in Los Angeles.

More moves to come for the Rams?

Following Sunday’s loss to the 49ers, the level of outside concern around the Rams had risen to a level it hasn’t before under McVay.

Much of the focus has been Los Angeles’ upfront on the offensive line that has seen them struggle to give quarterback Jared Goff enough protection to make plays down the field with his arm. The team is also dealing with injuries to the unit with guard Joseph Noteboom being out for the year, while Pro Bowl offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth has notably struggled.

The decision to trade Peters does bring up some questions about the direction the team is heading at the position with the remaining group led by Troy Hill, Nickell Robey-Coleman, and David Long. The move comes one day after placing Aqib Talib on the injured reserve due to a rib injury, which in conjunction with this transaction, puts the team without their two starting cornerbacks.

It leads to the belief that the Rams may be eyeing a trade for Jalen Ramsey, who has stuck firm with his desire for the Jacksonville Jaguars to move him this season. Los Angeles also still needs more offensive line help aside from acquiring Austin Corbett from the Cleveland Browns.

In other words, the Rams don’t appear to be finished making moves before the Oct. 29 trade deadline.

Ravens strengthen an area of need

Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters
The Ravens have added another dynamic playmaker to their secondary with Marcus Peters. | Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The Ravens have got off to an encouraging start to the 2019 season, currently holding the top spot in the AFC North behind winning four out of their first six games.

However, Baltimore had some notable struggles with their revamped secondary through the early goings of the season. It saw the team mentioned among the teams having some significant interest in acquiring Ramsey.

The addition of Peters now gives the Ravens two highly capable cornerbacks pairing him alongside Marlon Humphrey. It helps soften the blow of losing free safety Tony Jefferson to a season-ending injury. Peters has performed well this season as he’s graded as being one of the top players at his position, according to Jonas Shaffer of the Baltimore Sun.

Peters has had his stretches of struggles, but he has proven to be a big-play component in the secondary as he has had an eye for creating turnovers through his first four-plus seasons in the league. His presence will only increase the Ravens’ chances of securing the NFC North division title for a second straight year.