The Ravens will unbox their new toy this weekend in Seattle, as Head Coach John Harbaugh gave the outline for cornerback Marcus Peters’ onboarding.
Peters is flying from the West Coast Wednesday and will join his teammates on the field for the first time Thursday.
“He’s going to practice on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and play on Sunday as much as he can,” Harbaugh said.
Peters’ arrival comes at a perfect time with the Ravens secondary ravaged by injuries and getting ready to face a top offensive attack. The Seahawks are fifth in the NFL in yards per game (399.0) and quarterback Russell Wilson is off to a torrid start with 14 touchdowns to zero interceptions.
Peters’ 24 interceptions since he entered the league in 2015 are the most in the NFL, so the Ravens are hoping he can have an instant impact.
“He hasn’t thrown an interception. I say he’s due. Time to throw us a couple, Russell,” Harbaugh said with a smile.
“You say that laughingly because he’s playing so well. He’s one of the very best quarterbacks in the league and deep in the conversation for the MVP already. We hope and we’re going to do everything we can to make sure we don’t make that argument any stronger.”
There shouldn’t be too harsh a transition because Peters plays football the way the Ravens like to in their secondary. While the Ravens rotate coverages like everybody else, they’re primarily a man-to-man, press coverage team.
The Ravens liked Peters a lot in the 2015 NFL Draft, but the Chiefs grabbed the Washington product at No. 18 overall, eight picks before Baltimore was on the clock. Now four years later, Harbaugh views Peters as “one of the top corners in the league.”
“I always appreciated the way he plays,” Harbaugh said. “He’s a good fit for our defense and the way we play, the kind of techniques we play back there. I’m just looking forward to getting him to work and getting him up to speed as quickly as possible and rolling.”
Harbaugh spoke with Peters on the phone Tuesday evening after the trade. Peters will spend a lot of extra time with coaches and teammates this week trying to get up to speed.
Safety Chuck Clark, who relays Defensive Coordinator Wink Martindale’s calls, said he will take a large role getting Peters ready because good communication with a new member of the secondary will be essential.
Harbaugh said one of the things he’s most excited about is how Peters’ arrival will affect the entire defense. If Peters and Humphrey can lock up their receivers outside, that could allow Baltimore to bring more heat on opposing quarterbacks.
“I think he fits in real well and gives us another weapon back there so we can do the things we want to do defensively,” Harbaugh said. “We don’t want to be hamstrung. We want to be able to play the way we want to play, and he’s going help us do that.”
Even though any trade is somewhat shocking because of how sudden it can be, Ravens players applauded the move Wednesday.
“I think that’s a great move,” safety Earl Thomas III said. “I think we have two top-five corners playing on the same team with he and Marlon [Humphrey]. It’s definitely going to help us out on the back end and on the whole defense.”
“We got a playmaker,” Humphrey said. “I’m definitely excited. Any time you can get a Pro Bowl corner. … Another thing I thought about was, ‘What can I learn from him?’ Twenty-four interceptions in five, four years, whatever he’s doing, it’s working pretty well.”