Cardinals: Peters to replace lost pieces on D-Line
When the 2013 regular season was winding down Corey Peters seemed to be headed for free agency with the chance of picking up good contract offers before a torn Achilles’ in San Francisco near the end of the season. After successfully rebounding from that injury with a solid 2014 season in Atlanta, Peters will look to take the next step and get back to some of the form he showed in 2013 after he agreed a deal with the Arizona Cardinals.
After cutting Darnell Dockett and with nose tackle Dan Williams hitting the open market in free agency, Arizona has holes to fill up front and Peters will look to continue the recent tradition of quality line play from the Cardinals. Prior to his injury in 2013 Peters had a positive run defense grade to which he had added five sacks for the Falcons and he came back to form sooner than some might have expected this season, again earning a positive run defense grade and playing in excess of 500 snaps.
After losing Darnell Dockett before the season began, the Cardinals plugged the defensive line admirably last season with Tommy Kelly and Frostee Rucker but a year removed from his injury they will hope that Peters can offer an upgrade and a genuine foil for the destructive Calais Campbell on the defensive front. Without Dockett in the picture, the opportunity will be there for Peters to prove that he is more than just a solid run defender but can add more penetration as a pass rusher to his repertoire as well.