With Talib and Peters, LA Rams have a secondary on lockdown

From FOX Sports - March 14, 2018

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP)Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters were laughing and joking like old friends shortly after the start of their first day together at the Los Angeles Rams training complex.

The Rams opponents might not have that much fun this fall when they face two of the NFLs best pass defenders in the same secondary.

The defending NFC West champions kicked off their offseason by acquiring bookend elite cornerbacks in two trades that were formally announced Wednesday. Talib and Peters say theyre thrilled to play under coordinator Wade Phillips on a defense undergoing an intriguing overhaul.

These guys are special players, head coach Sean McVay said. They bring a great passion for the game. You can see these are both cerebral players, and then they have the physical talents to match up. Guys that love football, these are the types of guys we love to be around.

Rams general manager Les Snead has created a seemingly stellar secondary after entering the season with the uncertainty of top cornerback Trumaine Johnson, slot cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman and starting safety Lamarcus Joyner all heading for free agency.

They lost Johnson to a lavish deal from the New York Jets, but the Rams re-signed Robey-Coleman, franchised Joyner and swung trades for two cornerbacks with seven combined Pro Bowl selections to play alongside Joyner and safety John Johnson III in a potent starting lineup. Los Angeles even added talented veteran cornerback Sam Shields, who missed last season due to concussions, as a probable backup alongside 2017 starting cornerback Kayvon Webster, who has a long road back from a heel injury.

Peters has known for nearly three weeks that he was headed out of Kansas City, where he spent his first three NFL seasons. When he heard last week that Talib would join him with the up-and-coming Rams, the Oakland native was thrilled.

Oh, lets do it, Peters said. For me, I get to have another All-Pro corner on the other side, so now you dont know where youre going to go. And then when youve got a safety like Joyner and then youre adding Sam Shields and you keep Robey? Come on now. Its just going to be fun. Youve got to find a way. Pick your poison.

Talib and Peters both paid attention last season when McVay and Phillips led this long-struggling franchise to its first winning season since 2003 and its first playoff appearance since 2004. After winning the Super Bowl two seasons ago under Phillips direction in Denver, Talib was eager to be a part of another potential powerhouse.


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