When the Atlanta Falcons released their “Official” depth chart for the 2013-14 NFL season, it had defensive tackle Corey Peters on top over the former first-round pick Peria Jerry back in 2009. While Jerry has been a huge disappointment since being sidelined with an injury his entire rookie year, third-round pick Peters has been stepping up and the Falcons are expecting big things in the former Wild Cat.
Going into his fourth year with the Falcons, Peters has put up solid numbers and has been a big reason in helping the Falcons’ defense continually improve year after year in small doses. Before injuries sidelined Peters in 2012, he was having a strong year for the Falcons, as his strength allowed him to push back opposing offensive linemen and was athletic enough to get around them just enough to make the tackle as well.
Due to injuries, Peters only played in 10 games and notched only 15 tackles with zero sacks. While many would agree that Peters isn’t the next Warren Sapp or Albert Haynesworth (before he sucked), he is every bit important to the Falcons ability in creating pressure on the quarterback.
While the Falcons have been one of the less stellar teams in terms of rushing the passer, if Peters can be good enough within the scheme and use his skills to hold his own, the Falcons defensive line should see more positive results in 2013.
Though Peterson wasn’t drafted at a position that commanded much expectation like his counterpart Jerry, the Falcons’ expectations on Peters are as if they drafted him in the same round as his teammate.
Peterson’s ability to be consistent and disciplined on the line is absolutely crucial to what the Falcons want to do this year defensively, and it will be up to Peters if he is willing to meet those expectations headstrong, or fade away from it and be an average player.
The choice is his, but the clock will be ticking, as preseason is halfway done. Expectations is knocking at his door, if Peters answers, than expect the Falcons to be a much more improved group in this area.