The Chiefs gave up on Marcus Peters largely because of his conduct in the locker room. Peters was the source of many headaches in KC, but head coach Sean McVay says the Rams did their homework on the cornerback before trading for him this offseason.
“You talk to the people that have been around him, that you really value their opinion, you trust it,” McVay said (via Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com). “Got a lot of good things that came back in terms of a guy that loves football, does a lot of really good things for his community.”
The Rams added other bold personalities on defense, including cornerback Aqib Talib and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, but McVay isn’t concerned about how everyone will gel. McVay feels that 71-year-old defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has “more swag” than all of them combined and has the ability to keep them in line.
Here’s more from the West divisions:
- There’s increasing chatter about the Rams signing Aaron Donald to a new deal, but McVay did his best to pump the breaks on such talk. “I’ve seen a lot of reports out there, but that’s news to us,” McVay told reporters on Monday (via PFT). “So, no news on that front for us. Same thing as just the dialogue, but as far as anything that’s changed, it hasn’t changed.”
- Raiders tackle Donald Penn is practicing again after agreeing to a new contract, and he has a new position as well. Penn was spotted working at right tackle on Tuesday with rookie Kolton Miller at left tackle, Michael Gehlken of the Review-Journal tweets. Gehlken adds that this is not just an experiment – the Raiders believe that their best starting five has Miller on the left side and Penn on the right. Pro Football Focus ranked Penn as the league’s No. 23 overall tackle last year and the 12th best tackle in the league in 2016 as he worked from the left side.
- Last week, Chiefs safety Daniel Sorensen underwent surgery to repair a tibial plateau fracture.
- Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie worked out for the Seahawks last week, but did not auditioned for the Raiders as originally planned.