Marcus Peters still believes in Marcus Peters. Do the Rams? – Los Angeles Rams Blog

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — At least this time it wasn’t the official’s flag, like the one he threw last season, that he chucked into the stands at MetLife Stadium.

Marcus Peters was looking to break out of a slump. Nine weeks had passed since the Los Angeles Rams cornerback intercepted a pass.

And Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, Peters saw a chance to make it happen. Or so he thought.

Peters pressured Doug Baldwin as the Seahawks receiver burst off the line, but he held onto Baldwin just a little too long, before he turned and picked off a haphazard pass from Russell Wilson. An official threw a flag, and Peters appeared bewildered that he’d drawn a penalty.

Before the referee announced the ruling, Peters threw the football into the stands at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, then turned to the field and readied himself for the next play.

This season, Peters hasn’t been under any false impressions. The fourth-year pro knows he’s been getting beaten too much, and he’ll be the first to tell you. But Peters, who has a league-high 20 interceptions since 2015, said he’s still “a top f—ing corner in the league.”

The question is, as the Rams (9-1) prepare for a Monday night showdown (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN) against Peters’ former team — the Kansas City Chiefs (9-1) — what has to happen for the two-time Pro Bowl cornerback to play like it?

The Rams caught the attention of the NFL in the offseason when they traded for Peters, giving a fourth-round pick this year and a second-round pick in 2019 to the Chiefs. They were serious about upgrading their defense, and intent on making a Super Bowl run.

The Chiefs, perhaps, had a message of their own: Peters, for all his talent and playmaking ability, wasn’t worth the headache before and after the whistle.

In Kansas City, chairman Clark Hunt was upset about Peters’ protests during the national anthem. The two eventually compromised around midseason, and from that point Peters stayed in the locker room until the anthem was finished.

More publicly, a camera caught Peters directing an expletive at a fan behind the Chiefs’ bench. And later in the season, things got downright bizarre. In a game against the New York Jets, Peters was penalized after throwing an official’s flag into the stands. Peters then retreated to the locker room even though he had not been ejected from the game, and later returned, not wearing his game socks.

When Peters arrived in L.A., he addressed a reputation that preceded him, and has not looked back.

Coaches and teammates have welcomed Peters for who he is, brutal honesty and all, no matter the time or setting. And unlike in Kansas City, Peters has kept the scenes to a minimum.

There was the ode to Marshawn Lynch in Oakland — when Peters leaped backward and grabbed his crotch as he returned an interception for a touchdown. The gesture earned him a $13,000 fine.

And, from his “s—, pay the man” analysis of Aaron Donald‘s contract dispute to the in-depth description of his “f— it syndrome,” there has been the occasional curse-laden, viral-sensation media sessions.

Most recently, Peters was asked about Sean Payton’s comments that the New Orleans Saints coach got the matchup he wanted on a 72-yard touchdown pass to Michael Thomas, on which Peters was the defender.

“Tell Sean Payton to keep talking that s—. We going to see him soon, you feel me?” Peters said. “Because I like what he was saying on the sidelines, too. So tell him to keep talking that s—. I hope he see me soon, you feel me? Then we going to have a good lil, nice lil bowl of gumbo together.”

While the Chiefs had their fill of Peters, the Rams have not wavered publicly in their support.

Peters, to his credit, has boldly accepted one of head coach Sean McVay’s biggest tenets: accountability. And his “get beat, move on” message has resounded through the organization, even if Peters’ delivery and personality haven’t always jibed with the Rams’ buttoned-up, football-first public persona.

“He isn’t in the business of fluff,” cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman said.

Peters, 25, made his name with the Chiefs playing mostly off-man coverage in a scheme that allowed the 6-foot, 195-pound corner to rely on his instincts, ability to diagnose the quarterback and ball skills. In a word: freelancing. In three seasons, Peters was named the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year, earned first-team All-Pro honors and forced 24 turnovers, including a league-high 19 interceptions and five forced fumbles.

With the Rams, he has struggled to adjust to defensive coordinator Wade Phillips’ 3-4 scheme designed for the corners to often play press coverage at the line of scrimmage. Peters’ eyes too often have fixated on the quarterback, and too often his receiver has taken advantage. It also hasn’t helped that veteran Aqib Talib, who starred in Phillips’ scheme when the Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl, has been on injured reserve since Week 4.

But Phillips said the Saints breakdown was his fault. There was Peters standing across from Thomas — who was on pace for a record day — as free safety Lamarcus Joyner crept closer to the box. Peters looked to his left, hollered at teammates and waved his arm. Before he knew it, Thomas sprinted past him.

Peters — about four yards off Thomas — jumped in a desperate attempt to break up the play, but with no safety help deep, Thomas took it in for a touchdown, busted out a cell phone and delivered a final dagger in the Rams’ first loss of the season.

“I’m putting that on me,” Phillips said. “Any time that it’s third-and-7, it’s the end of the game and you’ve got one-on-one with no help with their best player, then that’s on the coaches.”

It also proved to be a career day for Thomas, who caught 12 passes for a franchise-record 211 receiving yards. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Peters was the nearest defender on eight of Thomas’ targets; he caught six of them for 127 yards and a touchdown.

“Regardless of what Coach called, we’ve got to go out there and make plays,” Peters said. “And we just didn’t — I didn’t execute.”

Peters was also beaten deep for scores in games against the Chargers, Vikings, Packers and in the first meeting with the Seahawks.

Peters has been the nearest defender on seven touchdown passes, the most given up by a cornerback this season, according to NFL Next Gen Stats. His lone interception came in Week 1 against the Oakland Raiders, and his touchdown-to-interception ratio sits at 7-1 this season, compared with 4-3 in 2017. And targeted receivers are averaging 11.5 yards per target against him, the fifth-highest rate allowed by a cornerback with at least 25 such targets.

“In a lot of instances he’s isolated one-on-one with the other team’s best receiver and that’s come up throughout various times this season,” McVay said. “There’s going to be an element of, those great players will make some of their plays. I think the standards that Marcus has for himself, that we have for him, we expect him to play and make some of those plays.”

Despite a lack of results, Rams coaches have maintained their confidence in Peters’ ability to thrive in their system. Peters realizes he hasn’t lived up to the reputation he built with the Chiefs, and that his performance for the rest of the season will go a long way in determining his future.

“When you perform in this league as much as I did, and you come in and you are one of these players who makes those plays, and used to making those plays, and those plays not coming, it kind of frustrates you,” Peters said. “But when you’ve got an offense and defense as talented as this is, it’s just all about finding your groove and finding where you fit in through everything.”

This offseason, a decision likely will need to be made about Peters’ future. He is in the fourth year of his five-year rookie deal, and is scheduled to make $1.74 million this season and $9.06 million next.

But beyond 2019? The Rams don’t have a recent history of giving long-term deals to defensive backs. Janoris Jenkins departed in free agency to sign with the New York Giants, and Trumaine Johnson signed with the Jets.

Peters doesn’t want to leave L.A. He’s happy with the coaching staff, the culture and environment with his teammates. But the question remains: Can he produce enough over the final six games and playoffs to keep the Rams happy and prove he’s worth a long-term extension?

Peters hasn’t addressed any contract talk, choosing to focus on the immediate future and playing to his standard.

After Sunday’s victory, Peters posted a photo of himself on Twitter, clad in the Rams’ yellow-and-blue throwback jersey, a smile plastered across his face.

“Back on track,” Peters wrote.

For Peters, Monday night is another opportunity to show the Chiefs what they gave away, and a stage to prove to the Rams that they made the right decision.

“With me, I’m going to continue to fight,” Peters said. “That’s the type of player I am. Who gives a s—, you’re going to get beat in football. But you go out there, you compete to the highest of your ability, and s— happens.”

ESPN’s Adam Teicher contributed to this report.

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Marcus Peters of Los Angeles Rams tells Saints’ Sean Payton ‘keep talking’

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — A rematch with the New Orleans Saints can’t come soon enough for Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters.

On Thursday, Peters was asked about Saints coach Sean Payton’s postgame comment that the Saints got the matchup they wanted when Drew Brees threw a 72-yard touchdown pass to Michael Thomas, whom Peters was covering. The play helped seal the Saints’ win, as the Rams suffered their first loss of the season, 45-35, last Sunday.

“They were going to travel Marcus to him, and that was fine by us,” Payton said after the game. “We thought we really liked that matchup — a lot.”

After practice Thursday, Peters shared his own thoughts.

“Tell Sean Payton to keep talking that s—. We going to see him soon, you feel me?” Peters said. “Because I like what he was saying on the sidelines too. So tell him to keep talking that s—. I hope he see me soon, you feel me? Then we going to have a good li’l, nice li’l bowl of gumbo together.”

Thomas had a career day against the Rams and set a new franchise record for most receiving yards in a single game with 211.

Thomas caught 12 of 15 passes that he was targeted on.

According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Peters was the nearest defender on eight targets against the Saints, all of which were to Thomas. Thomas caught six of the eight targets for 127 yards and a touchdown.

After the game, Peters said he “just got beat” on the 72-yard play, which came on third-and-7 with 3:52 left, and that he was not pleased with his performances the last couple of weeks.

“Got up there in press, came back, he just beat me off the line,” Peters said. “Looked back and tried to make a play on the ball. S— happens like that in football.”

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Will Marcus Mariota be the Tennessee Titans’ $100 million man? – Tennessee Titans Blog

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Soon, the Tennessee Titans will need to make a decision about quarterback Marcus Mariota‘s future with the franchise.

Though he has shown flashes of brilliance, the No. 2 overall pick in 2015 is now midway through his fourth season, and his statistics have declined sharply since 2016.

The Titans, with a new coaching regime led by Mike Vrabel and a new offensive coordinator (Matt LaFleur), exercised Mariota’s fifth-year option this past offseason. It would pay Mariota $20.9 million next season if they don’t give him a contract extension. If they let him play out the option next season, he could become a free agent in 2020 or Tennessee could use a tag (the franchise tag was $23.2 million for quarterbacks in 2018) to try to keep him.

That gives Mariota nine weeks, beginning on Monday Night Football against the Dallas Cowboys (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN), to reaffirm for the Titans that he’s worth a lucrative, long-term commitment in 2019.

Hall of Fame quarterback and ESPN NFL analyst Steve Young said Mariota’s situation makes it hard to get a true evaluation.

“To me, Marcus Mariota is in one of those places that I don’t really like as a quarterback, so I don’t really know how to judge it,” Young said. “I don’t know whether to say all of these issues are Mariota or maybe he’s not going to be an elite player. I don’t know. I just know the thing is not working. I feel like he’s a dynamic player. I would like to see him in other systems, but I don’t get to. I see him in Tennessee, and until further notice, I am just going to hold off. I am not sure who to blame for all of the ups and downs right now.”

The Titans, of course, aren’t in position to hold off on evaluating Mariota. Here is a look at his first three-plus seasons and some pros and cons that could impact the franchise’s decision.

Bumpy ride

After throwing 19 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions in 12 games as a rookie, Mariota made a big jump in 2016, throwing for 3,426 yards with 26 passing TDs, two rushing and just nine interceptions. The future looked bright.

In 2017, he led the Titans to a road win against Kansas City in the playoffs but finished the season with 13 TD passes and 15 interceptions. The postseason victory was Tennessee’s first since 2003, and he rushed for five TDs, but Mariota’s drop in production was worrisome.

More worrisome is that he continues to be hampered by injuries. The four games he missed as a rookie were because of a sprained right knee, and in 2016, he broke his right fibula in Week 16. In 2017, he battled nagging hamstring issues that cost him one game.

This season, an injury to his right elbow in the opener has affected his grip and caused him to miss the Week 2 win against Houston and part of the Week 3 win in Jacksonville. Through six games played, he has three TD passes, five interceptions and the lowest passer ratings of his career.

Reasons to commit long term

Despite the sagging statistics the past two seasons, Mariota has played well in the clutch. Including the playoffs, he is among the NFL leaders with five game-winning drives over the past two seasons. In the fourth quarter and overtime this season, he is 29-of-43 (67.4 percent) for 257 yards with all three of his TD passes and no interceptions.

“He’s the Comeback Kid for sure,” left tackle Taylor Lewan said. “Having a guy like [Mariota] back there, he’s going to put us in a position to win.”

Mariota is often at his best when the stakes are high, something Vrabel wants to see from the opening kickoff.

“We have to recreate the fourth-quarter passing — that type of mentality — throughout the game,” Vrabel said.

Quarterbacks coach Pat O’Hara echoed Vrabel and loves Mariota’s ability to remain calm when times get tough.

“He’s a competitive, athletic guy,” O’Hara said. “I like Marcus’ demeanor when things aren’t going well versus when things are going well. He’s the same calm and cool guy.”

Nothing seems to rattle Mariota, who after leading the Titans to an overtime win against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4, said: “Back home in Hawaii, there are so many ups and downs; you just go with it. They call it the ‘Aloha Spirit.'”

In addition to his clutch play, Mariota is a real dual threat. Defenses have to account for his ability to gain chunks of yards on the ground in addition to what he can do with his arm. Pass-rushers have to be more disciplined when they come after him, because if he finds a lane, he can break off a long run. Those off-schedule, unscripted plays put extra stress on defensive backs, who are forced to run with receivers for longer than usual.

Reasons to move on

A new staff, a new scheme and the elbow injury have contributed to Mariota’s slow start this season, but there are other issues. He tends to stare down receivers, and getting the ball out on time is something the Titans are working to improve.

The Baltimore Ravens harassed Mariota during their 21-0 win in Tennessee in Week 6, sacking him 11 times. The offensive line deserves some of the blame, but Mariota also held the ball too long at times.

“It’s a process; you have to get to that point where you trust it,” ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky said of Mariota. “The really good ones have so much trust and faith in their ability, in their eyes, they don’t care what the result is at the end of the day because of their self-belief and trust.”

“Until further notice, I am just going to hold off. I am not sure who to blame for all of the ups and downs right now.”

ESPN’s Steve Young, on evaluating Marcus Mariota

It’s hard to trust the process after being subject to the kind of punishment Mariota endured against Baltimore. The good thing is he didn’t get rattled and had a solid game the next week, leading a comeback that fell just short against the Los Angeles Chargers in London.

“I was pleased when you look at how he bounced back from the Baltimore game,” LaFleur said. “The tendency is for a quarterback … if you get hit a bunch of times in a game, it has ramifications and can spill over to the next game. I didn’t feel that. I thought he did a good job in the pocket. The ball was coming out quick. He was on time with his reads and able to progress through reads.”

Mariota also needs a better rapport with the receivers, said ESPN’s Matt Hasselbeck.

“Look at the chemistry that guys like Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers have with their receivers, tight ends, and running backs; it feels like they practice that part of their game,” Hasselbeck said. “That’s part of the reason Aaron Rodgers is so great. He and his receivers always seemed to know what each other is thinking.

“There’s a psychology that goes with how you handle those split-second decisions on the football field. Sometimes you don’t figure it out right away. I am curious to see when it clicks for Marcus and this offense.”

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New York Jets safety Marcus Maye out at least 3 weeks with broken thumb

The New York Jets‘ battered secondary has taken another hit, as free safety Marcus Maye will be sidelined at least three weeks with a broken right thumb, a source confirmed Monday.

Maye was injured in the third quarter of Sunday’s 42-34 win over the Indianapolis Colts. It appeared to happen on a tackle of wide receiver Chester Rogers. Maye stayed in the game for another two plays, but left for good and was seen afterward with a cast on his right hand.

This means three of the Jets’ top five defensive backs are dealing with injuries. Cornerback Trumaine Johnson has missed two games with a strained quadriceps and nickel back Buster Skrine sat out Sunday with his fourth concussion since 2015.

Maye was replaced by Terrence Brooks. The only other backup safety is Doug Middleton, who started the first three games while Maye recovered from a preseason foot injury. They could get help this week, as Rontez Miles (off-season knee surgery) is eligible to start practicing on the physically-unable-to-perform list.

The injuries are taking a toll on the Jets, who have allowed a 300-yard passer in three straight games. Next up is the Minnesota Vikings and Kirk Cousins, who is fourth in passing yardage (1,921).

Maye, a second-round pick from Florida, started every game as a rookie. Since then, he has been plagued by injuries. He underwent off-season ankle surgery which caused him to miss most of the preseason. Then came the foot injury.

Eight days ago, Maye made one of the most memorable plays of the season. On the final play of the Jets’ win over the Denver Broncos, he made a 104-yard interception return, but was tackled at the 1 — the longest non-touchdown interception return in league history.

The New York Daily News and New York Post first reported Maye’s thumb injury.

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Los Angeles Rams CB Marcus Peters unlikely to play

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters, listed as questionable with a calf injury, is unlikely to play Thursday night against the Vikings, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Rams would then be without both starting cornerbacks, Peters and Aqib Talib, who is having ankle surgery Thursday. Peters and Talib both went down in Sunday’s win over the Chargers.

Peters went down in the second quarter and was sidelined for the rest of the game. He walked out of the locker room afterward wearing a walking boot on his right foot.

Talib was hurt in the second half and left the locker room with the help of a crutch, wearing a boot on his left foot.

On the Vikings side, the team is optimistic that running back Dalvin Cook will play Thursday, despite a hamstring injury, a source told Schefter. The team still wants to see him pregame before making a decision, but the Vikings are encouraged.

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Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota to start in Week 4

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is starting this weekend against the Eagles, no matter how limited his injured right hand might be.

Mariota is Tennessee’s best option with backup QB Blaine Gabbert in the concussion protocol. Austin Davis just joined the Titans and has been given a crash course in the Titans’ offense but is still learning the playbook.

“We’re obviously excited about that because he’s feeling better, and that’s all we were really hoping for along the way the last couple weeks,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said Wednesday.

Mariota hurt his elbow when hit in the season opener, a 27-20 loss in Miami. He tried to stay in that game only to be intercepted twice before giving way to Gabbert. Mariota was active for their 20-17 win over Houston with Gabbert getting the win as the starter, but Mariota came into last weekend’s 9-6 win at Jacksonville after Gabbert was forced out with a concussion.

He used his legs for 51 yards averaging 7.3 yards per carry, and Mariota was 12 of 18 for 100 yards passing against the Jaguars with his longest completion going 22 yards. In the open portion of practice, he also took some snaps from shotgun.

“Just taking it one day at a time,” Mariota said. “We’ll see how it feels throughout the week. I hope it continues to get better and yeah we’ll see.”

Mariota threw down the field only once in Jacksonville, a throw to Corey Davis that drew a defensive pass interference penalty.

Just how limited the Titans quarterback could be again remains to be seen.

Tennessee’s offense has scored only two touchdowns through three games, and a healthier Mariota could be a big key to taking a step forward.

“I don’t anticipate that being an issue going forward with how things have been here the last couple days,” Vrabel said of needing to pare back the game plan.

Helping Mariota and the Titans could be the return of right tackle Jack Conklin, an All Pro as a rookie who tore his left ACL in the divisional playoff loss in New England. Both Mariota and Conklin practiced fully Wednesday, and Vrabel said this was the game they had hoped Conklin might be able to return.

That would leave only three-time Pro Bowl tight end Delanie Walker as the missing starter that Tennessee expected to have this season. Walker is recovering from a broken ankle hurt in the opener.

Coach Doug Pederson and the Eagles (2-1) are preparing for a healthy Mariota.

“He throws the ball extremely well in the air,” Pederson said. “His ability to make plays with his legs is a tough thing for any defense. But, it is something that I find our defense will have to be prepared for.”

Pederson said it’s hard to simulate what Mariota can do with his legs in the Titans’ offense including scrambling and the run pass option. He compared the challenge to facing Russell Wilson of Seattle.

“Our defense has their work cut out for them,” Pederson said. “You have to stay disciplined, obviously, while trying to limit the number of long distance runs he’s capable of doing.”

Game notes: K Ryan Succop was among five Titans who did not practice Wednesday with tendinitis in his left, plant leg. … WR Rishard Matthews missed with personal reasons. … LB Kamalei Correa (back) was limited. … CB Adoree Jackson (concussion) practiced fully and still needs to be cleared by an outside doctor. … S Kendrick Lewis (foot) practiced fully.

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Marcus Peters, Los Angeles Rams CB, suffers calf injury

LOS ANGELES — Rams cornerback Marcus Peters suffered a calf injury in the first half against the Chargers and will not return to the game, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Peters was helped off the field by trainers and taken to the locker room on a cart.

Peters, 25, was injured on a 27-yard pass from Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers to tight end Antonio Gates.

The Rams acquired Peters, who leads the NFL with 20 interceptions dating to 2015, in an offseason trade with the Kansas City Chiefs.

This season Peters has four tackles, a pass deflection and in Week 1 he intercepted a pass by Derek Carr and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown in a victory over the Oakland Raiders.

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Marcus Mariota of Tennessee Titans still feeling tingling in fingers

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Titans were hoping for progress for injured quarterback Marcus Mariota but he still is feeling tingling in two of the fingers on his right, throwing hand from when he was sidelined by an elbow injury in the season opener.

Head coach Mike Vrabel said Mariota’s status remains after practice on Wednesday about where the quarterback was when he was listed as a limited participant on Thursday and Friday and didn’t start in Week 2.

According to Mariota, the team trainers said the injured nerve that is causing the tingling in his fingers is like when a guitar string is strummed. He said the nerve has to take time to settle down because like the guitar string, it has been “kind of strummed.” Each day for Mariota starts with him contracting and expanding his hand to see how it feels.

When Mariota came out for practice on Wednesday, he had a glove on his throwing hand with the index and middle fingers cut out of it. Mariota was trying to experiment with what would work so he can grip the ball. Unlike the final two practices last week, Mariota threw the ball during the individual period of practice on Wednesday. His first couple of throws were wobbly but once Mariota settled in the throws had a better spin on them.

Although he was encouraged by the velocity he had on his throws, Mariota still knows it’s a day to day process.

“It’s getting better but it is frustrating. It’s hard because it’s one of those things in which you can’t really do a whole lot. I think it’s close but we are going to take it one day at a time.”

Vrabel said the Titans are preparing for whatever happens in the next few days before they face the Jacksonville Jaguars and will make the best decision he can for the team later in the week.

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Tennessee Titans without QB Marcus Mariota; Blaine Gabbert starts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans were without quarterback Marcus Mariota against the Houston Texans in their home opener on Sunday. Backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert got the start in Mariota’s relief.

Gabbert took most of the reps for the Titans during the team’s pregame warmups.

Mariota injured his elbow and lost feeling in his throwing hand as he was carrying out a run fake while executing a read-option play in a loss to the Miami Dolphins last week.

Tennessee hoped Mariota would be able to play, but his status regressed during the week leading up to the game.

After being a full participant in practice on Wednesday, Mariota was listed as a limited participant on Thursday and Friday.

He said he felt some tingling in his throwing hand and struggled to grip the ball the way he wanted to when he practiced on Thursday.

Mariota came out for pregame warmups to throw soft passes to the running backs and tight ends on seam routes. He had a glove on his right hand during warmups.

The Titans are exercising caution with Mariota especially behind an offensive line that is without starters Taylor Lewan (concussion) and Dennis Kelly (illness).

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Rams’ Marcus Peters fined for Marshawn Lynch tribute celebration

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters‘ tribute to Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch turned out to be a costly one.

The NFL fined Peters more than $13,000 for grabbing his crotch as he jumped backward into the end zone for a touchdown in a season opening victory over the Raiders last Monday.

“Yeah, it’s a lot of money,” Peters said after practice Friday. “But it was worth it.”

Rams coach Sean McVay said he thought the celebration, dubbed as “The Beastmode” by Peters, was good-natured.

“He’s got a close relationship with Marshawn,” McVay said. “This was something that he had discussed with him before if he was going to be able to make a play like that so it was a good way for those guys to kind of have an inside joke, laugh about it and I think it all was in fun and lighthearted.”

Peters, who grew up in Oakland, intercepted a pass by Derek Carr with 1:59 remaining in the game and returned it 50 yards for the score.

Peters, acquired by the Rams in an offseason trade with the Kansas City Chiefs, finished with three tackles, an interception and pass deflection in the 33-13 victory.

“It’s all paying respect and loving the game of what we was playing,” Peters said. “Who knows if this [is] Marshawn’s last year playing in the league. S—, we was up, closed the game out, no better way to go out in Oakland, who knows the next time we’ll get to play the Raiders in Oakland, they’re going to Vegas in what? A year and a half?

“So it was something that was well deserved for the hometown.”

Lynch, also from Oakland and to whom Peters refers as his cousin, incurred a similar fine, $11,000, in 2014 for the same gesture. Lynch was fined $20,000 for doing it again a month later.

After the Rams’ victory, McVay awarded Peters with a game ball.

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