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next year or so."At the annual NFL league meetings Dante Fowler Jersey , Los Angeles Rams Head Coach shared the idea that the Rams absolutely want to sign CB Marcus Peters to a long-term extension, per Lindsey Thiry:Peters was originally acquired by the Rams in the 2018 offseason by way of a trade which sent the Rams’ 2019 second-round pick and 2018 fourth-round pick to the Kansas City Chiefs for the mercurial cornerback. His first season with the Rams was a roller coaster as a calf injury sustained in week three against the Los Angeles Chargers hampered him for a while, making him one of the least effective corners in the league up until about week 10, per Pro Football Focus. The return of CB Aqib Talib sparked a change in Peters’ play though, and he went on to finish the second half of 2018 with a strong showing. Part of that can be attributed to playing more off coverage both in zone and man, and not needing to shadow receivers C.J. Anderson Jersey , instead living at his spot at right cornerback.Peters is currently on a fifth-year option that’ll cost the Rams just under $9.1m this year. Peters is slated to be a free agent in 2020, though according to Sean McVay, the Rams have interest in extending Peters for the foreseeable future. Looking at the cornerback market, it’s fair to assume Peters will demand top dollar, looking to likely top former Rams’ CB Trumaine Johnson’s five-year $72.5m with $45m guaranteed contract from the New York Jets.Where things become interesting is that the Rams simply have been reluctant to prioritize the secondary in terms of long-term extensions. It dates back to the days of CB’s Janoris Jenkins, Trumaine Johnson Eric Weddle Jersey , and safeties Rodney McLeod, Lamarcus Joyner, T.J. McDonald, and Maurice Alexander, all of which weren’t handed long-term contracts and walked away to different franchises. General Manager Les Snead even called retaining the secondary “Priority A” many years ago, though things never materialized.Peters remains a highly talented player who is emotional and not a cookie-cutter personality Austin Blythe Jersey , but does that mean he’s not worthy of a long-term extension? Who knows. The important factor is the Rams have another 16 games (potentially more) to evaluate how Peters fits into Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips’ defense. We’ve seen two different Rams teams. The one in the playoffs has been better than the one from the regular season. That’s a good thing for Rams fans."The Los Angeles Rams ended the regular season 13-3 on the back of another fantastic offense under Head Coach Sean McVay, but a tough stretch out of the bye had people questioning whether the Rams could make a prolonged run through the playoffs.The offensive line looked little like themselves after a stellar first 11 games. Not surprisingly then, QB Jared Goff had a correlated decline in his play out of the bye. And the defense, for all its star power, was facing questions that couldn’t be brushed aside under the injuries to CB Aqib Talib and CB Marcus Peters. And once RB Todd Gurley’s inflamed knee had gotten to the point that it was wiser to sit him in the final two weeks of the regular season, it brought about questions for the running game that even the eye-popping numbers from RB C.J. Anderson in the final two weeks couldn’t satisfy alone.Then the playoffs started.The Rams’ offensive line might have single-handedly won the game against the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round. They plowed through the Cowboys’ front seven in the ground game allowing both Gurley and Anderson to top 100 yards while keeping Goff clean and preventing Cowboys EDGE Demarcus Lawrence from taking Goff’s soul. On the defensive side Sean Mannion Jersey , DL Ndamukong Suh had his best game as a Ram. Outside of an early touchdown when he slid inside to take on a more favorable matchup against S Lamarcus Joyner, the Rams secondary shut down Cowboys WR Amari Cooper.Whatever the concerns were from the regular season, the Rams not only addressed them in their first playoff game. They turned them into strengths.It was a similar story against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship.The run defense was stellar against a very good unit spearheaded by the two-headed rushing attack of RB Mark Ingram and RB Alvin Kamara. Goff again was well-protected for the most part. And Suh was a force with 1.5 sacks, his season high.It’s the mark of a well-prepared team to play its best football when it’s needed most. The Rams, and McVay, failed that test a year ago. In their first playoff game Jamon Brown Jersey , they looked completely undone by the pressure of the moment against the Atlanta Falcons in the wild card round despite playing in front of a home crowd. A healthy Gurley was swallowed up by Falcons LB Deion Jones far too often save for two runs in the fourth quarter. LT Andrew Whitworth played his worst game as a Ram. And Goff was unable to get going on much of anything beyond the linebackers.This year though, the Rams stepped up in January. They elevated their play and turned their weaknesses, shockingly, into strengths at the precise time it was needed most.That may be the biggest question then heading into Super Bowl LIII against the New England Patriots.Will the Rams’ run defense continue to prevent the opposition from establishing success on the ground? Will the offensive line have yet again one of those games that makes the case for them as the best line in the NFL this year? Will the secondary be able to clamp down on the downfield targets forcing QB Tom Brady to go underneath?Will we see the 2019 playoff Rams instead of the 2018 regular season Rams?Given how things have gone the last two games, I’d hope so.

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