While the Atlanta Falcons offense was in full showing the whole game with Matt Ryan and Julio Jones having record-breaking games, there was a player that didn’t receive as much recognition as he deserved. Corey Peters was an absolute monster out there.
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All off-season long, the Dirty Bird Nation has complained and stressed over and over again the need for a stud in the heart of the defense, which led to the signing of Tyson Jackson and Paul Soliai.
So far, Jackson and Soliai has shown nothing to prove they are worthy of even a starting spot. This last game, Peters may have guaranteed him on top of the depth chart, at the very least more playing time.
All night long, number 91 was everywhere. From the run stopping in the backfield to throwing down Josh McCown to the turf in passing situations (which was most of the time), it seemed as if this kid was unstoppable. Here is what ESPN had to say about his night.
"“In looking at the defensive snaps, Peters played 34 of the 60 possible snaps, or 57 percent. He ended up with a sack, four tackles for loss, and two quarterbacks hits in the Falcons’ 56-14 thumping of the Buccaneers. Remember, Peters returned on a one-year contract this season after tearing his Achilles last December. If he continues to dominate like he did Thursday night, he’ll earn himself a nice payday sometime soon.”"
As you can see, ESPN points out the injury that he suffered in 2013. Well, Corey Peters is back for the Atlanta Falcons and is ready to shine. If he can solidify the middle and maybe get to the quarterback here and there, opposing teams may have to deal with a thunderous defense as well as the offense.
Should the Atlanta Falcons start Corey Peters?