[Moderated by Matt Jones]
In the wake of Kentucky football success stories like Jacob Tamme’s and Wesley Woodyard’s, other former players are often looked over. Corey Peters is one of those guys that could easily be forgotten – he’s a defensive tackle, after all – but is no less successful because of it.
Peters, who graduated in 2010 and is heading into his third NFL season with the Falcons, had 26 tackles (21 solo), three sacks and a fumble (for a touchdown) last year for Atlanta. He’s started 30 of 32 regular season games since he’s been in Atlanta, which is quite the accomplishment for a lineman, who usually have to give their bodies time to develop to the rigors of professional football.
Plus, he’s verified on Twitter, so there’s that.
A lot of the local NFL blogs have given Peters a lot of credit for “coming into his own” last year and for really contributing to the team. “Blogging dirty” (the Falcons’ version of KSR/A Sea of Blue, etc) said that Peters was the brightest spot on Atlanta’s defensive line and that the organization needed to get him some help in the 2013 NFL Draft.
And then comes the injury bug. It was reported a couple weeks ago that Peters missed most organized team activities, as well as the mandatory minicamp this week (June 19-21) with a foot injury.
It’s expected that Peters will be back in the mix by the time the Falcons’ training camp kicks off in July. The third year of a player’s career is usually when they really hit their stride, so everyone with the Falcons organization is looking forward to a monster year from Peters to help anchor their defensive line.
Best of luck to the former Cat, as he shows us that the NBA isn’t the only venue for UK players to hold their own in the pro leagues.
You can follow Peters’ (verified!) Twitter account @CoreyPeters91, and you can follow my (non-verified) account @AshleyScoby.
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