The Los Angeles Rams are trading cornerback Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens for linebacker Kenny Young and an undisclosed 2020 draft pick. After the news of the Peters trade, the Rams then traded a first-round pick in 2020 and 2021, and a fourth-round pick in 2021 to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
With a high-powered offense that garners most of the attention, the Rams defense has flown under the radar. The defensive unit, led by defensive guru Wade Phillips, has consistently been one of the top-tier, able to generate a stop at any point throughout a game.
This season has been disappointing, not only for the offense, but also the defense as the Rams have fallen to a 3-3 record after reaching the Super Bowl with a 13-3 record last season. The defense is roughly middle of the league for all defensive measures. Through six games, the defense has given up 1,448 passing yards, the 14th most in the league, and 633 rushing yards, the 16th most in the league.
What has really killed the Rams defense is the inability to come off the field. Opposing quarterbacks have torched the Rams on third down. Through the air, the Rams defense has given up 83 first downs by passing, the fifth most in the league. If rushing is included, the Rams have given up 128 first downs, the 10th most in the league.
The yardage allowed doesn’t matter if the opposing offense can’t successfully score the ball. Unfortunately for the Rams, 39.4% of opponents drives end in an offensive score, which ranks 12th in the league.
With a struggling offense, the Rams defense needs that extra boost. Ramsey has proven he’s still a top-tier cornerback in the league, with multiple teams attempting to trade for him the past month.
The Ravens are aiming to win the AFC North, so the acquisition of Peters will help their defense, who currently ranks around the middle of the league for most of their defensive stats.