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Chiefs’ top draft pick makes positive first impression in pads

Kansas City Chiefs first round draft pick Marcus Peters nearly intercepted a pass intended for Armon Binns during training-camp practice on Saturday.
Kansas City Chiefs first round draft pick Marcus Peters nearly intercepted a pass intended for Armon Binns during training-camp practice on Saturday. deulitt@kcstar.com

If Monday’s first padded practice was a sign of things to come, cornerback Marcus Peters will live up to his first-round draft status.

Peters, who was taken with the No. 18 pick in this year’s NFL Draft, made his presence known from the get-go, recording three interceptions during team periods — with at least two coming off quarterback Alex Smith.

“It was good, I had a good day,” said Peters, who also had a handful of pass breakups. “I played fast. Made some plays on the ball. I’ve been having some chances to make some plays on the ball but I couldn’t capitalize on them.”

Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Mike Catapano missed the entire 2014 season because of a gastrointestinal illness and a concussion but he returned to practice on Monday at the team's training camp in St. Joseph. VIDEO BY DAVID EULITT deulitt@kcst

At least two of his picks of Smith came near the right sideline, where Peters, who had excellent ball production in college, jumped the routes.

“I feel I should be able to make those plays, that’s what I do,” said Peters, who logged three interceptions, seven pass breakups and 10 pass deflections in eight games for the Washington Huskies in 2014.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid was happy with Peters’ early production, but stressed the importance of Peters putting two good practices together in a row.

“Marcus did some real nice things (today),” Reid said. “He had a couple nice plays. Now it’s important that he comes back. It’s got to be consistent. So he did nice, and now you’ve got to come right back with it and do it again.”

Peters, who is listed at 6 feet and 197 pounds, seems to understand that.

“The pads came on, now it’s time for me to do it on a consistent basis,” Peters said. “Got to come out tomorrow and do the same thing.”

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid spoke after Monday's first practice in pads at the team's training camp in St. Joseph about having to move indoors due to a forecast of lightning. VIDEO BY DAVID EULITT deulitt@kcstar.com

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