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Marcus Peters impressed with Chiefs’ young cornerbacks

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin tried to get past cornerback Steven Nelson (right) during training camp on Monday.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin tried to get past cornerback Steven Nelson (right) during training camp on Monday. skeyser@kcstar.com

Chances are the Chiefs’ situation at cornerback opposite Marcus Peters won’t be fully settled for a while.

The offseason departure of Sean Smith has left a plethora of young, largely untested, corners battling for roles behind Peters, but the good news is that Peters, the NFL’s reigning 2015 defensive rookie of the year, is impressed with their talent.

“We’re a talented group,” Peters said. “We just have to come along and that’s what camp is for, the first couple of days of camp. As camp goes on everyone gets a lot more comfortable and the speed of the game slows down and then you start making your plays. I love the talent and everyone is out here competing, and it’s been a wonderful camp so far.”

Phillip Gaines, a third-year pro coming off a torn ACL, and second-year pro Steven Nelson — a third-round pick a year ago who had minimal impact as a rookie — appear to be the top two guys behind Peters for now.

Peters said he likes what he’s seen from Nelson, who had a deflection on Wednesday.

“Steve has that confidence and he has that play making ability to come out here and be successful in this league,” Peters said.

Other corners firmly in the mix are Marcus Cooper, who has earned some first-string reps, and rookie third-round pick KeiVarae Russell and sixth-round pick D.J. White. Fourth-round pick Eric Murray was a corner in college, but he has spent the last several months learning how to play safety.

Beautiful football weather for a shorter practice before a day off for the players. Tyreek Hill and Dee Ford talked about the fans and the opportunities the players have (video by Shane Keyser | skeyser@kcstar.com).

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