Peters’ Playing Time to Increase Soon

Peters’ Playing Time to Increase Soon

Jay Adams

Published November 5, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Corey Peters is getting healthier. Good for us. Bad for them.

Walking through the locker room on the way to his usual Monday news conference after a game, head coach Mike Smith spotted Corey Peters and chatted the young defensive tackle up a bit.

“Hey, I think you’ve still got some rust on you,” Smith said to him.

“Yeah, I know,” Peters said. “You don’t need to tell me that.”

“Oh, yes, I do,” Smith quickly replied.

Peters knew it himself that he isn’t quite at 100 percent in football shape yet, but Smith used pointing it out as a motivator. After all, he expects a lot out of the third-round defensive tackle that quickly earned a starting job his rookie season.

Peters played in just his second game back from a foot injury that kept him out of the entire offseason workout program, training camp, the preseason and the first six weeks of the regular season. Perhaps some rust is expected, all things considered.

Still, Peters played more snaps Sunday than Smith would have liked him to. Keeping Peters on a 15-25 “snap count” was the goal, but Peters played 36 Sunday night against Dallas (largely because of the injury to Peria Jerry). Last week against Philadelphia, he played 20.

Smith sees that number going up even higher in the near future.

“I think in another week or two, he’ll be ready to get back to his normal snap count that he was at last year when we were using him as a starter,” Smith said during his Monday news conference.

Peters has no tackles in his two games back since injury.

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