Peters was thrown off the team at the University of Washington last season after a confrontation with an assistant coach. That's obviously cause for concern. The Chiefs recently sent personnel director Chris Ballard to visit with Peters and his family in his hometown of Oakland, California.
Here is an edited version of Peters' conversation with the Kansas City media:
On what the Chiefs wanted to learn on Ballard's visit to Oakland: “Just wanted to get to know me more. Because with me, I had a coaching change up there at [Washington] that caused me to act out of character. I didn’t handle the coaching change very well and I take sole responsibility on that because it was on me to make that situation better for me and my teammates. So I owned up to everything like I did to every team and just told them, ‘If you take me, I am going to give you my all.’ I am here to learn, I am here to take criticism from coach Andy Reid, criticism from [assistant defensive backs coach Al Harris]. And I am just here to get better.”
On the details of the confrontation that led to his dismissal at Washington: “All I can talk about is that there was a misunderstanding that year at the University of Washington. I went through it. I went through this process. I’ve been enjoying this now and I will continue to enjoy it because now I get to go to the NFL and I am blessed to be able to be a part of the Kansas City Chiefs and to start a new chapter in my life. And I am going to leave it at that because I am not going to keep harping on something because [the University of Washington] was good to me and I am blessed to be a part of the University of Washington. It gave me a chance to branch out from Oakland and that’s dear to me. But other than that, that’s just what it’s going to be. There are no hard feelings. I give [Washington] Coach [Chris] Petersen and the rest of his staff all of the praises in the world.”
On how he will handle things the next time his emotions boil: “I lived and I learned from it. I’ve been through it once. Football has been taken away from me and when you have that taken away from you, you have to have some [things] change.''
On his style of play: “Aggressive. With me being aggressive, that just establishes dominance and me going into the league is going to cause me to calm it down and to tame it to a minimum. But other than that, that’s where Coach [Harris] and Coach Reid come into effect. They help me grow as a player to get to the level of play that I can be at and play at that on a consistent basis.”
On whether having to check his emotions will change him as a player: “That’s embedded in me. That’s been embedded in me since I was a youth and that’s just how I was raised to play this game. You’re out there playing against another man who is basically now trying to take your place and try and make your team lose a game and I’m not having that. I am going to do whatever it takes to protect my island and protect my team, first and foremost.”