Jabrill Peppers is an interesting player. While he is coming to the Browns to primarily play safety, he is also likely going to be returning both kicks and punts in 2017.
Oh, and he may also play on offense as well. But he is still a safety.
Peppers’ ability to be dynamic in every facet of the game is why he could easily rise to be considered one of the best players in the NFL. He may not be a superstar on defense, but if he can provide solid play on offense, defense and special teams, his value can hardly be measured.
Ultimately, Peppers must play his best on defense. Unless he is returning a punt for a touchdown every single game, his play on defense is going to be where his true worth is determined.
While he can provide flashy, exciting plays on offense and on special teams, he is going to spend most of his time on defense. And if he flops as a safety, his occasional play at the other positions won’t be enough for him to be considered one of the top players in the game.
But it is way too early to assume Peppers can’t have a solid career as a safety in the NFL. If he can limit his mistakes and help what was a shaky secondary a season ago, while also providing a few touchdowns on special teams and offense, he will quickly see his name rise to be considered among the best in the game.