4. What is Jabrill Peppers’ Role?
Jabrill Peppers was something of a non-factor last season, playing the “angel position” in Gregg Williams’ defense. Such a position has worked in the past, namely on the Super Bowl-winning New Orleans Saints squad, but it just doesn’t seem suited to Peppers at all.
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I still don’t think fans know exactly what Peppers is just yet, considering his role from college to the pros changed so drastically. As a returner, Peppers performed at least decently as a rookie. But as a safety? Not so much.
Peppers was a swiss army knife during his time with the Michigan Wolverines. Playing linebacker, safety, and even some offensive positions, Peppers showed himself to be the most versatile player in all of college football. So, why not let him loose at different positions in the NFL?
It’s easy to simply claim that the NFL doesn’t treat their positions the same way. But with Peppers just being so stupidly athletic, it’s worth a shot. Give him some time at linebacker, strong safety, and other positions, rather than keeping him 25 yards off the play.
If you put Peppers in position to make plays, he will certainly make plays on athleticism alone. He should certainly have an improved role in 2018. Alongside new safety Damarious Randall, they could form one of the most eyebrow-raising safety duos in the NFL.