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Packers impressed by “genetic freak” Julius Peppers

The Packers are used to seeing Julius Peppers twice a year.

Their first workout with him on their side had them excited about the possibility of 16.

Teammates were impressed by Peppers’ first OTA workout, and are already thinking about what he’s capable of.

“You obviously notice his athletic ability right off the bat,” linebacker A.J. Hawk said, via Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “He’s 34 and runs like he’s 18. If ever there was a genetic freak put on this planet, it is Julius. He’s just a specimen. I have a ton of respect for how he works, too. What a great teammate just from Day 1. He’s a quiet guy that already knows what he is doing, so it is fun to be around a guy like him.

“Him being in Chicago all these years, and getting to see him up close and personal two games a year, is always something I’ve been impressed by. Now, to have him on our side, to see how good of a guy he is, how good of a teammate he is, he’s already lived up to — and exceeded — my expectations.”

Peppers has created a high bar for himself because of his natural gifts. While it’s easy for someone so large and so graceful to appear effortless and thus draw criticism, he’s compiled 118.5 sacks and ranks in the top 20 all-time in that category.

They’ve all come from a 4-3 defensive end spot with the Bears and Panthers, and the Packers are using him as a hybrid outside linebacker (hence the unfamiliar number 56).

But so far, they’re excited about what they’ve seen, and what he might add as a pass-rusher opposite Clay Matthews.


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63 Responses to “Packers impressed by “genetic freak” Julius Peppers”
  1. dethsupport says: May 29, 2014 6:24 PM

    Impressed that he’s so close to the Social Security Retirement Age.

  2. cheeseisfattening says: May 29, 2014 6:26 PM

    Packers fans are now saying the same things abut Letroy Guion.

  3. kodatrout says: May 29, 2014 6:27 PM

    The Packers are loaded and poised to make a run. The Vikings are also poised to make a run….at next years number one pick.

  4. chadman128 says: May 29, 2014 6:30 PM

    When he’s motivated he’s a beast. He lost that motivation when Lovie left Chicago. Didn’t want him back here but my guess is he gives them a 10 sack season in GB.

  5. thevikesarebest says: May 29, 2014 6:35 PM

    This is why the vikings are a better organization than the cheeseheads.they over pay players past their prime.meanwhile the Vikes pay a reasonable price for quality players.this is why we will take over the div and packer fans are too idiotic to realize it.purple>ugly yellow and green.SKOL

  6. tecmobowl34 says: May 29, 2014 6:36 PM

    Eh. The 7 sacks he had last year don’t scare me.

  7. tokyofilthblaster says: May 29, 2014 6:36 PM

    I hope his freakish genetics don’t pose a problem when getting his ring sized.

  8. mypercyhurts2 says: May 29, 2014 6:37 PM

    “Their first workout with him on their side had them excited about the possibility of 16.”

    I’m thinking closer to 19.

  9. granadafan says: May 29, 2014 6:42 PM

    Clowney is this generation’s Julius Peppers/ Jevon Kearse.

  10. ariani1985 says: May 29, 2014 6:43 PM

    Impressed with his cane and walker?

  11. filthymcnastyi says: May 29, 2014 6:46 PM

    Packers window has closed!

  12. beerbratscheese says: May 29, 2014 6:47 PM

    I read a report about him earlier where he’s remained in Green Bay ever since they signed him. There’s no workout clause in his contract or anything. He is just newly committed to football and winning a championship.

    Also, make no mistake about his decline in sacks last year. His totals were going up the previous three years in Chicago, and then last year, Urlacher was not resigned and Briggs was hurt a good portion of the season. Peppers was double-teamed a LOT last year.

    He is fully capable of double-digit sacks this year.

  13. filthymcnastyi says: May 29, 2014 6:49 PM

    Did the Pack steal John Deere’s colors or did John Deere steal the Pack’s colors? Either way, the Peckers window has closed!

  14. jiveturkey23 says: May 29, 2014 6:51 PM

    They will be impressed in the 2 games he actually gives over 75%…this guy got his Money and just played the roll never excelled and took alot of plays off

  15. redandgoldhitman52 says: May 29, 2014 6:58 PM

    overpaid, over the hill, overcooked

  16. pekkle007 says: May 29, 2014 7:01 PM

    He’ll be a “genetic freak” only on obvious passing downs and sub-packages. Get ready for the “Julius was always double-teamed and therefore didn’t play well” calls on GB sports radio, especially when he wasn’t.

  17. grubbyolebowski says: May 29, 2014 7:02 PM

    Usually a teams fans will brag AFTER their team actually wins the big one. However, a certain purple NFC North teams fans don’t quite get that.

    And speaking of over paying washed up players.. do I even need to type more on that one?

    Oh and one more thing.. Chicago got Mr. Allen from Min, and GB got Mr. Peppers from Chicago and Minnesota signed who? The Wilfs have been too busy trying to get a new stadium built to pay any attention to who is running the team, and it shows.. Some day they may be good.. but until then..

    have a nice day.

  18. senorbruce says: May 29, 2014 7:04 PM

    Peppers has lost interest in giving 100% with every team he has played with—why would it be any different with the Pack. He was coddled by Lovie, rarely practiced, and played hard occasionally. GB can expect the annual season ending injury to Mathews and Peppers dropping off by the 4th game—-ain’t gonna be more than 8-8 this year.

  19. whatjusthapped says: May 29, 2014 7:05 PM

    The Bears used him way too much, with the Packers he will be a rotational player. That alone will make him a beast on the limited snaps he does get.

    Mark my words, Peppers will finish the year with a higher number of sacks than the buck toothed Allen and even a higher number than Allen had last year playing for the last place (that phrase never gets old) Vikings.

  20. 4thqtrsaint says: May 29, 2014 7:05 PM

    Only the Packers would be giddy about this. Nobody else has worried about Peppers since his 4th year in the league.

  21. majahpayne8950 says: May 29, 2014 7:10 PM

    Let’s see what happens when he has to drop back in coverage on someone like jimmy graham.

  22. rosstuckershair says: May 29, 2014 7:17 PM

    Every OC in the NFC North have designed 5-10 plays making him cover a tight end…

  23. pilot2011 says: May 29, 2014 7:21 PM

    Peppers played basketball at UNC. Jimmy Graham played basketball at Miami.

    I would put my money on Peppers all day in a jump ball situation against him.

    Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure both of those guys come from the same town or county or something in eastern NC. (you want to talk about middle-of-no-where farmville USA?!) Aint nothin east of Raleigh I can tell you that.

    Peppers is a country boy

  24. rosstuckershair says: May 29, 2014 7:24 PM

    Usually a teams fans will brag AFTER their team actually wins the big one. However, a certain purple NFC North teams fans don’t quite get that.

    And speaking of over paying washed up players.. do I even need to type more on that one?

    Oh and one more thing.. Chicago got Mr. Allen from Min, and GB got Mr. Peppers from Chicago and Minnesota signed who? The Wilfs have been too busy trying to get a new stadium built to pay any attention to who is running the team, and it shows.. Some day they may be good.. but until then…………………………………………………….

    Minnesota signed Linval Joseph, and Corey Wooten, Oh and Everson Griffin who sacked Erin 3 times in one game…Sorry, but signing Letroy Guion, and a 35 year old planter facitious case study playing out of position is TT’s way of making money and giving the fans nothing. HaHa is caught with a blunt in his Facebook pic, and the Teds last 5 years 1st rounders are all busts..I wouldn’t blame Erin if he wanted out…

  25. raiderufan says: May 29, 2014 7:25 PM

    I always wanted to see him as a 3-4 olb….wish he was 23 and not 33 but I cant wait to see how he transitions. I think he’s primed for big year in GB.

  26. ickky says: May 29, 2014 7:25 PM

    TT finally dips into free agency and comes up with old man peppers. Packers D will be porous as usual.

  27. dabears308 says: May 29, 2014 7:40 PM

    Peppers may have a little left in the tank…but, what he has left, isn’t worth the money he wanted. Sad to see him leave chicago. Sadder to see him go to GB…

  28. kabasaman says: May 29, 2014 7:44 PM

    That’s a lot of cash for a “rotational player”.. I remember when he came to the Bears 4 years ago. The same stuff was bantered around about what a freak of nature this dude was . Brian Urlacher raved about him. We’ll see, Huge money for a guy who won’t be on the field that much. I’d be shocked if he has 10 or more sacks this year.

  29. tokyosandblaster says: May 29, 2014 7:46 PM

    He’ll have a great end of career in GB, winning more division crowns in the next few years than he has his entire career.


  30. jimthebuilder27 says: May 29, 2014 7:50 PM

    Gotta love the comments by the classless Vikings fans! The Packers signed a good player, the Vikings signed an aging former Packer QB (Favre, who after a great 2009 performed disastrously in 2010) and a systm WR in Jennings!

    Packers= Pursuit of Super Bowl wins
    Vikings= Uhhh……

  31. chawkup says: May 29, 2014 7:53 PM

    Lots of respect for Julius and the Pack, but they will still be 0-1 in a few months.

  32. jonbeck316 says: May 29, 2014 7:58 PM

    Clay Matthews is a “chemical freak”

  33. purplengold says: May 29, 2014 8:02 PM

    Can’t stack the box on us anymore, breakout year for AP.

  34. bearshaterseverywhere says: May 29, 2014 8:02 PM

    In a side-by-side comparison of Allen and Julius Peppers, who he’s replacing in the Bears’ starting lineup, the former has played 580 more snaps than the latter over the past 64 games, with 48 more tackles, 19 more sacks and 22 more disrupted drop-backs.


  35. filthymcnastyi says: May 29, 2014 8:11 PM

    Clay Matthews uses steroids

  36. thevza says: May 29, 2014 8:20 PM

    Can’t wait to see the immediate quarterback audibles once Peppers is spotted at LB putting him in pass coverage on tight ends or running backs. I’ve always wondered how he’d fare dropping back…

  37. wnstonchill says: May 29, 2014 8:22 PM

    Wait til that genetic freak only shows up in maybe a third of their games this year. But hey, he sure looks good in a uniform though!

  38. bassplucker says: May 29, 2014 8:26 PM

    As a Bears fan I liked him until last year when he flat out quit on the Bears. I understand he was loyal to Lovie but his obvious disregard for the new regime set a bad tone for the entire D. For the money he made off the Bears there was absolutely no excuse for him to just disengage like he did and throw his new DC under the bus. It left a really bad taste in my mouth about him.

    Even if he has 12 sacks this year, dumping him was something the Bears had to do.

  39. gustavejfrerotte says: May 29, 2014 8:52 PM

    “Even if he has 12 sacks this year, dumping him was something the Bears had to do.”

    No doubt about it.

  40. bluestar94 says: May 29, 2014 9:18 PM

    Not nearly the player he could have been. Has taken far too many plays off over the course of his career. Remember, he was blocked by a little fullback away from rodgers on the 4th down play last season that cost the bears the division. That’s when chicago could have used the “genetic freak” to make a play. Instead, another play going half throttle.

  41. mrwalterisgod says: May 29, 2014 9:27 PM

    Seahawks 31, Green Bay 3

  42. yaphound says: May 29, 2014 9:33 PM

    Julius Peppers will have a great season playing on the same side of the ball as Clay Matthews. Greater pressure on opposing QB’s coupled with an upgraded secondary will move GB to 70th percentile defense. Given the capability of the offense to put up points, that translates to another NFC North title and a deep run in the playoffs.

  43. maraneso says: May 29, 2014 9:48 PM

    I’m amazed Bears fans are saying he quit on the team last year. In Week 17 he forced a Rodgers fumble (turned into a weird Packers TD) and nearly iced the game at the end. Looked pretty good to me but I didn’t see every game.

    I’m not surprised at the Viking fan trash-talk though. At least Bears fans have the perspective of 8 Championships (Minnesota – that’s when you keep winning until you’re the only team left standing).

  44. corky2141 says: May 29, 2014 9:50 PM

    Maybe the number 56 is to pay homage to a fellow Tar Heel alum that played outside backer in the pros? Just a guess

  45. stevent92 says: May 29, 2014 10:14 PM

    Wisconson sports writers have labeled Peppers “The Breakout Player of 2005”

  46. sportsbastard says: May 29, 2014 10:31 PM

    Didn’t even know he was on the field last year when the Bears played here in STL. Not a good omen for GB fans

  47. jojopuppyfish says: May 29, 2014 10:44 PM

    As a bears fan, he looked done last year. No way he makes any kind of presence for the Pack

  48. grubbyolebowski says: May 29, 2014 10:48 PM

    Bottom line would be this….

    last five years

    55-24-1 3 divisions and a another Super Bowl

    36-43-1 1 division, the last year (09) that Favre could still be called a decent qb. And they still have nothing but dust in the trophy case..

    And in those 5 years there have been 3 coaching staffs in Min.. remember Chilly’s last game? heh..

  49. wheezerswin says: May 29, 2014 10:51 PM

    How do vike fans think every free agent and every draft pick the pack signs is a bust? The packers dominate the Vikings and win the division and superbowls. The queens have never won anything and finish last LAST in the division. Delusional? The one good player they had on def couldn’t take it anymore and bolted to Chicago. The one good player they have on off. Will be doing the same soon I’m sure.

  50. muencht says: May 29, 2014 11:07 PM

    Julius Peppers has been one of my favorite pass rushers. 4+ years ago. He lost his passion. In his prime he was amazing.

    What are the Packers expecting from him at age 34? I don’t think he will have a great year w/ a lot of sacks.

  51. Carl Gerbschmidt says: May 29, 2014 11:12 PM

    Reggie White 2.0. Book it.

  52. f1restarter says: May 29, 2014 11:34 PM

    Without Peppers: Packers > Vikings.
    With Peppers: Packers >>> Vikings.

  53. trapshoot says: May 29, 2014 11:48 PM

    Only time will give a true evaluation of his worth to the Pack. All else is pure speculation.

  54. tokyosandblaster says: May 30, 2014 1:20 AM

    I mean, the Packers already had the best defense in the division. And to add the bears best defender? And the Vikings lose their best defender…which isn’t saying much?

    I mean…I hate to crown the packers as division champs already, but the Packers should win four more games than anyone in the division.

  55. furny47 says: May 30, 2014 9:14 AM

    After one day, he’s the most amazing football player the Green Bay Packer defense has ever seen…. that part makes sense.

  56. In Teddy We Trust says: May 30, 2014 10:55 AM

    I don’t know why everyone thinks Packer fans are delusional, just because they think giving $10 million a year to an over-the-hill defensive end and moving him to linebacker is the key to success.

  57. purpleguy says: May 30, 2014 10:56 AM

    Sure he’s a genetic freak, but a genetic freak that’s now old, playing out of position and actually puts forth an effort 50% of the time at best. The Pack should expect great play out of Peppers for about 6 games — maybe that’s all they want.

  58. bearskoolaid1985 says: May 30, 2014 11:14 AM

    I Peppers succeeds in (gb) it just another justification that Tampa 2 defense is a joke and proves that Lovie Smith is a moron when it comes to defense.

  59. dabears341 says: May 30, 2014 12:11 PM

    The Bears used him too much? When he’s getting paid 16 million/year he better play every dang down and play hard. He had 16 million reasons to be motivated and played half assed all year long. Good riddens….Mr. Allen welcome to Chicago!

  60. sonofad says: May 30, 2014 7:52 PM

    It turns out that Jared Allen wasn’t even the Bears first choice as a replacement for Peppers. They wanted Mike Neal.

  61. bearshaterseverywhere says: May 30, 2014 8:17 PM

    It turns out that the Bears 1st choice was Lamar Houston. He was the 1st free agent signed this year……DUH! I love when people post ignorant comments on here.

  62. txpackfan77 says: May 31, 2014 10:43 AM

    For those wondering, what is going to happen when Peppers has to cover is that it is going to be disguised and there will be a safety coming from the other side to make the easy pick-6.

  63. jobber33 says: May 31, 2014 12:32 PM

    Love how Packers fan said he was washed up in Chicago but as soon as he signs there he’s fresh out of college.

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