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.

 

63 responses to “Packers impressed by “genetic freak” Julius Peppers

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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

  11. 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…

  12. 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.

  13. 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…

  14. 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.

  15. 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……

  16. 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.

    LOL.

  17. 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…

  18. 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.

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

    No doubt about it.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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).

  23. Bottom line would be this….

    last five years

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

    Vikings
    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..

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

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

  27. 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.

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

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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!

  32. 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.

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