Peppers appears as OLB in Packers’ depth chart

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On the team’s roster, Julius Peppers appears as a defensive end and linebacker for the Packers.  On the first, unofficial depth chart, Peppers appears only as the starting left outside linebacker.

While the Packers have been vague about Peppers’ role in his first season in the 3-4 defense, it appears he’ll spend the bulk of his time like most 4-3 defensive ends do when they shift to a 3-4.  But no one should be surprised if the Packers moved Peppers to defensive end from time to time.

Elsewhere on the depth chart, Micah Hyde has an early edge on first-rounder Ha Ha Clinton Dix at safety.  Hyde also is listed as the team’s top punt and kickoff returner.

The Packers’ depth chart otherwise has no real surprises.  If the defense is even a little bit better with Peppers, it won’t be a surprise if the Packers are playing deep into January.

58 responses to “Peppers appears as OLB in Packers’ depth chart

  1. Have a feeling this is going to go bad… even if he is in the LB position and drops back only 10% of the time he is going to get burned with in routes and then the speedier WR’s will only have a safety to beat.

  2. “Have a feeling this is going to go bad… even if he is in the LB position and drops back only 10% of the time he is going to get burned with in routes and then the speedier WR’s will only have a safety to beat.”

    Actually….they don’t drop to cover WR’s. TE’s and the occassional RB. But much has already been written about how well he has done doing it as he’s such a smooth and quick athlete during camp. It’s been attributed to his time as a basketball player.

  3. More like Pepper will be outside of the line looking in during regular season games bc he’s washed up and can no longer play football. Yoga is better for him at this point in time. Pathetic Packers wasted so much money on this guy. My granny can do better than this turtle speed clown.

  4. So funny how you so called experts keeping picking the packers to finish last and not make the playoffs. You’re letting your hatred and jealousy get in the way of your logical thinking. Anytime you have the best player in the nfl, your chances at the playoffs are good. I guess vegas and the actual nfl experts know nothing because they’re all picking them to win the north.

  5. 1st, where’s the news here ??? The Packers said he would be identified as an OLB shortly after they signed him.
    2nd, codythao has some sort of mental imbalance. Or perhaps he’s just plain tired of his beloved Vikings being perennial losers and this is how he gets his kicks. Cody, you look stupid.

  6. It doesn’t really matter who starts, it matters more who gets the highest snap count rather than who takes the first snap of the game.

    But another way for the Packers to improve is to hope that 1st Rounder Nick Perry can develop to the next level, but if Peppers is racking up the snap count then how much opportunity will be left for Perry? If Peppers can’t get the job done then that’s an extra price to pay to not have given Perry more of a shot, and if Peppers plays well, then good thing for their opponents that they drafted Perry instead of somebody else that would have seen the field more often. Keep him on the bench with 1st Rounder Sherrod, nice drafting and planning Ted!

    This team isn’t as dangerous as they could have been with some smarter choices over the years, and last year they squeaked out the division title (with negative points differential) instead of steamrolling over the weak competition. That’s why everybody is giving them a hard time, because they deserve it.

  7. I don’t think Peppers could play every down at OLB, but he will be an intimidation factor. That is a fact.

    People can call him slow and whatever, he will still help improve the Packers D, you can’t deny it. The real question mark is can he remain healthy, he has a chronic foot problem along with his age…

    Good Luck this year Packers, it’s always a pleasure watching the 2 most historic teams go to battle every year, for almost 100 years.

    -A Bear’s fan

  8. This stopped being news the day after the Packers signed him and immediately said they would line him up at OLB opposite of Matthews.

    By the way, sorry to break it to you Packers fans (actually I am very pleased to break it to you) but you aren’t getting much out of Peppers. He’s really old by NFL standards; even if he was a kicker he’d still be considered kinda old. And last year he hardly even tried at times, to the point where I had to look up if he was on the inactive list or not. There were 3 games where he recorded literally zero stats, and two more where he made a single tackle.

    Have fun with him.

  9. Can somebody please remind me how Aaron Kampman did after Capers moved him to OLB?

    Funny how cheeseheads are ignoring this history in trying to convince themselves that this is now a good idea.

  10. codythao35 says:
    Aug 5, 2014 5:45 PM

    More like Pepper will be outside of the line looking in during regular season games bc he’s washed up and can no longer play football. Yoga is better for him at this point in time. Pathetic Packers wasted so much money on this guy. My granny can do better than this turtle speed clown.

    Hey kids this is the reason to stay in school.

  11. thestrategyexpert says:
    Aug 5, 2014 6:03 PM

    It doesn’t really matter who starts, it matters more who gets the highest snap count rather than who takes the first snap of the game.

    But another way for the Packers to improve is to hope that 1st Rounder Nick Perry can develop to the next level, but if Peppers is racking up the snap count then how much opportunity will be left for Perry? If Peppers can’t get the job done then that’s an extra price to pay to not have given Perry more of a shot, and if Peppers plays well, then good thing for their opponents that they drafted Perry instead of somebody else that would have seen the field more often. Keep him on the bench with 1st Rounder Sherrod, nice drafting and planning Ted!

    This team isn’t as dangerous as they could have been with some smarter choices over the years, and last year they squeaked out the division title (with negative points differential) instead of steamrolling over the weak competition. That’s why everybody is giving them a hard time, because they deserve it

    I like how people come on here and act like they know the Packers roster. Neal will be a bigger factor at lb than Perry. If you were actually as smart as you act you would know Sherrod has been an injury casualty because of seriously broken leg and now he is back. Perry has been hurt as well. The only reason we won the division by only a game is because the 2 best players missed half the season, the Pack had 11 players on IR. You might want to analyze your own team and try and figure out why a team with all those players out still could win the division over your team.

  12. Clueless queens, 3-4 OLBs aren’t lined up off the line of scrimmage at the same depth as ILBs. He’ll be used like a DE and 90% of the time you wouldn’t know a second after the snap if he was an OLB or DE. On occasion he’ll drop into the flat to swat screens or force TEs to block him on running plays outside.

    Ariani and her other friends are clueless, simple as that.

  13. So, reading all of the comments from the “experts” who frequent this site, the Packers added an old, slow, washed-up, overpaid player to the worst defense in the league.

    And yet somehow, they’ll win the NFC North… again.

    By the way, Charles Woodson was 33 when he won DPOY. Reggie was 36 when he won his 2nd.

  14. I agree with “themeccalambeaufield”. Peppers is the perfect example of a reason to stay in school. Seriously, 35 years old with no prospects of future employment?

  15. It’s pretty clear that Ariani/Poet has added a few new identities. Luckily, the season will start soon, the Vikings will be out of it by week 6 and they’ll all be back in the basement playing World Of Warcraft.

  16. I think he is a part time player and pass rush specialist. He will be moved around the formation.

    He and Matthews blitzing from the same side could be fun to watch. As a skilled veteran I’m sure he we turn it up in the playoffs.

    It will be fun to watch and fun for him on the field not absorbing blockers play after play.

    It is wise to use him in a that is most effective for his set of skills.

  17. I disagree. Cheesebay is not being vague. They simply haven’t a clue what to do with him. All due to Capers.
    And Peppers won’t mind. He’s already stated that he’s ready to take a backseat (fact).

  18. What people fail to understand is the Packers rarely run a vanilla 3-4. Last year when Mike Neal played “linebacker”, he was basically DE in a 4 man line. Usually this was when the Packers played a nickle that looked like a 4-2-5. And the Packers play a lot of this nickle.

  19. I respected this guy over the years but unless he knows more than God, he is 34 and HAS slowed down.
    Ya he still can play but so can a two year younger Jared Allen who is a tear and highly motivated guy that Ted T didn’t give a look to.

    Mark my words. Forget the bull about the Packers being rated no 5. This team is awful and will be lucky to eck out 6 wins.

  20. The Packers D sucks with or without Peppers.

    1. If Dix is so good why is he playing on the second team? Whenever I see a one pick not playing on the A team, he is obviously not as good as those that are on the A team or he can’t learn the position fast enough to be on the A team.

    2. A couple of prospects are hurt and not practicing. They are using undrafteds in key positions, ya that works. In practice.

  21. Q: Is Peppers better at that position than what the Packers had last year?

    A: Yes.

    End of discussion.

  22. The truth is; The Packers and their fans have more history and tradition in their recent memories than the Vikings and their fans have in their dreams.

    That’s why, until their trolls stop shooting their ineffective rockets at us, we’ll have to keep dropping our bombs on them.

    It’s called respect. Show some.

  23. themeccalambeaufield:

    Yeah I have spent plenty of time analyzing why my team didn’t get it done last year, I wasn’t taken off guard or surprised by our results. But I spend time analyzing all the teams and so I’m not shirking any responsibility with identifying my own team’s problems by taking time to point out your team’s problems.

    I am aware that Sherrod has had some injuries, but the fact of the matter is he still is currently listed as the backup, so sure things could change, but if they are playing in games with that chart, then I’m just pointing out that would mean they have less 1st Round talent on the field than they could have had. I thought Sherrod was a reach of a pick anyhow, but we’ll see how that one works out.

    And great if Neal ends up being better than Perry, but then what does that say about the draft and the roster plan? That would be yet another LB taking snaps away from him in addition to the starters, and Neal was a 56th pick while Perry was a 28th pick. Maybe they didn’t need Perry as much as they thought if Neal is that good. Or are you saying Perry just isn’t as good and Neal and you think he was a reach of a pick?

    Interesting that you mention how the only reason things fell apart was because of a small number of premiere player injuries, gee I wonder who I should blame for not having depth at QB? You guessed it, Ted Thompson blew it again on that element as well.

  24. immafubared says:
    Aug 5, 2014 7:44 PM
    1. If Dix is so good why is he playing on the second team? Whenever I see a one pick not playing on the A team, he is obviously not as good as those that are on the A team or he can’t learn the position fast enough to be on the A team.

    2. A couple of prospects are hurt and not practicing. They are using undrafteds in key positions, ya that works. In practice.
    —————————-

    1. I’m pretty sure a lot of teams acclimate their young players, wasn’t Brad Smith ahead of Jordan Matthews on the depth chart – it’s preseason doofus. As for playing time, Dom will probably play a lot of that 3 safety scheme that’s becoming popular.

    2. It also worked in the Superbowl Season, when an undrafted FA caught two interceptions in the NFC Title game, or when another undrafted FA had the game winning pass breakup in the Superbowl.

  25. If he is so old and slow, why was he double and triple-covered so much last year? And don’t tell me he wasn’t, because I saw plenty of Bears games last year, and I’ve even been to a Bears discussion board this off-season where a Bears fan posted still shots of game film proving it.

    Haters can say what they want, but if they know football at all, they know Peppers could be a serious threat in this defense.

  26. Queenie trolls out in force tonight. I wonder if poet, ariani, codywhatever, thevikesarebest, etc are all the same deranged 15 year old. Just embarrassing for MN.

  27. I see a lot of people are asking about some of our first round draft picks and wondering how the Packers can possibly be good if they don’t produce. Let me start by saying that there are many teams out there (including the Pack) that use the ENTIRE draft to acquire talent. They don’t package multiple picks to get additional first round picks because they know a wealth of talent can be found in later rounds. And depth is important to a team.

    As for Sherrod, he was drafted in the strike season and then broke both his fibula and tibula his rookie year. This is, honestly, his very first training camp with the team, and he’s coming off a major injury.

    As for Perry, injuries have been the major factor once again, mixed with inconsistent play. Perry’s had his share of injuries too. Hard to say who’s better at this time, but believe me, the patience of the Packers organization is wearing thin for both of these guys.

    Why isn’t Dix penciled is at the immediate starter? Because Hyde played S all through college as is more familiar with the Packers’ defense. Make the rookie earn the starting spot.

  28. While Peppers will help the Green Bay D, it’s not a matter of Peppers making the defense better. It’s a matter of avoiding injuries. The Packers defense was a top 10 unit last year before injuries decimated the team. If they can just stay healthy they wouldn’t even need Peppers, but they do have him and he will make an impact.

  29. “Why isn’t Dix penciled is at the immediate starter? Because Hyde played S all through college as is more familiar with the Packers’ defense. Make the rookie earn the starting spot.”
    ———-

    Remember, last year Eddie Lacy was listed as the 4th RB in training camp before he started.

  30. There is simply nothing more ironic than a Viking fan calling the Packers Defense terrible.

    Know nothing fans for a do nothing team.
    50+ years of pure futility.

  31. Never mind that he’s 34 and constantly fighting nagging injuries. Playing in a completely new position in a new defense will totally rejuvenate him!

  32. Meh. I look forward to seeing all the complaints by the Packer fans when Peppers disappears for plays AND games at a time. Showing up only in 2 or 3 games a year. (Just look at his stats the past few years, people.)

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