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Peppers splits reps between linebacker and end

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Saturday night’s Nashville slopfest included the debut of Julius Peppers with the Packers.  His 10 snaps may have provided a strong hint at how he’ll be used this year, his first in the 3-4 defense.

Via Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Peppers had five snaps at linebacker in the base defense and five at defensive end in the 4-2 nickel look.

It’s a distinction without much of a difference.  Peppers has made his living as a pass rusher, and he needs to get back to being a better pass rush to justify the living he’ll make in Green Bay.

In 2013, Peppers’ sack production dipped to 7.0, his lowest output since getting only 2.5 in 2007.  For his career, Peppers has 118.5 sacks, good for 17th on the all-time list.

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33 Responses to “Peppers splits reps between linebacker and end”
  1. purpleguy says: Aug 10, 2014 12:38 AM

    A 3-4 or 4-3 defense, the guy’s a DE — period.

  2. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Aug 10, 2014 12:41 AM

    Peppers looked like a beast out there in the limited time. You can see his crazy athleticism in a 3-4 defense. I was surprised to see him launch their tackle down to the ground on a running play after they locked up.

    It’s clear he is still a physical freak who was trapped on a horrendous defense in Chicago.

  3. ariani1985 says: Aug 10, 2014 12:58 AM

    Does he stay with the team during camp or the old folks home?

  4. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 10, 2014 1:03 AM

    Peppers certainly athletic enough to play LB in 3-4 but it will be challenging to teach him new tricks at this point in his career.

  5. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 10, 2014 1:08 AM

    I thought it was touching when Peppers’ grandchildren joined him on the field after the game.

  6. axespray says: Aug 10, 2014 1:08 AM

    Linebacker/End… doesn’t matter, just point at the QB and tell him to go get ‘em.

    It’s Clay that’ll be allowed to be free to drop back, blitz from the Middle or outside – Peppers will give him the freedom that Dom gave Woodson.

  7. calvinthegreat82 says: Aug 10, 2014 2:24 AM

    Peppers got owned, got crushed and gave up the TD from Greene after the Punt return fumble turnover.

    Packers are screwed! L0L!

  8. jimmysee says: Aug 10, 2014 2:31 AM

    Not much to be gleaned playing in the muck last night down in Nashville.

  9. dino2997 says: Aug 10, 2014 3:00 AM

    Packer fan: Peppers is going to have a career year at age 34 regardless of fighting the usual nagging injuries and regardless of switching positions for the first time in his career and regardless of playing in a 3-4 defense for the first time……

  10. GenXJay says: Aug 10, 2014 6:10 AM

    Peppers is a walking cliche. A one trick pony. An old dog that can’t learn new tricks. One teams junk & another teams treasure.

  11. stellarperformance says: Aug 10, 2014 7:32 AM

    Q: “Is he better in that position than what they had last year?”

    A: “Yes.”

    “OK…..thanks.”

  12. filthymcfunny1 says: Aug 10, 2014 8:07 AM

    He looked like he’s 74,this organization went downhill fast!

  13. bassplucker says: Aug 10, 2014 8:19 AM

    He looked pretty much the same as he did last year with the Bears. Invisible for long stretches except when badly overrunning his assignments to allow for big plays.

    I was watching the local broadcast and the sideline reporters kept talking to other defensive players trying to get them to talk up Peppers and none of them would. Then they talked to Peppers and he didn’t seem real excited about being there either. I see him being nothing more than an average player in an average defense this year. He will contribute, but not be an impact player.

  14. tokyofilthblaster says: Aug 10, 2014 9:34 AM

    One of the things I like most about the Peppers signing is that somehow he’s managed to keep from getting shot in Green Bay.

  15. aa1829 says: Aug 10, 2014 9:53 AM

    This life long Packer fan was watching him closely on most of his 10 snaps. He didn’t even try to mix it up. I really hate to admit this, but he looked like he was doing a walk thru. No effort whatsoever. Got stood up, pushed wide, and neutralized on every play. This guy did not look like he even wanted to be out there.

  16. GBwomenrhot says: Aug 10, 2014 9:55 AM

    Hopefully he doesn’t dog it like he’s obviously been doing the past few Seasons in Chicago…DO YOUR JOB!!!!

  17. ddweer says: Aug 10, 2014 10:11 AM

    Peppers was a phenomenal athlete but has no heart to stay consistent throughout a season. He completely quit last year and am so happy he is on the Packers and the Bears got Allen (who will never quit).

  18. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 10, 2014 10:15 AM

    It’s only the first preseason game so I wouldn’t give up on Peppers too soon. I’m sure when the regular season starts, this over-the-hill has-been defensive end who is now playing linebacker will start dominating. It may seem like a crazy idea on the surface, but Ted Thompson has never let us down before.

  19. sonofad says: Aug 10, 2014 11:02 AM

    Who wouldn’t love seeing this future HOF’er get a ring with the most decorated franchise in NFL history – the Green Bay Packers.

    And Packer fans have been deprived of ultimate glory long enough. A 2nd Lombardi Trophy in 5 years seems just about right.

  20. revelation123 says: Aug 10, 2014 11:31 AM

    The players who weren’t in danger of losing their jobs acted like this first preseason game in the rainy muck didn’t matter. They’re right. No point in going all out and then getting injured in a preseason week 1 muck contest.

  21. suckit619 says: Aug 10, 2014 11:31 AM

    Washed up. Enjoy his 6 games of production this year packer fans…

  22. ariani1985 says: Aug 10, 2014 11:55 AM

    6 games is about average for the lousiest LB core in the NFL

  23. bloozmann says: Aug 10, 2014 3:10 PM

    Peppers is so old he cant even do the day to day stuff anymore…They have to rest him for Sunday. Then he takes half the plays off, makes 1 tackle and considers it a good outing

  24. mcnasty1 says: Aug 10, 2014 3:18 PM

    NFC North Standing

    W L T PF PA
    Chicago 1 0 0 34 28
    Detroit 1 0 0 13 12
    Minnesota 1 0 0 10 6
    Green Bay 0 1 0 16 20

  25. mcnasty1 says: Aug 10, 2014 3:19 PM

    ^get used to it

  26. cheeseisfattening says: Aug 10, 2014 6:12 PM

    Peppers looked really good when he was playing next to Letroy Guion, so the Packers have that going for them.

  27. stellarperformance says: Aug 10, 2014 6:31 PM

    In consideration of the high number of Viking trolls commenting on this thread, I would have to think the Packer game must’ve been televised in Minneapolis. Would ratings and popularity have anything to do with that? Wasn’t there a long-ago story about a big wooden horse rolled into the enemies camp? Sounds like the same thing.

  28. dgt178 says: Aug 10, 2014 7:09 PM

    ……virtually every packer forum starts with viking trolls commenting first, and usually more often than the packer fans…..do these dolts even realize how pathetic that is?…..probably not…..since they’re dolts….

  29. billyhvac says: Aug 11, 2014 9:12 AM

    I remember many years ago, the Vikings had
    Alan Page on their defense. Page was a beast
    for many years. Then, at the tail end of his
    career, they traded him to my Bears. By that
    time he was a shell of what he once was.
    Peppers reminds me of that deal, with one
    exception. Alan Page had more character in
    his baby finger that Peppers has in his entire
    body! I have always had a ton of respect for
    the Packers organization, but I believe they
    might have messed up on this deal.

  30. zerochampionshipsmustsuck says: Aug 11, 2014 11:27 AM

    Almost every post on here is from a poor delusional, never won a championship fan of the Vikings! I think you all have Packer envy, you should know exactly what that is, right “little” guys. The posts about Thompson being a poor GM are hilarious. Just think, he already has more Super Bowls in his 8 years as GM as the Vikings have in their entire history. It must really suck to have to lash out every year at the class of the NFL and just “hope” you can have a winning season.
    Seahawks, Saints, Packers dominate!

  31. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 11, 2014 11:56 AM

    I fully expected to read this morning how 25 Packers were injured in the game.

  32. ariani1985 says: Aug 11, 2014 12:44 PM

    Packers dominate? Lol, you obviously don’t watch packer playoff football!

  33. sonofad says: Aug 11, 2014 1:56 PM

    I’m sure Peppers is looking forward to contending for the Packers NFL record 14th World championship. Good luck Julius!

    The Green Bay Packers.

    Better football for better people.

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