Hue Jackson: We’ll find a role on offense for Jabrill Peppers

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In the final weeks before the draft, there was some speculation that Jabrill Peppers would fall out of the first round because of concerns about a diluted urine sample at the Scouting Combine and uncertainty about what position he’ll play in the NFL.

The Browns weren’t concerned enough to pass up Peppers at No. 25 and they made it clear that they see Peppers’ versatility as an asset when discussing the pick. While they plan to play him primarily at strong safety, coach Hue Jackson also said he sees Peppers playing a role in the return game and that they plan to figure out a way for him to contribute on offense as well.

“He is a football player, a very dynamic player,” Jackson said, via the Detroit Free Press. “Obviously, he’s going to play defense for us, but we’ll find a role for him over there on offense. No question. … Again, when you have guys that have ability to make plays, you do anything and everything you can to put them in an environment so they can showcase their talent and ability. We will do that, but first we are bringing him in here to play defense and play special teams.”

Peppers had 45 carries and 10 catches over the last two years at Michigan, but the vast majority of his work came on the defensive side of the ball. That should be the case in Cleveland and his play in the secondary will decide whether this pick goes down as a success or not.

29 responses to “Hue Jackson: We’ll find a role on offense for Jabrill Peppers

  1. These jack of all trades, both sides of the ball guys never seem to work out in the NFL. I could see a late rnd flyer on a guy like that, but a 1rst rnd pk?

  2. The guy flat plays his heart out every down… with quickness, speed, and also strength beyond what his weight may indicate.

    You have to account for him every play he’s on the field… which then also creates opps for others.

  3. Colin Kaepernick will be the Browns starting QB this season. The offense was setup for RG3 and Kaep is a better version of RG3, so it makes sense. The Browns will draft a QB either today or tomorrow, but won’t start him this season.

  4. The Cleveland Dog Piles are a team that is clueless from top to bottom. They will remain the laughing stock of the NFL and need to be disbanded before they totally destroy the reputation of the once proud Cleveland Browns whom this team cross dresses as.

  5. 5280broncosfan says:
    Apr 28, 2017 11:41 AM

    “The offense was setup for RG3 and Kaep is a better version of RG3…”
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    Woah. I hope there is not someone out there who is a better version of me than I am, that would be weird.

  6. jabrill peppers was a steal. a great athlete. along the lines of terrelle pryor, but not as athletic.

    the big question for him will be, as a safety, is he physical and tough enough to stop the run ?

  7. Peppers is actually one or the more physical safeties in this draft he was an all conference linebacker. He will tackle better and play with more physicality than quite a few safeties including the OSU guy the Colts drafted who is flat out not a good tackler.

    I would be more concerned about him in coverage he has stiff hips. There is a reason he left CB early in his career at Michigan and it wasn’t for lack of straight line speed. He will be a good returner for the Browns and a good run support safety. In coverage he will have to improve.

  8. Everyone discounts Brock Osweiler, and that is a mistake. Need I remind you that last year he was one of the most sought after free-agents? He can play. They Texans didn’t use him right.

    Remember him taking Denver into NE and beating the Pats?
    What if Josh Gordon comes back? This team could be playoff bound way before any of you think.

    This is very much like how the Cowboys of the 1990’s started out.

  9. Of course it will be hard for him to play when he gets multiple drug suspensions.

    These teams never learn.

  10. richardshermanhaschickenlegs says:
    Apr 28, 2017 12:48 PM
    Everyone discounts Brock Osweiler, and that is a mistake. Need I remind you that last year he was one of the most sought after free-agents? He can play. They Texans didn’t use him right.
    Remember him taking Denver into NE and beating the Pats?
    What if Josh Gordon comes back? This team could be playoff bound way before any of you think.
    This is very much like how the Cowboys of the 1990’s started out.
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    I agree with this. We all saw what happened to Brian Hoyers promising career after Cleveland let him walk and the Texans got a hand on him. Discounting any QB with the talent Cleveland is quietly building is bad. Even RG3 looked good during the 13 minutes he wasn’t on IR.

  11. tedmurph says:
    Apr 28, 2017 11:28 AM
    These jack of all trades, both sides of the ball guys never seem to work out in the NFL. I could see a late rnd flyer on a guy like that, but a 1rst rnd pk?

    I could be mistaken, but didn’t Julian Edelman play defense for a few games? I recall games against the Eagles and Chiefs for sure.

  12. There is “no question” he will play offense? No question at all, is that a guarantee of some sort? Or just another overuse of a ridiculous phrase by talking heads/coaches?

  13. I seem to recall Belichick had a middle linebacker named Mike Vrabel who was a perfect 10 for 10 for TDs when playing tight end. These guys are athletes, if a coach recognizes places on the other side of the ball where they add value, why not try something from time to time?

  14. richardshermanhaschickenlegs says:
    Apr 28, 2017 12:48 PM

    Everyone discounts Brock Osweiler, and that is a mistake. Need I remind you that last year he was one of the most sought after free-agents? He can play. They Texans didn’t use him right.

    Remember him taking Denver into NE and beating the Pats?
    What if Josh Gordon comes back? This team could be playoff bound way before any of you think.

    This is very much like how the Cowboys of the 1990’s started out.

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    No it isn’t. Brock doesn’t have it within the ears. He is the master of the back shoulder fade. That, his size, arm strength, and athleticism got him drafted. He’s just not a good QB. He has massive trouble reading defenses, which is why he makes so many ill advised throws. Misses wide open people all the time.

    He did this all the time at ASU, and nothing’s changed in the NFL.

    He was sought after in free agency by desperate organizations without a clue, and the team that knew him most, let him go.

    He also had that run in with O’Brien, so there might be some issues there with attitude.

    Also the Browns didn’t trade for him because they wanted him. They traded for him for the DRAFT PICK. Then wanted to trade him on. Got no takers, so he’s stayed. (though the draft is still on, he might not even be on the team by the end of it)

    Denver tried to hide his deficiencies (like with Tebow) and had a stellar defense.

    Will Josh Gordon come back? He’s one strike away from lifetime ban. They’ve trusted him a lot. Is he even the same player? Maybe. But either way you can’t count on him. He still might be a tremendous talent, but a knucklehead.

    Nope. The Cowboys got good because they made the Herschel Walker trade, and hit on almost every pick with all pros and HoF’s.

    Meanwhile the Browns are drafting 53 WR’s, another drug guy with no position, passing up on potential franchise QB’s.

    So far all that extra draft capital hasn’t looked wisely spent. Definitely not like the Cowboys. Not even close to being remotely close.

  15. They could use some more talent in the front office too. Maybe they throw a suit and tie on him and let him make the picks the rest of the weekend.

  16. I have little doubt he can contribute on offense. But, it is also the quickes way to shorten his career. He’ll be far more susceptible to debilitating injury on offense than at safety. ————————————————————————
    But, if the plan is something along the lines of the way the Pats used Vrabel, then yeah, good reasoning by Cle.

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