Peppers working as a safety in Browns minicamp

The draft pick out of Michigan could potentially fill any number of roles for the Cleveland defense, safety among them.

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Peppers working as a safety in Browns minicamp


  • Browns’ rookie Jabrill Peppers saw most of his reps at minicamp as a safety with the second- and third-team units.
  • How Peppers will be used by defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is intriguing, as the ex-Wolverine lacks a prototypical position in most NFL defenses.
  • Mostly used as a linebacker in his last year at Michigan, he exhibited tremendous explosive ability, recording 37 tackles in the run game (338 snaps), 20 of which resulted in a defensive stop. His 5.9 run-stop percentage ranked 12th among safeties in college football in 2016.
  • His athletic abilities were on show in all phases of the game in 2016, where he averaged 14.8 yards on punt returns and scoring one touchdown, and he might very well see some action as a runner or a returner in his first year in Cleveland.

Jabrill Peppers

  • crosseyedlemon

    As a Wolverines fan I was disappointed to see Peppers land with a team where he has no chance of reaching his full potential.

    • Sam Musilli

      There are much worse places for a player like Peppers to land than under Gregg Williams.

      • crosseyedlemon

        I’m sure Peppers will benefit from William’s “bountiful” knowledge.

        • Pullit

          Hahahahahaha!

    • voiceinthedesert

      I didn’t know that he was drafted by Detroit. …

      • crosseyedlemon

        Most teams want some in state talent on the roster but the Lions had shunned Wolverine players for 15 consecutive years until 2016 when they ended the streak by drafting Graham Glascow & Jake Rudock.

  • Pook

    I think Jabrill will be the “Big Nickel”. He will be a hybrid 3rd Safety / 4th linebacker. I’m not sure who they would use as his backup. Maybe Calvin Pryor?