Jabrill Peppers Rookie Sensation; Turning Heads in Cleveland

On Monday, former Wolverine linebacker, Jabrill Peppers, put on a show in his first practice as the Cleveland Browns starting safety.

Browns head coach, Hue Jackson, shared that he believes that Peppers is “showing he can play anywhere.”. Words that sound similar to a Michigan fan’s ear due to how much of a versatile, do-everything, type of role which the first round NFL draft pick had during his time in Ann Arbor (defense, offense, special teams).

The rookie safety reportedly broke up back-to-back passes in a two-minute drill led by Brock Osweiler. During the same drill, it also was reported that Peppers intercepted one of Osweiler’s balls on 4th & 24. It goes without saying that Jabrill Peppers made a strong case for a starting role whilst getting first string reps; Ibraheim Campbell, normally the starting strong safety, was concussed against the Saints.

A good amount of hype comes with Peppers, he was nearly worshiped at U of M. The former Heisman trophy finalist dons a very unique skill set. If any team is willing to utilize every ounce of what this young man has to offer, it’s the Browns: what do they have to lose?

A lot of people have mindset of assuming that Peppers’ career was over the minute he was drafted to Cleveland, I see it as a potential blessing for him. After signing a four-year rookie contract deal, it allows the safety plenty of time to earn his solidified, starting role, potentially attempt┬áto rebuild the current worst franchise in sports, showcase his maximum talent, and enter free agency in four seasons as a hot seller.

The sky is the limit for this former Michigan Wolverine, even if he’s in Cleveland — his future is still very bright if anything at all. You’ll be hearing Jabrill Peppers’ name this Fall, and the one after that, and so forth.

 

 

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Peppers falls short; Lamar Jackson Wins 2016 Heisman Trophy

Jabrill Peppers himself had zero expectations at winning the heisman trophy, felt that either Lamar Jackson or Deshaun Watson deserved it over him, and the other finalists. 

Peppers finished the heisman voting in dead last of the finalists, 5th place. 

As Michigan fans await to December 30th to watch the Wolverines battle it out against Florida State in Miami for the Orange Bowl; one thought comes to mind that involves curiously of Jabrill’s decision to either enter the draft, or stay at Michigan. 

He has stated already that he has a “decision to make” when asked about the situation. 

Michigan and Peppers falling short of a heisman trophy and a playoff berth, or even a Big Ten championship game berth; projected to be a top 10 NFL draft pick, redemption would have to run deep in order for the star linebacker to return to Michigan. 

Peppers: I don’t think I should (Win the Heisman)

On Friday, Michigan’s heisman finalist, Jabrill Peppers, was asked about his chances at winning the heisman trophy on Saturday. As humble as ever, Peppers responded with a statement that will make you love him even more: 

“Quite frankly, I don’t think I should (win), there are a lot of other guys here who are more qualified.”

He went onto say: “I’m just happy I’m here with the likes of the guys who are finalists. I’m going to enjoy every moment of it.”

The one reason behind the star linebacker’s presence in New York this weekend is far beyond his defensive efforts; it’s all about his versatility which allows him to return punts, kicks, and often enough, take offensive snaps. 

Jabrill also stated that he wouldn’t even vote for himself if he had the chance: “I’d vote for either Lamar or Deshaun.”

Jabrill has been utilized at 15 different positions, and he played in 933 snaps this regular season for the #6 ranked Wolverines.