Tag:Julius Peppers
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:24 pm

Week 16 Matchups: Hunter vs. Pierre-Paul

Jets right tackle Wayne Hunter vs. Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul  -- Hunter has had a rough season, and really struggled last week against the Eagles. Pierre-Paul is playing at a Pro Bowl level and is an all-day player. Hunter will get help, and he will need it.

Falcons defensive end John Abraham vs. Saints left tackle Jermon Bushrod -- Abraham is coming off a three-sack game last week against Jacksonville. He played both the left and right side. But he should be opposite Bushrod here for most of the game. Bushrod is coming off a good game against Vikings defensive end Jared Allen.With Abraham healthy again, Bushrod has to come up big for Drew Brees.

Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks vs. Jets corner Darrelle Revis -- Some Giants players have talked that Revis Island doesn't really worry them. We'll see. Revis is a top-level corner, but he has been beat at times. Nicks is an explosive player who is coming off a game filled with drops, including a sure touchdown. Even so, he is capable of a 100-yard game against anybody, even Revis.

Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell vs. Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth -- Whitworth is one of the league's better tackles, while Campbell has quietly had a Pro Bowl season. He has been a force. Campbell isn't a speed rusher, so this will be about force. Get ready for a physical battle.

Bears defensive end Julius Peppers vs. Packers left tackle Marshall Newhouse -- Tamba Hali abused Newhouse last week in the Packers loss to the Chiefs. Peppers is a different type of player than Hali, but he is still a tough challenge in pass protection. If Peppers is constantly beating Newhouse, Aaron Rodgers could have problems throwing the football.

Lions receiver Calvin Johnson vs. Chargers corners Antoine Cason and Quentin Jammer -- Johnson lit up the Raiders last week for over 200 yards receiving and two touchdowns. The Chargers have had trouble with slowing down receivers at times this season, but they've been better the past month. Look for the Chargers to double Johnson, but even that might not be enough the way he's playing.

Patriots right tackle Nate Solder vs. Dolphins outside linebacker Cameron Wake -- In the opening game of the season, Solder, a rookie from Colorado, held Wake to one sack in the Patriots victory. Solder did a nice job on Von Miller last week and will start again this week for the injured Sebastian Vollmer. Wake started slow this season, but has looked more like he did in 2010 the second half of the season.

Dolphins center Mike Pouncey vs. Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork -- The Patriots move Wilfork around some, but there will be a lot of instances when he's nose up on Pouncey, a rising star as a rookie. Pouncey was a force last week against the Bills. If Reggie Bush is to have success running it this week, Pouncey will have to play big against Wilfork or Kyle Love, whoever is on his nose.

Raiders left tackle Jared Veldheer vs. Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali -- Veldheer is coming off a great game against Lions defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosh, while Hali dominated Newhouse with three sacks. Veldheer held Hali without a sack in the first meeting between the teams.

Eagles center Jason Kelce vs. Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff -- If LeSean McCoy is to have success running the football Kelce has to handle Ratliff, who is having a good season after a so-so season in 2010. Kelce, a rookie starter, has had problems at times handling players on his nose.

Posted on: March 5, 2010 12:51 am

Peppers to Bears: Desperation

When I heard, and reported, earlier tonight that the Redskins were out of the Julius Peppers sweepstakes, and the Bears were the frontrunners, I could hardly believe it.

But the Bears are a desperate team. Let's be real about it: If Chicago doesn't win this year, both coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jerry Angelo will be gone.

So they're spending for the now. Who cares if Peppers is 30 and on the downward slope of his career? They need to win in 2010 to keep their jobs.

If he flops, and they get blown out, it's somebody else's problem. I'd do the same thing. Even though I don't think Peppers is worth the money, in this case his signing would make sense.

Desperation does funny things to people.

Trying to save a job makes them desperate.

Peppers to the Bears looks like a done deal. He will be in Chicago Friday. You don't go there without a deal in hand.

When he signs it, he should know the men making the decision will be counting on him to save their jobs.
Category: NFL
Posted on: March 4, 2010 9:02 pm

Redskins showing restraint?

There were many who thought the Washington Redskins, and their free-spending owner Dan Snyder,  would land Julius Peppers early in free agency.

Don't count on it.

The word making its way through the league Thursday night is that the Redskins aren't serious players for Peppers, and that it appears he is on his way to either Seattle or Chicago, with the Bears said to be the leaders.

The Redskins made a big splash to land Albert Haynesworth early in free agency last year, which led to speculation they would do the same this year with Peppers. But that doesn't appear to be the case.

Maybe Snyder has finally come to his senses.

Category: NFL
Posted on: March 23, 2009 10:16 pm

Peppers for a two? Please

Don't believe those Julius Peppers-the-Patriots for a second-round pick rumors. That isn't happening.

In fact, that's something probably coming out of the Patriots camp. Wishful thinking.

The Carolina Panthers will not part with Peppers for a second-round pick, even though he wants out. Would you? Peppers is far more valuable than that.

Carolina needs him if they are to win. Now if the price went up, maybe I'd trade him. But not for a second-round pick. Never.


Category: NFL
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