Defensive coordinator James Bettcher suggested Wednesday that Peppers could fill multiple roles this season, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports. "Jabrill is a highly ascending player in this league. A guy that has flexibility to play strong safety, he can come down into the box and play some money [hybrid linebacker]." Peppers was included in the blockbuster trade in March that sent Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns. Though his production lagged during his two seasons in Cleveland, the Giants believe that Peppers' versatility and athleticism should help him stick on the field regardless of the matchup. Special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey envisions Peppers filling a similarly vital role in the third phase of the game, where the Michigan product will likely be a factor on both kickoff and punt returns.
The Browns traded Peppers to the Giants along with a 2019 first-round pick and a 2019 third-round pick in exchange for Odell Beckham on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. It was a blockbuster trade since Beckham is one of the top wide receivers in the league, but Peppers fills a much-needed vacancy at safety for the Giants after Landon Collins agreed to a deal with the Redskins. Derrick Kindred is the favorite to fill into the starting role vacated by Peppers on the Browns defense. Peppers had a solid sophomore season in 2018, compiling 79 tackles, a sack, five pass breakups and an interception. He has two years remaining on his rookie contract.
Peppers (neck) is active Sunday against the Bengals. Peppers saw his status come into question after missing Thursday's practice due to a neck injury, but was able to return to action Friday on a limited basis. The second-year defensive back hasn't missed a game all year, and Sunday will be no different for the team's fourth-leading tackler.
Peppers (neck) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Peppers was added to the injury report as a non-participant Thursday, as his status for this weekend remains in doubt. The second-year safety did return to practice according to Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, which is an encouraging sign. Derrick Kindred and Briean Boddy-Calhoun are both likely to see increased workloads Sunday should Peppers be sidelined.
Peppers had six solo tackles, an interception and a sack in Saturday's win over the Broncos. The interception is Peppers' first of the season while the sack is the first of his career. The second-year safety has 68 tackles (47 solo) and five passes defensed through 14 games this season.
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