Training Camp Roster Preview: Jabrill Peppers
Jabrill Peppers is currently known as the veteran player acquired in the trade of receiver Odell Beckham Jr; as such, there will be those who will try to compare his production to that of Beckham's, and, to a lesser degree, that of Landon Collins', whose spot Peppers is expected to fill on the defense.
Such comparisons would be foolish. For one, Peppers and Beckham play two different positions, and one will never get an accurate apples-to-apples comparison in terms of production.
Secondly, defensive players can often make an impact without it necessarily showing up in the box score at the end of the day.
That's why it was good to hear Peppers, who brings a certain swag to the defense the Giants haven't really had since the days of Antrel Rolle, isn't going to let himself be drawn into comparisons with any previous Giants players.
“Even before the trade, I was saying that I have to pick up the play,” he said during the team's May minicamp. “It’s year three. You definitely gotta pick up the play to be at the level I know I need to play at, and this organization needs me to play at.
"Regardless of how I got here, I’m here, and I’m ready to play my best ball, work as hard as I can and help this organization win ball games on Sundays.”
Peppers offers the versatility to play both free and strong safety but look for the 2015 first-round draft pick to primarily fill the role previously held by Landon Collins at a much lower price.
Statistically speaking, Peppers’ production isn’t quite in the same arena as Collins’ but that’s more a result of how each man was used in the two different defenses than it is a reflection on Peppers’ abilities.
According to Pro Football Focus' snap counts, last year Peppers played in 133 snaps on the defensive line, 196 in the box, 108 as the slot corner, 47 as the wide corner, and 281 as the free safety.
While being versatile is never a bad thing, there's also something to be said for playing to a player's strengths. With the Giants, Peppers figures to see more of his snaps as a box safety with some coverage responsibilities as a pseudo linebacker (think the Deon Grant from the 2011 season).