6. Expect more from Jabrill Peppers
Peppers had a very difficult rookie year, as he played out of position for all but one game. He did not have the coverage ability to play deep safety, or “Angel” as it is called in Gregg Williams’ defensive scheme.
Peppers was the only player on the roster capable of playing deep, according to Williams.
This season, Peppers will be playing closer to the line of scrimmage as a strong safety, and fans should expect to see him perform closer to how he did in college and in the final game of the year against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Peppers is at his best when he can play as an extra linebacker, helping in run support, blitzing, and covering backs and receivers in the slot.
Peppers’ move to SS will push Derrick Kindred to the bench. Kindred was an elite run stopper last season, although he struggled in coverage. He will be a useful player to have in short-yardage situations, and could also be an attractive trade piece to other teams.