Jabrill Peppers, SS, PR
Jabrill Peppers stock took a hit because he was ineffective at safety, and in the punt return game.
First, the defensive issues. He registered no stats!
Not good since he’s playing strong safety and it would’ve been nice for him to lay a hit on Marshawn Lynch. After all, we all wanted Peppers to play closer to the line when Gregg Williams had him in the “Halo” spot last year, 30 yards off the ball.
You may also find it disturbing that Peppers, a first-round pick a year ago, was on the field for just 37 percent of Browns’ 92 defensive plays. What. The. Heck.
He’s rotating with Derek Kindred, who played more snaps than the Michigan product.
As a returner, Peppers has nothing memorable other than call a fair catch with 15 yards of room in front of him during the Week 1 tie to the Steelers.
On his six punt returns this year, Peppers is averaging 4.3 yards per return.
It’s like we’re back to the days of Jim Leonard, where all that’s asked of the punt returner is not to drop the ball.
It’s frustrating, because this league’s for the best of the best. Good teams use special teams to create advantages in field positions.
The Browns basically give up every play.