Packers head coach Mike McCarthy confirmed on Tuesday that new free-agent signee Julius Peppers will work with the linebackers this season in an interview from the NFL Owners Meetings in Orlando, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Among the topics: Julius Peppers will be grouped with the LBs in-season but will serve a hybrid role MM calls "elephant." Perry, Neal also
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What this means, for one, is that Peppers will largely be working with linebacker coach Winston Moss. Conversely, it also means he won't be working closely with defensive line coach Mike Trgovac, despite the connection between the two from their former days with the Carolina Panthers.
Peppers, as could have been expected, will be utilized mainly as an edge rusher and at 34 years old, won't be playing the 800-plus snaps he did last season with the Chicago Bears, per ESPNWisconsin.com reporter Jason Wilde.
One of the more interesting developments will be to watch is how much Peppers plays in a two-point stance as opposed to having his hand in the dirt as he has for much of his career.
It stands to reason that Peppers won't be asked to drop into coverage very often and may be rushing from a three-points stance more often than Packers outside linebackers have ever done in the past under defensive coordinator Dom Capers.
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