A new team, a new position. Ex-Chicago Bear Julius Peppers is making the transition from defensive end to outside linebacker here in Green Bay. The overall consensus is, if there's anyone with the athletic ability to make the move, it would be Peppers.
"A genetic freak."--A.J. Hawk
"Very natural."--Mike McCarthy
"Freakish athlete."--Datone Jones
"I'm excited to get fully adjusted to the scheme," Peppers said. "I feel like i can add whatever they want me to add."
"He's not really a big talker," said B.J. Raji. "So I think his actions allow people to kind of watch, and not always hear him talking."
"Tackles know what he possesses," added Clay Matthews, "as well as offensive coordinators. So I think it's just going to present new elements to this defense that we've been looking for. I'm excited, I know he is."
"Like a really dominant player on the other side, I really haven't had that, ever. So, I'm excited to get out there with him and see what we can do," Peppers said, on teaming with Matthews.
Also drawing a big crowd here at OTA's on Thursday was rookie free agent Colt Lyerla. The tight end out of Oregon is hoping this will be the last time he has to talk about his past transgressions and focus entirely on football.
I think I've spent the last 6-7 months doing some hard thinking," said Lyerla. "Making changes. Doing the right things. And I feel like me being here today shows that I am moving in the right direction."
"Everybody is excited about helping a young man that's been through what he's been through. Everything else will take care of itself professionally," said coach Mike McCarthy.
Talking with Lyerla, he seemed very humble, yet appreciative of the chance the packers have given him realizing this may be his last shot to play organized football.
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