The Patriots continue to search for defensive versatility and speed on the free-agent market. They’re hosting another potential addition on Monday.
According to Field Yates, the Patriots met with free-agent safety Jabrill Peppers on Monday. The 26-year-old looks to find a new team after an ACL injury ended his 2021 season in Week 7.
Peppers is a versatile defender with speed from the safety position. He played two seasons with the Browns after Cleveland selected him in the first round in 2017. Peppers played the last three seasons with the New York Giants, two of which under former head coach Joe Judge, who is now an offensive assistant with the Patriots.
Peppers burst onto the national scene in college as a standout athlete, making plays on offense, defense, and special teams throughout his career at Michigan. During his last full season in 2020 with he Giants, Peppers tallied 91 tackles with a fumble recovery, 11 passes defended, and an interception.
The Patriots most recently brought back cornerback Malcolm Butler for a second stint in New England. It appears they may not be done adding to their secondary.
Jabrill Peppers #21 of the New York Giants catches the ball during the third quarter in the game against Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium on September 26, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Tony Pollard #20 of the Dallas Cowboys is pursued by Jabrill Peppers #21 of the New York Giants during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium on January 03, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Jabrill Peppers #21 of the New York Giants reacts after being injured during the second half in the game against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium on October 24, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Jabrill Peppers #21 of the New York Giants returns a punt as Frankie Luvu #49 of the Carolina Panthers and Sam Franklin #42 defend during the second half in the game at MetLife Stadium on October 24, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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