For the first time since signing a one-year deal with the Patriots, defensive back Jabrill Peppers met with the media to discuss his potential in Foxboro.
With offenses around the AFC speeding up, the Patriots needed to add speed to a defense that lacked such attributes late last season. Peppers trusts his own abilities to run with skill players despite returning from a torn ACL.
“Whatever the coaches need me to do,” Peppers said. “I like to think I’m pretty fast myself (laughs). But you know, whatever they need me to do. We have a lot of guys in that room that can do a lot of different things, they can play well in space, great athletes. So, we’re going to leave that up to the coaches to figure out the best thing to do schematically. The only thing we can do is control the controllable, work hard, make sure we got our bodies ready to go, make sure we’re ready to compete, know what we have to do to a T and go out there and execute.”
The former versatile playmaker during his college days at Michigan still offers youth and speed as the 26-year-old comes to New England. After time with the Browns and Giants, Peppers looks to return from injury to make an immediate impact with his speed in the New England secondary.
“I still think that my best ball is ahead of me,” Peppers said. “But, I think I’ll fit in pretty well with how the guys work here, the mindset, how they play. So I’m definitely not worried about that.”
Playing for Joe Judge in New York eased Peppers's adjustment to playing for Bill Belichick in New England. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
DENVER, COLORADO - DECEMBER 15: Jabrill Peppers #22 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates after sacking quarterback Case Keenum #4 on the Denver Broncos on fourth down in the final seconds of the fourth quarter at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on December 15, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 22: Jabrill Peppers #5 of the Michigan Wolverines prepares for a snap while playing the Illinois Fighting Illini on October 22, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)