New York Giants safety Jabrill Peppers would be “open” to the idea of playing offense in the midst of the Big Blue setbacks.
It’s been less than a week since the New York Giants‘ first full-team training camp practice and they’ve already experienced numerous setbacks. Wide receiver Sterling Shepard fractured his thumb (week-to-week) and receiver Corey Coleman tore his ACL (out for season). Not to mention, it doesn’t seem like receiver Golden Tate is going to win his four-game suspension appeal.
That being said, the Giants need help on the offensive side of the ball. Luckily, there’s one specific defensive player who has much experience as an offensive weapon.
Safety Jabrill Peppers was a standout two-way starter at Paramus Catholic High School in New Jersey. His efforts, including his achievements as a running back, propelled him to be named a USA Today All-American in both the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
While at the University of Michigan, Peppers was a linebacker for the Wolverines. However, he also rushed the ball 45 times for 239 yards and five touchdowns in his two full seasons at Michigan in 2015-16.
Could Peppers become an offensive weapon for the Giants in certain formations?
“I think I could do whatever I put my mind to,” Peppers told Ryan Dunleavy of nj.com.
Of course, the Giants may not feel as if they’ll need an extra weapon on that side of the ball. It’s not confirmed that they would ask Peppers to assist them in those regards either.
However, if the team were to hypothetically ask him, Peppers says he’d “be open to it.”
Peppers is slated to be one of the starting safeties for the Giants. He also could play the returner role for them as well. That being said, the team and coaching staff may need to be careful as far as the 23-year-old’s workload is concerned.