New York Giants could get a breakout season from Jabrill Peppers

Jabrill Peppers, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Jabrill Peppers, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

The New York Giants have been getting criticized for their offseason moves but could probably have a breakout star in Jabrill Peppers on their hands.

The New York Giants are only a few days away from the start of training camp without much expectations from critics of the team’s offseason deals. General manager Dave Gettleman has made it a priority to change the culture of the franchise seeking to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2015.

The infamous trade that sent Pro Bowl wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns didn’t just deliver several draft picks to New York. The Giants also picked up 23-year old safety Jabrill Peppers who brings with him plenty of untapped potentials that Big Blue will need on both sides of the ball. Peppers has proven to be a force on defense with his aggressive hitting and coverage style collecting 136 tackles in two seasons with Cleveland.

The former Heisman Trophy finalist at the University of Michigan is a dual threat because of his incredible speed. His ability to make tacklers miss has made him a great option on special teams in the return game. The speed attribute mixed with route running could see Peppers lining up on offensive plays keeping the defense off balance.

Peppers is experiencing a bit of homecoming by playing with the Giants this season being an East Orange, New Jersey native. He spoke with local media over a month ago expressing his urgency to make an impact with his new team.

"“I believe that it’s always my best interest to be the best I can be no matter who is watching. You just never know,” Peppers added. “This is my chance to make another first impression, and show everyone here who they are getting.”"

"“I think I’m still growing, and I don’t think I’ve reached the ceiling, there’s a lot more room for improvement, I haven’t hit my stride yet going into my third year, and I’m only 23. I’m in a great system, so it definitely gives me a chance along with a lot of the other guys to show what we can do.”"

Peppers has said he idolizes former NFL defensive back All-Pro Charles Woodson who shared the same type of skillset. Peppers hasn’t had the best of opportunities to showcase his talent with Cleveland could see more chances to thrive with a GIants team looking for excitement on either side of the ball.

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The Giants are well aware that Beckham Jr. was a special player but could’ve possibly still hit the jackpot with another young, explosive player in his place.