Jabrill Peppers could only muster two words on his surprising demotion with Giants
When strong safety Jabrill Peppers moved to the New York Giants, he probably saw a brighter future ahead of him compared to his two-year stint with the Cleveland Browns. Fast forward to today, Peppers is having a hard time embracing his role with the Giants.
Despite being named co-captain in his third season with the team, Peppers saw reduced minutes in their opening game defeat to the Denver Broncos on Sunday. The 25-year-old only played 30 of 66 snaps as he shared playing time with Julian Love and Nate Ebner. For comparison, in his first two seasons with the Giants, Peppers played in 97 percent of snaps when he’s available.
When asked about his sorry situation, Peppers, usually a man with colorful words, could only muster two words (via New York Post).
The Giants lost to the Broncos, 27-13 as they failed to contain the aggressive drives of Teddy Bridgewater and company. Peppers felt he could’ve done more to help their defensive unit if he was given more opportunities by coach Joe Judge. But it wasn’t meant to be, at least on Week 1.
“It’s just the game plan right now. Whatever the coaches think is best for that week, that’s what it’s going to be.”
Since being picked at 27th overall by the Browns in 2015, Peppers hasn’t exactly found his niche in the NFL. The former Heisman Trophy finalist was hoping he could make a solid impact for the Giants when he was part of the Odell Beckham Jr. trade in 2019.
He will look to bounce back this Thursday as the Giants take on the Washington Football Team.