5. Jumping the gun on Julius
You can never have enough pass rushers, especially experienced ones that are versatile enough to play inside or outside and in various schemes.
So why does a team in win-now mode allow last season’s second-leading pass rusher (7.5 sacks) to walk when there’s a paucity of depth and experience behind the injury-prone Nick Perry and a past-his-prime Clay Matthews?
The front office recently placed a much-needed band aid on that wound by acquiring the services of former 49er Ahmad Brooks, who signed a one-year agreement at the handsome fee of $5 million.
The 33-year-old managed to show up for six snaps before sustaining a concussion in Week 1.
His absence has resulted in the disappointing Kyler Fackrell being served with more action than he deserves.
The long-limbed 6-foot-5 edge defender continues to struggle beating blockers with pure strength.
Hooper hasn’t been the only tight end to manhandle the second-year pro, who was also dominated by Brent Celek in the preseason.
Peppers, on the other hand, has been a godsend for the Carolina Panthers by playing an instrumental role in a tight 9-3 victory over Buffalo yesterday by posting 6 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 quarterback hits and 1 TFL (tackle for loss).
The former second overall draft pick may be 37 years old, but hasn’t once sat out a game in his last 10 seasons.
So, while young 2017 draft picks, such as Vince Biegel and Montravius Adams, continue to miss time, the prehistoric Peppers is still out there making plays.