It doesn’t seem like the New York Giants are quite desperate enough to start playing defensive players on offense just yet, but if the team does want to head in that direction, it looks like they have one player that already has experience doing such and would be perfectly willing to jump into the offense. That’s, of course, one of the newest additions to the team, Jabrill Peppers.
Peppers was acquired from the Browns in the trade sending Odell Beckham Jr. there, and was a multi position player in high school as well as one that the Michigan Wolverines experimented with moving around. Peppers had much hype coming into college related to his ability to play on both sides of the ball but it was largely something that was downplayed over time as Peppers ended up settling into the safety spot, where he carved out a starting spot with the Browns and where it looks like he’ll play with the Giants.
Still, that doesn’t mean Peppers has forgotten his former skillset. “I think I could do whatever I put my mind to,” he said to NJ Advance Media about the subject of playing on offense as a two way player. “Guys might not have gotten chance, and guys might not want to because now it’s about making your career last as long as possible so you reap the fruits of your labor.”
“I definitely think there are guys that can do it. But will they do it? Will they want to do it? Will the team make them do it? Especially if they are key guys. It’s all up in the air. It depends on a lot — the type of system and type of franchise,” Peppers added.
The Giants would have to be rather desperate to play a safety on offense but that doesn’t seem like an option that’s completely out of the question still, mainly because of the team’s numerous problems so far at the wide receiver position. With Sterling Shepard potentially coming into week one close off a fractured thumb, Corey Coleman out with a torn ACL, and Golden Tate staring down a four game suspension for a substance violation, the team could use some more options.
Will Peppers be one of those options? We’ll see. The Giants are, after all, almost to the point where making desperate moves like that may be the reasonable option.