The New York Giants rebuilt their defense in 2019 offseason. However, they did not touch the special teams unit. This is because the Giants’ special teams was the best its been in years in the 2018 season.
But that is not to say it was perfect. New York struggled to find a consistent return man during the first half of the season. Now, in 2019, they have an array of return specialist options to choose from.
One intriguing option happens to be the Giants’ best player on defense. The Giants traded for safety Jabrill Peppers this offseason and he looks to be the Giants’ best defender already. But he also has a chance to be their best return man.
Jabrill Peppers Stats And Highlights As A Return Specialist
Jabrill Peppers is a true Swiss Army Knife on the football field. He will be a versatile safety with the ability to play in the box and deep. But he will also have the opportunity to return kicks and punts for Big Blue.
Peppers was an excellent return man in college. He averaged 26.8 yards per return on 18 returns for 483 yards on kickoffs but 0 touchdowns in two seasons as Michigan’s kick returner. As a punt returner, Peppers averaged 13.1 yards per return on 39 returns for 510 yards and 1 touchdown.
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Jabrill Peppers did also return kicks during his two seasons with Cleveland. He was not spectacular, but he was decent. He averaged 22 yards per return on 33 returns for 726 yards. Peppers has big play ability and will be a great addition to the Giants’ special teams unit.
The Giants might not use Peppers as their primary return man in order to keep him from getting injured. Jabrill will be the Giants’ best defender so they must keep him healthy. But if other players suffer injuries, or if the Giants are in need a or a big play, Jabrill Peppers will be a viable option.