Inside The Bills

Peppers in the freak category

Posted by Chris Brown on November 4, 2010 – 8:01 am

New Titans receiver Randy Moss might be the original freak, but Bears DE Julius Peppers fits in that category as well according to one of his former Carolina Panthers teammates.

Bills center Geoff Hangartner, who played with Peppers for four seasons in Carolina, said Peppers’ physical ability is elite.

“The guy is a freak, I’ve see him chase guys down field,” said Hangartner. “We were together for four years so I’ve seen him do some pretty amazing things. We were at training camp one day and we were going to weigh in, you’d have to weigh in and out every practice. He gets on the scale in front of me, he weighs 305 and I weighed 303. It’s almost not fair.”

Peppers does not have his typical sack numbers, but he is getting pressure on opposing passers which has led to hurried and errant throws leading to nine interceptions and 12 forced fumbles. Bills head coach Chan Gailey explains why Peppers doesn’t have his the sack stats expected of him to this point and added that they’ll be taking a similar approach to some of Chicago’s prior opponents.

“The reason he hasn’t had sack numbers is because everybody’s double-teaming him and chipping him and turning the line that way,” said Gailey. “That’s why he hasn’t had [the sack numbers]. He is an amazing football player – a great, great talent. We’re going to do that same thing by the way.”

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