New York Giants defensive back Jabrill Peppers had an absolutely hilarious response to his team winning the coin toss to start overtime Sunday.
The Giants and New Orleans Saints found themselves locked in a 21-21 tie at the end of regulation, and Peppers represented New York on the field for the overtime coin toss. Peppers correctly called heads, and promptly went nuts. Even funnier, one of the referee microphones picked up his incredible response: “We want the ball. F— ’em.”
Here’s the fantastic video, though the language is obviously NSFW.
The NFL has relaxed its rules about jersey numbers corresponding to positions, which has many players thinking about making a switch. Jabrill Peppers was thinking of making a switch, but there is one problem.
Peppers, a safety, has worn No. 21 the last two seasons with the New York Giants. He would like to wear No. 5, but kicker Graham Gano has the number.
Peppers said Wednesday that Gano’s price for the number is too high.
Jabrill Peppers says Graham Gano's price for No. 5 is "way too high."
New York Giants safety Jabrill Peppers is apologizing for his role in the play that injured Washington quarterback Kyle Allen on Sunday.
Allen suffered an ankle injury in Sunday’s game after Peppers was blocked into him, and the injury did not look pretty. Peppers said after the game that he had apologized to Allen for what led to the injury.
“I apologized to him. I definitely didn’t mean for that to happen,” Peppers said, via Sam Fortier of the Washington Post. “Didn’t intentionally try to leg-whip him, or whatever the penalty was. I was just trying to play hard and get him on the ground.”
Peppers was penalized on the play for roughing the passer. The leg whip could also get him fined by the league.
The New York Giants played the New England Patriots surprisingly close for much of Thursday night’s game, and that was almost exclusively due to their solid performance on defense. They still made plenty of mistakes, however, and Jabrill Peppers was responsible for one of the biggest. To his credit, the star defensive back is not hiding from that.
When the game was tied 14-14 in the second quarter, Peppers missed a key tackle on 3rd-and-6 that would have likely resulted in the Patriots having to punt with more than two minutes remaining in the half. Instead, they strung together a few more plays and scored a touchdown to go up 21-14 at the break.
Peppers was ripped on Twitter for the mistake, and he owned up to it in a funny tweet after the 35-14 loss.
Smh you’re absolutely right, cost us 7 pts. Can’t happen.. even though I think he dipped his uniform in something slippery https://t.co/pvAQmRMgmW
James White was the one who managed to slip out of Peppers’ grasp, and the veteran running back has made a career of doing that to defenders. Still, those types of plays are particularly game-changing when you’re going against a far superior opponent.
The Giants had Tom Brady frazzled for much of the night and were able to stay in the game with an interception and a fumble return for a touchdown. Peppers expressed confidence in New York’s defense improving when he spoke with reporters after the game, but he alluded to his crucial mistake.
“We made a lot of plays on the ball. We just have to limit the big plays, missed tackles,” the former first-round pick said. “I think you guys will start to see a defense that the Giants are accustomed to.”
The final score made the game look like a blowout, but there were some encouraging things for the Giants. Had they not been going against a defense that is allowing an astonishing 8.0 points per game and can’t even find use for a Pro Bowl defensive end, they may have actually had a shot.
The 2019 offseason has seen no shortage of major trades, big names on the move, and players full of potential landing in new locations. Some of the fits appear obvious, while others may make you scratch your head. But which moves will turn out to be the best? Which players will thrive in their new locations? Let’s take a look.
10. Earl Thomas, Baltimore Ravens
As talent began to depart in Seattle, Earl Thomas saw his production and playing time decrease — the latter the result of injuries over the previous three seasons. A fresh start in Baltimore may prove revitalizing for Thomas, who will bring to the Ravens the same sort of playing style the team lost when Ed Reed walked following the 2012 season. Needless to say, it’s been a long drought for the once defensively superior Ravens, but that comes to an end in 2019 — at least at the safety position. Thomas provides the exact style of play Baltimore has been in search of, while his veteran experience and leadership in the locker-room can not possibly be overstated.
9. Jabrill Peppers, New York Giants
Jabrill Peppers entered the NFL essentially position-less and unsuccessfully tried to take over the free safety role during his rookie campaign. The growing pains were obvious, but more than the first-year transition, Peppers simply wasn’t cut out to take on big-time receiving threats in coverage. In 2018, Peppers took a dramatic leap forward playing strong safety and playing closer to the line of scrimmage. In New York, taking over for Landon Collins, that is precisely the role Peppers will assume, allowing him to develop his strength without having to concern himself with playing free safety.
8. Joe Flacco, Denver Broncos
The pressure had begun mounting for Joe Flacco in Baltimore years ago, so his benching a season ago came as little surprise. However, contrary to popular belief, Flacco was actually performing at a solid clip early on, ranking 16th overall in DVOA just behind Jameis Winston, Baker Mayfield and Aaron Rodgers. In Denver, Flacco will takes the reigns with far less pressure while also providing the Broncos’ offense with the one thing they’ve been lacking: a quarterback capable of throwing the deep ball. Expect Flacco to produce at or above his career averages, especially if John Elway & Co. cut him loose.
7. Michael Bennett, New England Patriots
Michael Bennett has already established himself as a quality defensive lineman capable of playing both inside and outside, but even after an arguable career year in 2018, he’s poised to get even better as a member of the Patriots. His off-field controversies and locker-room presence aside, Bennett is the exact type of player Bill Belichick tends to get the most out of. As for those potential locker-room issues, they won’t fly in Foxborough. The Patriots have a way of nipping that stuff in the bud and keeping players completely focused on the game of football. Expect big things from Bennett in 2019, which may be frustrating to hear for those who are sick and tired of New England.
6. Nick Foles, Jacksonville Jaguars
It’s been a wild and rewarding ride for Nick Foles in recent years, and he has the Eagles to thank not only for that, but also for doing the right thing and letting him walk into free agency unimpeded. Now Foles finds himself in Jacksonville as the face of their franchise. There’s no one looking over his shoulder, his job is secure, and he knows what to expect going into work each day. All of that will culminate in Foles finally reaching his ceiling, which was witnessed in a glimpse during the team’s improbable Super Bowl run just two seasons ago. So long as the Jaguars can shore up their offensive line, Foles may rapidly develop into one of the best quarterbacks in the game.
5. Trey Flowers, Detroit Lions
Trey Flowers had a level of success with the New England Patriots, but was capped by their system and style of play. That’s not a bad thing. For some, like the aforementioned Michael Bennett, it will work out. But for Flowers, he needs a little more defensive freedom, which he will find in spades in Detroit. Additionally, the Lions have suddenly begun to churn out pass rushers with remarkably frequency — Devon Kennard, Romeo Okwara and Jarrad Davis come to mind. Flowers, of course, is more of a pure pass rusher who will excel in those situations, wracking up the sacks at a faster clip than his new teammates. Expect double-digit sacks in 2019 and beyond.
4. Landon Collins, Washington Redskins
It was only a few seasons ago that Landon Collins was in the running for Defensive Player of the Year. Since then, Collins’ production has steadily declined and the “box safety” label that plagued him coming out of college has returned. Part of that is due to repeated defensive coordinator changes, a lack of talent alongside him, and being forced to play out of position due to injuries. Whatever role Collins has in Washington will be defined, which immediately puts him ahead of the curve. So long as they pair him with a quality ball-hawking safety, Collins will be able to return to the player who was one considered on the level of elite defenders.
3. Le’Veon Bell, New York Jets
After sitting out an entire year, Le’Veon Bell will return to the field as a member of the upstart New York Jets, who are suddenly feeling quite good about themselves. Not only will Bell be running with a chip on his shoulder, but he’ll do so behind a quality offensive line and ascending young quarterback. And that is precisely where Bell will bring the greatest value. Although he’ll likely gain upwards of 2,000 yards from scrimmage, providing Sam Darnold a trusted outlet will go a long way is helping to build his confidence. It will also boost Darnold’s numbers and create opportunities for other playmakers to step up as Bell draws the vast majority of defensive attention.
2. Antonio Brown, Oakland Raiders
It was clear to anyone with a pulse that Antonio Brown had worn out his welcome in Pittsburgh and was no longer capable of coexisting with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Accordingly, he forced a trade to the Oakland Raiders where he will be able to start fresh with a new quarterback. And as the Raiders continue to retool, head coach Jon Gruden will lean heavily on his veterans and superstars, meaning Brown immediately will become the focal point of Oakland’s offense. How high he can fly as the centerpiece of a potentially talented offense is anyone’s guess, but we’re all going to find out in short order.
1. Odell Beckham Jr, Cleveland Browns
Odell Beckham Jr. is already an elite superstar, but things simply weren’t working out in New York. Fresh scenery and a new start in Cleveland could be just what he needs, not only because Beckham escapes the bright lights and gossip of The Big Apple, but also because he reunites with friends and former college teammates. Additionally, Beckham now has the added benefit of playing for a team on the rise with a young quarterback who may fit his style of play better than Eli Manning did previously. So long as he can stay healthy, Beckham should have his best season in 2019.
The NFL is reportedly investigating two off-field incidents involving New York Giants safety Jabrill Peppers.
According to Scott Noll of WEWS in Cleveland, the NFL has reached out to the Cleveland Police Department seeking information on two incidents that happened earlier this year when Peppers was a member of the Browns. A handgun belonging to Peppers was stolen from his vehicle on Jan. 29. A week later, a possible suspect in the theft was found beaten and eventually died from her injuries. A 26-year-old man was arrested in that case and charged with murder and felonious assault.
EXCLUSIVE: 5 On Your Side Investigators have confirmed the @NFL has requested information from Cleveland Police concerning two incidents earlier this year and former Browns safety Jabrill Peppers' role in them. DEVELOPING. @WEWSpic.twitter.com/1QFQZlezVM
According to WEWS, the NFL reached out to the police for information on the theft of the gun, as well as documentation indicating that Peppers is not a suspect in the homicide investigation. The Cleveland Police further clarified the report, calling it “misleading” and indicating that Peppers was not a suspect in any way.
Essentially, the NFL appears to have been made aware of these two incidents and sought to clarify that Peppers was not involved in wrong-doing either time. It does not appear that Peppers has any cause for worry here, nor do the New York Giants, who acquired Peppers in the Odell Beckham trade earlier this month.
The Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns will renew hostilities on Sunday, and it sounds like, at least from Cleveland’s perspective, there will still be an edge to the game.
Browns safety Jabrill Peppers was not happy with some of Cincinnati’s conduct during the leadup to the first meeting of the season, and he hasn’t forgotten it. According to Peppers, some Bengals taunted him and his teammates prior to the game by saying ‘Why are you talking? You play for the Browns.’
“That was probably the most disrespectful thing somebody said to us,” Peppers said, via Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com. “That’s why I think we’re going to come out here with the same type of tenacity. Because stuff like that, that sticks with you. Like these guys really, really don’t respect us as an organization and as players. So that makes you want to go out there with that extra oomph.”
The Browns have some other incentive to do well against the Bengals, and they used it to their advantage last time. Plus, they’re still mathematically in the playoff race, even if it will require multiple miracles.
NFL Week 7 featured some close games, excitement, and even a handful of meltdowns. The latter category is inevitably going to lead to some disappointments, and a lot of good teams were left wondering what was going on. There were also game-changing mistakes, including one missed kick from one of the most reliable kickers in the league.
Here are the 15 biggest disappointments of NFL Week 7.
Dallas Cowboys’ special teams
Against all odds and despite more road struggles, the Cowboys looked all set to tie their game against the Washington Redskins as time was set to expire in regulation. Down three, they lined up for a 47-yard field goal that would have sent the game to overtime, but long snapper L.P. Ladouceur was called for a snap infraction before the kick, backing kicker Brett Maher up to 52. His kick curved at the last moment and hit the upright. It may well have been good from 47. The call was controversial, but ultimately cost them a chance at the game.
Cleveland Browns rookie Jabrill Peppers says he has never used any of the drugs an ESPN radio contributor accused him of having used earlier in the week.
On Thursday, Sabrina Parr said Peppers tested positive for a diluted sample at the NFL Scouting Combine because the former Michigan star is “high all the time.” ESPN 850 in Cleveland has since parted ways with Parr, and Peppers insists she was lying.
An ESPN contributor has reportedly been fired by the network after she accused Jabrill Peppers of being “high all the time” during a radio spot this week.
Sabrina Parr, who appears on ESPN 850 in Cleveland from time to time, dropped some serious accusations during an appearance on “The Real Big Show” Wednesday morning. She insisted that Peppers tested positive for a diluted sample at the NFL Scouting Combine because he is “on the lean and the molly.”
The show’s Reddit forum spliced together some of Parr’s comments:
“The guy’s not gonna make it. He’s not gonna make it through the season. He’s another Josh Gordon,” Parr said. “I’m telling you I’ve seen it first-hand from a different vantage point. It’s the same thing all over again. How are you already high out of your mind and you’ve only been here for a week?”
For those of you who don’t know your street drugs, “the lean” is a drink that involves mixing codeine with Sprite and candy. Molly is essentially ecstasy.
Parr said later in the show that veteran Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas, who ripped the NFL for counting diluted samples as positive tests, is also on the lean. Though, it sounded like she was joking with that remark and she later tried to backpedal on Twitter.
To be clear, I never meant to imply that "JOE THOMAS" has any substance abuse issues. Joe is a pillar in the community & great role model!
It’s unclear why Peppers failed a test at the combine. Some people are inclined to think his excuse is bogus, but Parr’s accusations were irresponsible if she doesn’t have concrete evidence to support them.