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Peppers at both outside linebacker positions in practice

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on May 29, 2014 – 12:43 pm

LB/DE Julius PeppersGREEN BAY–Julius Peppers worked at both the left and right outside linebackers positions in practice at Ray Nitschke Field on Thursday. Peppers, signed in free agency in March, wore No. 56 and began practice as Nick Perry’s apparent replacement at left outside linebacker.

Perry was present at practice but did not participate, nor did starting right outside linebacker Clay Matthews. Mike Neal was Matthews’ apparent replacement.

Practice was open to the public and fans enjoyed a warm and sunny day. They cheered nearly every catch, most enthusiastically a reception by rookie tight end Colt Lyerla.

Micah Hyde was at safety along with Morgan Burnett in the No. 1 defensive backfield. Bryan Bulaga, who missed all of last season due to a knee injury, lined up at right tackle and David Bakhtiari remained at left tackle. Bakhtiari replaced Bulaga at left tackle last season. JC Tretter, a fourth-round draft pick in 2013, was the center.

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41 Responses to “Peppers at both outside linebacker positions in practice”

  1. By PK on May 29, 2014 | Reply

    Perry hurt already !?

  2. By Scott Summers on May 29, 2014 | Reply

    Excitement!

  3. By RY on May 29, 2014 | Reply

    Raji looks as skinny as ever. Ready for another big year I see.

  4. By reason1265 on May 29, 2014 | Reply

    Ya thought the same thing when I saw Raji’s gut hanging down
    For a guy playing for a contract, I don’t think he gets it.

    Also I think if N Perry is injured a lot and or ineffective again this year, he will get his walking papers

  5. By Carl on May 29, 2014 | Reply

    Clay Matthews didn’t practice? I see he is in mid-season injury form already. That guy has missed more games than his father and uncle combined in their entire careers. Yes, I know today is meaningless. But it sends a signal already. He is not someone the Packers can count on when it counts, either. …. With respect to Raji, his job is to hold the line at the point of attack and eat blockers in a 3-4 defense. His gut size doesn’t bother me. At least he practiced today.

  6. By Rafael on May 29, 2014 | Reply

    Nick got injured in the parking lot, hamstring

  7. By HAMMYJohnSurgeon on May 29, 2014 | Reply

    GB’s medical staff needs to come up with a surgery to permanently remove every players hamstrings, replace it with industrial rubber or something, Did Hayward make it through 1 non padded practice without tweaking his? Miracle!

  8. By Eric on May 29, 2014 | Reply

    Take it easy on Clay Matthews. He is still being held out for his broken thumb… No new injury. We knew he was going to sit out as he had said earlier he is hopeful to be able to start in training camp.

    Nick Perry is not the starter anymore, that is why he didn’t line up with the first team. Julius Peppers took his spot.

  9. By OKGOPACK on May 29, 2014 | Reply

    So, Micah at S, and J.C. at center? Interesting….

  10. By David on May 29, 2014 | Reply

    It’s one day of OTAs, folks. I wouldn’t read too much into any of this.

  11. By veo jr on May 29, 2014 | Reply

    All I know is this is only the first day of the new season ,our defense will b leaps and bounds better than last year ,,,,,feeling anxious,,,,, go pack

  12. By Empacador on May 29, 2014 | Reply

    Why is everyone cheering Lyerla? What is so special about him. Why not Richard Rodgers or another tight end.

  13. By Laughing packers fan on May 29, 2014 | Reply

    Because Colt Lyerla is a BEAST!!!!

  14. By northerner on May 29, 2014 | Reply

    What could still be hurting with Mathews and Perry? I understand Perry is really a bust but Mathews sure ain’t the tough player he trys to project. I think he needs a haircut. Peppers at his age will out play both of these guys or at least showup.

  15. By Jeff H. on May 29, 2014 | Reply

    it is going to be interesting to see how they use Peppers this year

  16. By PF on May 29, 2014 | Reply

    Guys relax. Nothing has been established from one day of OTAs. I feel sorry for Vic, I wouldn’t be able to take everyone’s crying everyday.

  17. By Matthew Webber on May 29, 2014 | Reply

    Yeah a broken thumbs seems simple until you actually get one and realize just how much pain is involved as well as how much use of your hand you DONT HAVE. McCarthy has said clay wont be practicing in OTAs just to make sure the thumb is 100% ready.

  18. By Thompson Fried Steak on May 29, 2014 | Reply

    I use peppers in almost all of my cooking.

  19. By Dan on May 29, 2014 | Reply

    Haha shouldn’t be behind Hyde, in any situation, even OTAs. Hyde had 0 picks last year…and he was an average at best return man. Maybe developing one of our first round picks for once would be beneficial…But I’m sure perry, jones, and Sherrod will all turn out fine, even if they never see the field. Invest in the future GB.

  20. By Mitch on May 29, 2014 | Reply

    Clay isn’t the only one who sat out. He is very likely still rehabbing the thumb he broke twice last season. It wasn’t a simple break. He f***** it up good. People need to quit complaining about how much time he misses because he’s been one of the only bright spots on this defense the last couple seasons. He has 50+ sacks in the last 5 seasons and those aren’t even full seasons. Quit complaining and be thankful we have a player who pours his heart and soul on to the field every game instead of one who isn’t productive and is lazy. If he had help he wouldn’t get hurt so much because he wouldn’t have to fight off 2 or 3 blockers every play.

  21. By Mitch on May 29, 2014 | Reply

    Because Lyerla has way more athleticism than the other TE’s on the roster.

  22. By Mitch on May 29, 2014 | Reply

    Matthews severely broke his thumb twice and he needs time for it to heal. He had to get pins inserted and removed both times to keep function of his hand….you go do that and start practicing a few months later. I’m sure you’re more of a tough guy than clay.

  23. By Mitch on May 29, 2014 | Reply

    THANK YOU! Not to mention he had to get the pins to keep the function of that hand…people are idiotic sometimes.

  24. By DarwinsMyth on May 29, 2014 | Reply

    Clay Matthews is a team player and when he plays, he plays all out, so I’m not worried about him. Matthews thought about the team last year, when Rodgers went down, and Matthews came back too early with his thumb injury, and reinjured it. Keeping Matthews out is the right thing to do… even if he needs till preseason, or game 1 of the regular season, for his thumb to be 100% healed up.

  25. By axespray on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    Spoiled Packer Fans Overreacting to first day of OTAs?
    Color me shocked.

  26. By northerner on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    Maybe Larry McCarren could play linebacker he still has a disfigured finger from his playing days. That man is tough. Forget about how great the player is when he is out of the game for 4 – 6 weeks every season and misses playoff games. Give me a break. After watching the so called workout of Sam Shields I not surprised that more players are not sitting out a couple of months during the course of the season. And for all of you that don’t like sympathetic comments stop reading and posting. After all isn’t this America?????

  27. By Jeff H. on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    Its going to be funny as heck when Peppers sacks Cutler

  28. By immafubared on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    Come on now people, Perry doesn’t get hurt until the first pre season game, we all know that.
    All I know is the team did a lot, lot, lot of posturing at three positions we drafted highly: Perry, Datone Jones, and Worthy. You don’t reload after two years unless you know something.
    I refer to Perry, Jones and Worthy as the ‘three buskateers’.

  29. By tom on May 31, 2014 | Reply

    You spoiled fans make me laugh!!!

  30. By J.Jones on Jun 1, 2014 | Reply

    Well I’m not sure if you’re expecting a slim nose tackle or what but please name me one without a gut. Did you say the same about Gilbert Brown?

  31. By J.Jones on Jun 1, 2014 | Reply

    Well said.

  32. By J.Jones on Jun 1, 2014 | Reply

    The intent was to have Tretter play center as EDS’s replacement. Where did you hear he’d play a different position?

  33. By J.Jones on Jun 1, 2014 | Reply

    Move from under your rock and watch some film on Lyerla.

  34. By J.Jones on Jun 1, 2014 | Reply

    It’s called earning your position. If given too early, he can become complacent. Maybe they should fire Mcarth/Capers and hire you?!

  35. By Attorney of the ©HRl$T child on Jun 1, 2014 | Reply

    The Chinese are invading the moon tomorrow and still you guys complain. We WILL have to FIGHT them in the inner bowels of the moon’s internal labyrinth. I pray to the greatest space gods we will defeat them.

  36. By Wolfetyheoneandonly on Jun 1, 2014 | Reply

    Some of you guys really have no clue ! Clay’s injury last year required surgery, with pin(s) placement. The means the break was in a place that does not heal well on its own. That goes for you, me, or anyone else that gets a fracture in that spot. Remember he came back last year ? Remember what happened when the club came off his hand ? Do you guys want that to happen again, just so you have something else to complain about ? I know how about we go borrow Bubba’s mig welder and put a quick spot weld on Clay’s fracture, that’ll hold it together. Sheesh some people have no idea how long it takes for some things to heal properly. The packers will be fine, don’t panic yet.

  37. By DarwinsMyth on Jun 1, 2014 | Reply

    Get over to http://top100.nfl.com and vote for all the Packers players, as many times as you want to. The Packers have 6 players to vote for… A. Rodgers, R. Cobb, C. Matthews, J. Nelson, E. Lacy, and J. Peppers. The Seahawks seems to have a lot of fans voting up their players, so, we need to show our support for the Packers.

  38. By WCPackfan on Jun 1, 2014 | Reply

    If you’re referring to the top 100 list that’s been showing on NFL Network, it’s not for the fans to vote on. The players voted for that list. Now if there’s another list for the fans to vote I apologize. I guess I haven’t seen or heard about that one

  39. By WCPackfan on Jun 1, 2014 | Reply

    Once again a bunch of meaningless garbage gets posted on here. Hey Attorney!!! Do the rest of us a favor and go sue yourself!! If you need a reason go read your post and ask yourself what it has to do with football period. Much less the Packers.

  40. By Kris on Jun 3, 2014 | Reply

    Fragile Perry hurt again huh?? Not surprising. Bradford is primed to take his job anyway.

  41. By filmstudy on Jun 5, 2014 | Reply

    Can all Pack Fans realize that Clay @ Nick Perry know the defense. So during OTA’S players learning or potentialy earning a spot can get reps with #1’s For example Julius Peppers can get used to standing up at the line insted of 3 point stance.

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