While a member of the Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears, Julius Peppers had always been listed exclusively as a defensive end.
But now for the first time in his career, the new Green Bay Packers free agent signee has officially been listed as a linebacker on the team's official website. Peppers' position is described as "LB/DE" on the Packers' roster, which coincides with him being given No. 56 on Monday, traditionally a linebacker number.
Back during the NFL Owners Meeting in March, Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy talked about how Julius Peppers would be practicing with the linebackers group and described how he would be filling an "elephant" role with the team.
Peppers is 6' 7" and 287 lbs. and figures to be utilized in muliple ways, including from both a three-point and two-point stance as a pass rusher coming off the edge.
At 6'3" and 285 lbs. Mike Neal is also listed as being "DE/LB," and would also seem to fit the pumped-up hybrid Elephant role.
For what it's worth, Nick Perry—a defensive end in college at USC—is listed as strictly a "LB" on the team's roster.
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