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July 31, 2008

Peppers talks ...

Julius Peppers just made his first comments to the media since the end of last season. We'll have a full transcript of the Q&A in a few minutes, but here are the highlights for now.

Peppers said:

-- He feels stronger, faster and more powerful than in previous seasons after working out in Arizona during the offseason.

-- He has has more moves to use from the right defensive end position, where he's playing this year, than he had a left end, where he's played up to now during his NFL career.

-- Contract talks are ongoing between his agent and the Panthers. Peppers said he's pleased with the talks, but declined to provide any details. When asked if he was committed to staying with Carolina, Peppers said he was focusing on this season and not on things that he can't control.

He's entering the final year of his contract. If a deal can't get done, the Panthers could put the franchise tag on him to keep him with the team.

-- His sickness in last  year's training camp lasted only about two weeks, but did drain his strength and energy.

-- He has conducted a self-evaluation of last season and, as expected, wasn't pleased. He said he's tried to address all areas that needed improvement.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on July 31, 2008 at 05:37 PM | Permalink


lets go peppers best year we need at least 15 - 20 sacks and you need them to if you want the$$$$$$$$$$$$ go panthers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: manHORE | Jul 31, 2008 6:02:29 PM

I think (hope) dude will be awesome this year. Gross has already said that he's the best he's ever been and I don't think would just pay him lip service publicly. We definitely need him to be solid...

Posted by: JT | Jul 31, 2008 6:04:19 PM

So, how long will it take for somebody to complain about this one?

Posted by: monstercat | Jul 31, 2008 6:19:15 PM

Did Pep mention that he wanted to kick Procton's ASS.

Posted by: RT | Jul 31, 2008 6:20:40 PM

Hell, RT, I'd like to see him express a strong desire to do ANYTHING. Sacking a quarterback would be nice, but kicking my ass would be a start.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Aug 4, 2008 11:59:54 AM

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