Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Mike Daniels says Julius Peppers is still a “freak of nature.”
“Charles Woodson played pretty well at 34,” Daniels Daniels told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Julius Peppers is by every means of the word a ‘freak of nature.’ I don’t think age is going to affect him too much. And he’s got some pretty good players lined up with him. Our front seven is very good. When you add the element of Julius Peppers to that. The sky’s the limit in my opinion.”
The 34-year-old Peppers signed a three-year deal worth $30 million with the Packers this offseason.
“When you’ve got Peppers, it’s hard to ignore him,” Daniels said. “I don’t know if you’ve had the opportunity to see him, to get on the field after a game or something. Oh my God. Wait until you see him in person when he comes in the locker room. It might scare you.
“That’s a big man. I can’t wait to get on the field with him. I can’t wait to learn from him professionally. He’s got it done. He knows what it takes. He’s done it the right way. I can’t wait to get working with him”
Daniels, who had 6.5 sacks and 31 pressures last season, believes Peppers will be a huge presence in the locker room.
“I think he’s going to bring a whole other element to our locker room,” Daniels said. “He’s proven. He’s a guy who does things right, obviously, with all the success he’s had. I think he’s going to be great for a lot of the younger guys — Nick, Josh, Datone, myself, Jerel. He’s really someone for us to learn from. You look at Mike Neal and Clay, he’s got some years on them, too. I think he’s got a lot to bring to the team in terms of that.
“He’s a heck of a presence. He gets the job done on the field and to be able to line up next to Julius is going to be a sight.”
Peppers played the past four seasons in Chicago with the Bears after being selected by the Carolina Panthers in the first round of the 2002 draft.
Peppers is ranked second in the league since his start in 2002 with 118.5 career sacks.