Defensive line coach Eric Washington knows Julius Peppers well. Washington was with Peppers when the two were with the Chicago Bears back in 2010 and Washington played a role in bringing Peppers back to Carolina in free agency this year.
“He still looks like he’s a dynamic player. The combination of his size and the ability to move – I don’t see a lot that’s changed with him. He’s aged extremely well.”
Although Peppers is 37 and playing on a one-year deal, he has said he doesn’t consider his run in Carolina as some sort of “retirement tour”.
Peppers is playing at a high level into his late 30s and is coming off a successful stint with the Green Bay Packers where he notched 18 sacks over a 2-season span.
That sort of production is what Carolina needs, after the team took a marked step back last season, not far removed from an appearance in Super Bowl 50.
The Panthers are hoping the Peppers of 7-years ago sticks around, but my guess is that they will be content with the Peppers that showed up in Green Bay
Either way, things are off to a great start in regards to the Panthers/Peppers reunion.