Would Dumervil Be Another Peppers?

Posted by  Brady Augustine   in  ,      7 months ago     186 Views     Leave your thoughts  

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There have been rumblings and swirling rumors about Elvis Dumervil to the Packers. The exit of Julius Peppers, along with news of the surgery to Packers’ number one pick in the forth round, Vince Biegel, have accelerated the rumors. The Packers now have Clay Matthews and Nick Perry at the OLB position but after that there are a number of question marks. The Packers believe in Kyler Fackrell and Vince Biegel should be good to go, but should they bring in Dumervil? If they do, what will his role be?

1. Veteran presence

Elvis Dumervil would be a veteran presence for young linebackers like Kyler Fackrell and Vince Biegel. That value cannot be understated as the Packers lost a leader in Julius Peppers. Peppers was not dominant but was a real leader on a defense that has been one of the youngest in the league for years. Dumervil would have that kind of experience, while the last couple years have not been kind, Dumervil is three years removed from a 17 sack season. Julius Peppers, when he came to the Packers was a few years removed from an 11 sack season…everyone in Chicago thought he was finished…they were wrong.

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Dumervil would add leadership to the linebacker corps, no doubt, but is that enough?

2. Situational Rusher

Elvis Dumervil has been one of the most dominant pass rushers in the league for years. Lately his sack production has dropped off, but he only played 8 games in 2016, a big reason he only got 3 sacks. Of course, he is not going to be the same dominant player he was in his younger days…neither was Peppers, but he could be a guy that, will add a handful of sacks as a situational rusher.

3. A Complement to Matthews and Perry

Elvis Dumervil would not have to come into Green Bay and be the be-all end-all of the defense. All he would have to do is be insurance if Matthews or Perry went down and if not, he would be a great complement to the tandem. I think Dumervil would experience a renaissance in Green Bay similar to the one Julius Peppers did. If Julius hadn’t played in Green Bay, would he seriously have had the chance to go back to the Panthers this year? When it comes to aging, once-dominant vets…Dom Capers is “Dom Capable”. He knows how to use him and Mike McCarthy will manage his reps. I think Dumervil could be a nice signing.

When it comes down to brass tacks, I am really not sure the Packers are actually interested. There were rumors that the Pack was talking to LaGarret Blount, who just signed with the Eagles. Do I think signing Dumervil is necessary? No. Do I like the idea? Yes. It will be up to Ted Thompson and the Packers brass to decide if they agree. Regardless…the team can’t go wrong with a guy who’s middle name (literally) is Kool.

Go Pack!


Brady Augustine is co-owner and content creator for www.greenbaypackernation.com. He currently resides in Tennessee and also conspires with brother, JR on www.cheesnewswire.com

1 Comment

  1.   July 13, 2017, 2:28 pm

    Good read Brady, my opinion on the subject is Ty Montgomery will be a nightmare for teams trying to plan for him, If you look at the tangibles between him and the best to play for the Packers of late, Ahman Green aka Batman, they both have the same body type with two differences, One Monty is a tad faster and two he is a better threat in the passing game. Now it’s only my opinion but I think before his career is over he will be known as one of the best RB’s in the NFL, he is a smart young man who like most Stanford players are considered book/film worms, meaning they dive into the playbook and everything else available to become the best at what they do, with a full off season and training camp under his belt he could be a surprise to everyone right out of the gate.

    Jamaal Williams reminds me of Starks with his running style, he like contact like Lacy which can be good or bad depending on how you look at it, he does take risks which can lead to injuries which he is know to get, hence the reason he wasn’t drafted earlier but as a alternate back he could make the team as the #3 back.

    I said #3 because I believe Devante Mays will take over the #2 spot before camp and preseason is over, going back to similarities he is built like Lacy with out the fat and he is faster so between him and Ty I believe the Packers run game will be a nightmare for offensive coordinators this season.

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