If you were to ask fans of the Chicago Bears what they thought of Julius Peppers, the first words you'd probably hear would be "washed up."
However, the Packers are finding out that's far from true as they get a first look at him in OTAs. Peppers has been nothing short of impressive, even in such a non-intense practice situation.
In fact, fellow linebacker A.J. Hawk was so impressed by him that he said this, via Darin Gantt at Pro Football Talk:
He’s 34 and runs like he’s 18. If ever there was a genetic freak put on this planet, it is Julius. He’s just a specimen. I have a ton of respect for how he works, too. What a great teammate just from Day 1. He’s a quiet guy that already knows what he is doing, so it is fun to be around a guy like him.
If Peppers really is the "genetic freak" that Hawk calls him, the Packers could really have something special brewing on the defensive side of the ball. Combining Peppers and Clay Matthews to rush the quarterback would be a terrifying thought for any offensive coordinator.