Jabrill Peppers sat in on team meetings Wednesday morning as the Giants began their preparations for the upcoming game in Kansas City, one day after he was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a ruptured ACL and a high ankle sprain.
"Jabrill, he wants to be in the action," fellow safety Julian Love said. "It’s hard to get rid of him."
Not that the Giants want to, apparently.
While Peppers’ role on the defense has undoubtedly been diminished throughout this season and the Giants have other players at his position under contract for the coming years, Joe Judge said unsolicited the pending free agent is indeed part of his future vision for the organization.
"This is a guy I value a lot in this program and I’d love to have this guy going forward," Judge said.
Judge went on to explain why.
"He’s a guy who puts so much into the team, puts the team first, does everything you ask him to do to the best of his ability, brings so much juice to the field, and wears so many hats as a teammate," he said. "He’s local [from East Orange, New Jersey] and the Giants mean something to him. This guy loves football, he loves this organization, he loves this area. Those are things we talk about as cornerstones and pillars for this program."
Whether all of that translates into a new contract with the Giants will play out in the coming months. How the Giants replace him on the field will have to be solved in the coming days and weeks.
Notes & quotes: Graham Gano was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after he kicked field goals of 49, 53 and 44 yards against his former team, the Panthers, last Sunday. This was the third time in his season and a half with the Giants that Gano made three field goals longer than 40 yards in a game; it’s happened only one other time in franchise history.