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Change Energizes Peppers

Julius Peppers is a rare breed as an old dog who relishes the idea of learning some new tricks. Peppers might be one of the top defenders of the generation, but there is no sense of entitlement for the hard-working veteran.

Julius Peppers has heard the chatter. He’s coming off a bad season. He’s too old. Past his prime. It’s funny — when did 7.0 sacks become a bad season? “Exactly,” Peppers said with a knowing smile. The Green Bay Packers would love that kind of productivity — or lack of productivity — from their high-profile free-agent addition. In Dom Capers’ first five seasons as defensive coordinator, Clay...

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