Julian Peterson Joins a "Deadbeat Club" and Gets to "Roam If He Wants To"

Saturday, July 18, 2009

As reported this morning by Tom "Killer" Kowalski of MLive.com, the arrival of Julian Peterson gives the Lions a lot of options with the former first rounder out of Michigan State.

Football fans have a tendency to lock players into a certain position. Yet, more and more, coaches are doing more and inventive things with talented players. Troy Polamalu gets to walk up to the line of scrimmage any time he wants. Jason Taylor can play any number of positions in one game.

With the Lions, Peterson offers the same amount of versatility. If the goal on 3rd down is to provide the maximum amount of pass rush. Expect to see a defensive line bracketed by Avril and Peterson.

With coaches wanting to use Dizon as a nickle linebacker, the biggest question will be who pairs with him. Larry Foote is a tackling machine, but doesn't have the range needed in pass coverage. Ernie Sims is a talented young player but has never shown the versatility Schwartz craves. Peterson is the obvious choice but if Sims and/or Foote step up, Peterson may end up seeing even more time as a defensive end.

And they say you can't teach an old dog new tricks!