Peterson: Avril can be elite pass-rusher

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

New Lions LB Julian Peterson said he looks forward to teaching DE Cliff Avril his pass-rushing tips, Nicholas Cotsonika reports at

"I'm just letting him know he has the talent to be one of the better pass rushers in the league," Peterson said at Lions training camp. "He has a good frame -- not the biggest guy, but strong enough to hold his weight and fast enough to be like a linebacker, too.

"It's good to have him out there turning the corners, bending the corners, because most tackles are scared of speed, and he possesses a lot of it."

Avril is one of those Lions who's shown flashes that he can be more than good. It's possible he's got a major breakthrough in him. Peterson -- who's been around a little -- seems to recognize it, too.

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