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Peppers Looks Good In Packer Workout

GREEN BAY, WI (LEARFIELD-WSAU) Julius Peppers says he feels just fine, despite a sub-par season last year.  The Green Bay Packers' new pass rusher was a big hit yesterday, when the Pack held its first O-T-A practice.

 The 34-year-old Peppers is an eight-time Pro Bowler who was cut by Chicago for salary cap purposes.  The Packers snapped him up less than a day after that.  They signed him to a three-year deal in the wake of his lowest 2013 sack total since 2007, when he had a career-low two-and-a-half sacks with Carolina.

 Peppers said he felt fine last season -- and while circumstances surrounding the Bears affected him, he said his body feels great now.  He's being groomed as an outside linebacker opposite Clay Matthews.  Peppers, a long-time defensive end, said it's not much of a change -- except for dropping back a little.

 Inside linebacker A-J Hawk says he doesn't see anything to indicate that Peppers has lost a step.  After seeing Peppers fly around the field yesterday, Hawk said the veteran "runs like he's 18."  Since Peppers' rookie year of 2002, he's second in the N-F-L with 118-and-a-half career sacks.

 Propping up the defense is a top priority for Packers' coach Mike McCarthy.  That was after the defense sagged late last season, while quarterback Aaron Rodgers was out with a shoulder injury.