Adkins: The Scoop On Peek
When the Browns announced that OLB Antwan Peek would be sidelined due to a knee injury, the worst was immediately thought by the masses. Peek, signed as a free agent by the Browns prior to the 2007, season is being counted on to provide stability and a pass rush opposite Kamerion Wimbley. Coming off a disappointing 2007 season personally, Peek is looking for a change of fortune in the 2008 season.
"I worked hard here and in Houston where I train to get in the best shape I could for this season. Coming into camp, I felt good and ready," Antwan Peek said. "The surgery was minor and I am glad if it were to happen, it happened now rather than a week into the season, like in 2007 (tore meniscus - played the season with the injury)."
"It (knee) feels better already," Peek said just a short time following the procedure.
Coming into camp at approximately 257-pounds and leaner than a season ago, Peek was one of many players within the roster that thinks the additions of Corey Williams and Shaun Rogers will make a positive impact on this defense. The experienced and high-caliber defensive linemen surely could help a Cleveland team that was significantly better in the second-half of the 2007 season.
Throughout the OTA's and right into mini-camp, Peek has been a standout at the LOLB position. Healthy and hungry, the Cincinnati, Ohio native has his sights set on 2008 as being a special season for the Cleveland Browns and the fans.
"Everything has been going good, really good. We (the defense) are playing together and understanding our role, our job in the system. This is what it is about, winning, we are playing as a team, " Peek said.
Despite his off-season training and strong practice work, Peek is second on the depth-chart at LOLB, behind veteran Willie McGinest. Entering his second season with the Browns, Peek is expected to play a significant role, though being the backup.
"Hey, there is no one better to play with and learn from than Willie. He has played this game a long time, he is an All-Pro, has the Super Bowl rings and still can get it on. Willie is a player, a very good player, "Peek said. "He is going to have a great year, we are going to do our thing together. Right now it's his time, he has earned that and I respect that, as well as him as a player and person. There is plenty he has taught me since I got here."
With Peek undergoing knee surgery early on Thursday, the LOLB spot is thinner on the depth-chart, but the opportunity looms for a couple players to gain additional practice time with the first and second units.
Shantee Orr, David McMillan and rookie Alex Hall figure to get a chance to compete in Peek's absence, with Orr potentially seeing significant snaps due to his experience, quickness and ability to make plays in the 3-4 defense while a member of the Houston Texans.
As for Antwan Peek and his rehab? "I will be ready for Dallas, make no mistake about it."
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