Lattimore missed the 2014 season and more than half the 2015 season with hamstring troubles. He said he tore the left hamstring in ’14 and injured the right hamstring in ’15. He said that in meeting with teams at the combine, those injuries were the biggest topics of conversation with personnel evaluators, even before they covered on-field matters.
“That’s the first thing they asked me: How are my hamstrings,” Lattimore said. “[I] tell them about my hamstring situation, but I’m 100 percent fine right now.”
Lattimore said he added yoga to his preseason regimen this past year and believed it helped him get through the 2016 season.
And, oh, he can be a full-time returner as well.
Peppers certainly did his part to add to the conversation Sunday when the linebackers went through their on-field workout at Lucas Oil Stadium. At 5-foot-10 7/8, 213 pounds, he blistered through his 40-yard dash attempts in 4.46 and 4.47 seconds to go with 35 ?-inch vertical leap and a 10-8 broad jump.
All of those were at, or near, the top performances in the position group. Peppers was put in the linebackers group Sunday because that was his listed position when the combine official sent out invitations, but he said Saturday he plans to take part in the defensive backs drills on Monday — the final day of workouts at the combine.
Peppers won the Paul Hornung Award this past season as the nation’s most versatile player. He scored touchdowns rushing and on a punt return this season as well as scoring on a 2-point play on a fumble return.
“I’m pretty much effective wherever I’m gonna be put. I don’t have a lot of tape at safety, but I’m a pretty damn good safety. I think a lot of teams notice that. They have the tape. They asked me for tapes of me playing corner, me playing some safety, but ultimately I hope a lot of questions are answered after this weekend.”