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Defensive linemen do the dirty work in 3-4

If stats are your thing, then playing defensive line in a 3-4 probably isn't for you.

Originally Published: December 15, 2004
By Michael Smith | ESPN.com

No man is an island, but when you're Julius Peppers, a defensive end with the athleticism to suck up tailbacks from 70 yards away and to line up at receiver in the red zone, you want to be on one as often as possible, pursuing the quarterback from the most advantageous position.

Peppers is at his best when he's rushing from the edge, wide of the tackle or over a tight end, in what's known as the "7" technique. Peppers (6 feet, 6 inches and 290 pounds) has ideal size to play on the interior, ...

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