3 Patriots on the Naughty List (& 2 on the Nice List) This Christmas

With Christmas Day less than a week away, here's are three New England Patriots on Santa's Naughty List and another two who made the Nice List.

Head coach Bill Belichick is one of three Patriots on the Naughty List this Christmas.
Head coach Bill Belichick is one of three Patriots on the Naughty List this Christmas. / Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
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Patriots Nice List #2: Jabrill Peppers

Veteran safety Jabrill Peppers has been one of the main reasons why the Patriots' defense has been semi-respectable this season.

After starting in only five of his 17 appearances in 2022, Peppers is back to being a full-time starter this season — and he deserves it. The former 2017 25th-overall pick is having his best campaign in years, racking up 76 tackles (51 solo), seven defended passes, two interceptions, one forced fumble, and a sack in 14 appearances.

Furthermore, the former Michigan product has only yielded a 67.6% completion percentage and 74.8 passer rating on 34 targets — both his best marks since the 2020 season. Peppers also leads the Patriots with an 87.0 defensive grade on Pro Football Focus while being ranked fourth-best among 94 graded safeties.

Hopefully, Peppers' resurgence isn't a one-off performance. He's signed through the 2024 season with a $5.55 million cap hit and could be another key part of any success the Patriots see next year if he picks up from where he left off.

As a result of his lights-out work, Peppers is more than deserving of being in Santa's good graces.

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