Harbaugh, Peppers like idea of Lewis as triple threat

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis answers questions at media day on Sunday.

Ann Arbor -- Jabrill Peppers, Michigan’s notable three-way player, said cornerback Jourdan Lewis, who already returns kicks, should also be dabbling in offense.

Lewis brought up that possibility during the recent Big Ten meetings in Chicago, and Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh on Sunday made it clear Lewis joins Peppers as the Wolverines’ potential three-way threats.

“There’s multiple ways he can contribute offensively,” Harbaugh said of Lewis. “We know he can (contribute) as a returner, hold-up person, gunner, kick and punt returner, he’s got those abilities and capabilities. I’m not going too far out on a limb to say he can help us offensively, as well.”

Lewis said in Chicago he wants to play receiver and said he and quarterback John O’Korn have worked on routes during 7-on-7 drills this summer.

“I love having the ball in my hands,” Lewis said. “I love being out there trying to make plays. I’m a little Antonio Brown. I can run some routes. I think I’m a pretty good route runner.”

Peppers, who played defense, offense and special teams last season, said Lewis is a natural to play offense.

“I don’t why they haven’t been letting Jourdan play both ways,” Peppers said Sunday during media day. “Jourdan is one of the craziest athletes I’ve ever seen. We definitely favor each other a lot. We just have different body types and playing styles.

“Jourdan can be just as efficient on offense as he is on defense. I’ve covered him, he’s covered me. We speak from experience when we say that. People can have trouble with Jourdan on offense, just as they do on defense.”

Harbaugh said he has some “thoughts” on a few others who could potentially play both ways. Lewis has said cornerback Channing Stribling could also play offense.

“Offense, they get all the love,” Stribling said. “Everybody sees you. You make a big play, you hear your name. Whatever the coaches ask. If they ask me to play offense, I’ll definitely play offense, no question. But right now, focusing on defense.”

Peppers likes the idea of Lewis playing on offense, if only to keep opposing defenses on their toes.

“I hope they give him a shot,” Peppers said. “It would be nice to have a fellow defensive man over there. But at the end of the day we may not need him over there. Always wrenches we can throw in there, so we like to keep the opposition guessing.”

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