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Peppers Addresses Leadership, Walker Signed

Peppers battles in camp 

Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers responded to owner Jerry Richardson’s challenge to become more of a team leader Monday.  Richardson addressed Peppers directly during safety Mike Minter’s retirement press conference last week.  Peppers, who speaks with the media sparingly, says Richardson’s comments were blown out of proportion and the owner didn’t mean he needed to be the team’s only leader.  Peppers also says the media in the past has gravitated toward some of his more talkative teammates who aren’t necessarily respected in the locker room.  Fellow defensive end Mike Rucker says Peppers shows leadership by his actions on the field and doesn’t need or seek attention.  Meanwhile, running back DeAngelo Williams missed a morning practice with an ankle injury, while receiver Dwayne Jarrett sat out with a hamstring injury.

Also on Monday, the team signed veteran tackle Kenyatta Walker Monday. Walker spent his first six NFL seasons with Tampa Bay but was released in the offseason.  The former first-round pick missed much of last season with a knee injury.  Walker was notable in Charlotte for a running feud with Peppers and Kris Jenkins. The 300-pounder had worked out for the Panthers last month.  The Panthers also waived defensive end Jason Hall and tight end Dan Murray.

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