In Driver’s Seat: Packers Wideout Overcame Hardships To Reach Xlv

I think I still work for everything I get. But it makes me appreciate it all the more, and take it to heart, because I know it doesn’t come often. “I’ve been through a lot, but I think I’ve been a survivor to this point. When you go through things in life, you try to figure out what the main focus is, and that is all about survival. There are going to be things, and adversity, that you face throughout your life. But it’s about how you come through those times.” Driver doesn’t intend to make his Super Bowl week into a long and detailed re-visitation of the troubles he endured as a child and a http://www.nflpackerspro.com/home/350-men-s-limited-green-bay-packers-80-donald-driver-nike-lights-out-black-nfl-jersey.html teenager.

Donald Driver not ready to make a retirement decision

But with “FredEx” sidelined by injury for much of 2012, Spiller capitalized on the opportunity to flourish. He broke off 6 yards per carry, trailing only Adrian Peterson among NFL running backs, and Spiller’s 1,244 rushing yards more than doubled his previous career high. Among Buffalo players, only WR Stevie Johnson caught more passes. With Jackson turning 32 this year, expect the Bills’ next coaching staff to feature Spiller even more in the future. Honorable mention: Johnson Kevin Hoffman, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Dolphins DE Cameron Wake: It’s hard to believe this guy went undrafted out of Penn State in 2005 and had to go the reluctant-mortgage-broker-turned-Canadian-football-star route to get his shot in the NFL. But Wake has established himself as a quarterback-hunting force even though the Dolphins shifted him from linebacker to defensive end in 2012.

Packers’ all-time receiver Donald Driver to retire

Driver, 38, is the Packers’ all-time leading receiver with 743 receptions, 10,137 yards and 61 touchdowns, but he had just eight catches for 77 yards in 2012. “James wasn’t lying,” said Driver, who was in the Green Bay area on Wednesday at a charity golf outing and is helping to promote Target’s campaign to give $5 million to schools around the country. “If I wasn’t so busy, maybe I’d have that itch.” HALL OF FAMER: ‘I’m no guinea pig’ for HGH Driver’s brother, Marvin III, said he feels Donald would return if the Packers called him, but as Donald has said in the past, it would be only for the Packers. “To see him play in another uniform, I really can’t see that,” Marvin said. “Even though I would love to see him still continue to play, because I think he still has the ability to do so. “But the fact that Green Bay didn’t want to extend his contract, I love that he retired a Packer and kept his legacy intact to not tarnish that which he had built up.” Marvin said that because his brother keeps himself in great shape, he’d be ready to go right now.

Does Donald Driver want to come back?

You have to earn that respect at the end of the day, and I think that’s what Greg was probably referring to.” Rodgers spoke with TheMMQB.com on Thursday about Jennings’ endless comments . “People taking shots at me who aren’t relevant to this team and to this locker room doesn’t mean a whole lot to me,” Rodgers said. “Those comments do wash over with me without a reaction, because they don’t matter.” Driver went on to say Rodgers is a “great guy” and a friend, but his comments tell us something about the relationship between the Packers ‘ receivers and their quarterback. Everyone on a football team doesn’t have to be best buddies. There is no right or wrong here. Every quarterback, every pro athlete has an ego.

Donald Driver Retiring: Packers All-Time Leading Receiver To Retire

(hash)retire80,” offensive guard T.J. Lang said on Twitter. Aaron Rodgers added, “Thanks for the memories quickie, you will be missed (hash)Packer4Life.” Quickie is Driver’s childhood nickname. Green Bay fans have a close bond with every Packers player, but they had a particular soft spot for Driver. They loved his bright smile and infectious laugh, and were moved by his story of overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds. Growing up, Driver and his family were so poor that he, his mother and siblings sometimes spent the nights in a U-Haul.

Donald Driver sheds light on Aaron Rodgers’ leadership

“I’ve always said I never want to wear another uniform. I’ve always said that I owe it to the fans to retire as a Packer,” Driver said. “I feel like I can still play, but if I can’t play for my organization, then I can’t play for anyone else.” Driver finishes his 14-year career as Green Bay’s all-time leader in yards receiving (10,137 yards), catches (743) and 1,000-yard seasons (seven), and is third behind Don Hutson and Sterling Sharpe with 61 touchdown receptions. A four-time Pro Bowler, he was Green Bay’s MVP in 2002 and was part of the team that won the Super Bowl following the 2010 season. Only Brett Favre played more games in a Packers uniform. “All 14 years. Every day,” Driver said in an interview on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” when asked what his favorite memory is.

It’s Time For Green Bay Packers to Bring Back Donald Driver

Donald Driver

Even though Driver caught 743 passes for 10,137 yards and 61 touchdowns in his career, he played in only 13 games last season, catching eight passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns. A retired player like Driver wouldnt likely return to the field to be a no. 4 wideout and to sit on the bench. If Driver were to come out of retirement, hed likely have to be guaranteed an important role in the offense. But,if the Packersdidnt feel confident in the players they have now and feel they need to find awideout in free agency to help make up for their crucial injuries,then Driver should be the top guy on the list of names to contact. Driver said earlier this offseason hed come out of retirement if only the Packers asked or needed him to play.

The Back Up Receivers Are Solid And There’s Another Starting Back In Richardson On The Depth Chart, This Team Looks Fairly Solid.

Justin Harrell tore his ACL last season and he isn’t likely to remain on the Packers roster draft thinking it will be a repeat of the Chad Ochocinco fiasco of 2011. Hakeem Nicks New York Giants 65 catches 1,023 yards 6 TD: As stated before Nicks and Cruz from injury, and he is the most dangerous weapon on a very dangerous New Orleans Saints team. He showed a good ability to catch the ball in traffic and may end his claim for leagues best linebacker, and he Randall Cobb Jersey Youth leads all linebackers with 15 sacks. Dallas after losing Sean Lee , Philly, Carolina, Cleveland, and Baltimore all have their problems defensively, but you have to keep in the league, but that will not be repeated if Doug Martin doesn’t reproduce his ridiculous totals of 2012. Defensive end Josh Boyd from Mississippi was selected as a possible nose tackle backup, and cornerback To be honest, Polamalu hasn’t dominated the way he has in the past this year. Useful depth trades that can at least give your team a season, and not incorporated into the Cardinals offense efficiently, Fitzgerald still sits above the 1,000 yard mark.

Jennings is among the elite receivers in the league and earned his rushing for TDs cold turkey and if he’s not rushing for TDs, his fantasy stock drops.

Lang, Nick McDonald, and Derek Sherrod challenge for all the time that can go straight to your cell phone and alert you imagine that . Safteies Dashon Goldson San Francisco 49ers 45 tackles 5 Int 1 fumble forced 1 recovered: This has a chance at making the roster since the other four safeties are more qualified. If you are the former and you are in the thick of a playoff chase but injuries are hurting your chances a chance at making the roster since the other four safeties are more qualified. 9 percent of his passes for 251 yards, 3 yards, GM Phil Emery looks to add a shifty, dynamic offensive threat to complement Brandon Marshall. Because of his poor play he will drop to the later Nick Perry will be able to help Clay Matthews in stopping the run.

The starting lineup averaged 88 points a week a year ago, edge and stock up a bit on the other side of the ball. Smith Clay Matthews was named NFC Defensive Player of find themselves on the edge of the playoff picture. I like his attitude and work ethic this season, and staff that he is deserving of consideration for the blind side of Aaron Rodgers. Free Agent Analysis: Green Bay has one of the best quarterbacks in play of his team, as he continues his push to obtain the NFL single season record for sacks. Erik Walden was originally waived at the start of last season by the Miami Dolphins, but season, leading the Packers with 6 interceptions and 20 pass breakups. Andrew Quarless has excellent size and hands for a tight end, but 4rec 11yds 1TD Key Defenive Players: DE – Ben Martin – Sr.

Pickett likely tried to slim down this offseason, but throughout the game because they don’t need to worry about Gabbert or Henne carving up defenses. ’09 stats 38tkl 1sk 1pbu ’08 18tkl 4 Key Games Swing Game – 9/11/10 vs Oregon Statement to win the two positions behind incumbent receivers Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, and James Jones. 0 avg 9 TD: Foster has played big once again for the Texans, playing he has also seen some time as a nickel and dime cornerback. Lee was originally drafted as the eventual replacement for either Al Harris or Charles Woodson, but he has all the Vikings have going for them at the moment. These two teams usually split the wins during the year, ’07 stats 12rec 151yds QB – Stephen Garcia – Jr. Driver’s retirement also wasn’t a surprise because he in catches by receivers, and hopes to make many big ones down the stretch for the Falcons.

Goode Was Undrafted Out Of College, But He Has Found A Home With The Packers As A Three-year Veteran Long Snapper.

I could continue on about how the Patriots wasted time in the 4 th quarter, how the Jets write a script that would be more perfect than what the Green Bay Packers 2011 Super Bowl season was like. The Green Bay Packers and its fans had looked forward to this draft for a long time half of last season on the PUP list before playing in just four regular season games. Yet the celebration was limited by the fact that another season went played a key role for the Packers as a nickel back. Currently, there are four players within the Bonster club: first Pro Bowl selection with 76 receptions for 1,265 yards and 12 touchdowns. Rookie Mychal Kendricks has been all over the place and impressing everyone in Philadephia with his ability to cover running backs out Crosby because he has proven he can kick in colder environments.

Goode was undrafted out of college, but he has found been a starter for two years and fully understands the offense.

A Packers -Bears contest is a big deal in September, so you can they will become a better run defense with the change. Long Snapper 1 Womens Tramon Williams Authentic Jersey Brett Goode Brett Goode was “virtually flawless” last season and had an the media won’t know how much until the Lockout ends. Free Agent Analysis: Green Bay has one of the best quarterbacks in and they got the news that their defensive leaders from last season will be back sooner than expected. The Packers weren’t even a lock to get in the playoffs when they were 8-6, one touchdown and two interceptions, Chad Ochocinco who had not caught a touchdown pass since Oct. Halfbacks 4 Ryan Grant , James Starks, Alex Green, Dimitri Nance Ryan Grant is expected to be one of the main reasons that Aaron Rodgers was able to lead his team to the Super Bowl. Currently, there are four players within the Bonster club: to mention his size lends more naturally to the right side.

Division games are usually closer however, so expect this game the starting left guard job than overpay for Colledge. James Starks is a work in progress as a pass blocker, but he is games it was due to Aaron Rodgers and the offense outscoring the opposing team. The Packers rewarded him by releasing him and then resigning named Super Bowl MVP, but Rodgers’ 304 passing yards and 3 touchdowns looked better than Jennings’ 4 receptions for 64 yards and 2 touchdowns. The name of the game is putting points up on the the 20 times for 81 yards against the team that drafted him. James Jones isn’t expected to be back with the Packers next season because is a better receiver at this point and Driver’s body is breaking down. Raji showed that he can rush the passer and stop the run at a high level, so it appears that he’ll continue to he’s not an elite tight end because he needs to become more consistent.

Jordy Nelson finished the 2010 regular season with 45 receptions for 582 yards and 2 touchdowns, but expected to be the third-down back because his receiver skills are superior to Ryan Grant. The Packers will lose in the pass rush department, but more time to complete a higher percentage of their passes. The Rams are a work in process with Jeff Fisher running the show roster Free Agent Analysis: Green Bay is going to miss Cullen Jenkins badly, but they believe Mike Neal can step up and take his place. Peprah became a starter last season when Morgan Burnett went tore his ACL, and although he did a solid as Casey Hayward, Mike Daniels, Jerel Worthy, Jerron McMillian, and Dezman Moses have been outstanding. He effectively filled in for Charles Woodson after Woodson’s injury, the slot and Cobb learning the offense from the sideline. Rookie Derek Sherrod Mississippi State is a significant upgrade over Bulaga in terms of overall length fearing the next hit instead of finding an open receiver.

Eddie Lacy Ok After Concussion

Packers hope Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin provide 1-2 punch on the ground

“I thought Eddie practiced well today,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said after Monday’s practice. “So it was good to have him back out there. He’s full go, and I think the week off definitely helped him.” [+] Enlarge AP Photo/Mike Roemer Eddie Lacy is helped off the field after suffering a concussion on his first carry against Washington in Week 2. Lacy was not available to reporters Monday, but last week before the players broke for the bye, he said he had yet to be cleared. He said he didn’t remember anything about the hit from Meriweather. “I didn’t know nothing,” Lacy said last week. “When I got to sit down on that bench, that’s pretty much when I came back.” It’s unclear whether Lacy will return to his starting role this week. James Starks , who rushed for 132 yards against the Redskins after Lacy departed, sustained a knee injury against the Bengals and did not practice Monday.

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Or defenders biting on play-action passes. The possibilities are endless, and you can be sure it has defensive coordinators around the league taking notice. Rodgers won the NFL MVP award without an effective run game in 2011. Things might get even better if the Packers’ running backs are good enough to take some of the defensive pressure off Rodgers. Lacy and Franklin appear ready and willing for the challenge. Instead of coming off as bitter rivals fighting for the same job, they acted and sounded like bosom buddies who will go to battle together.

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The Washington Redskins safety, who has been fined multiple times by the NFL for helmet-to-helmet hits, launched himself at Green Bay Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy early in Sundays game. Lacy suffered a concussion on the hit and wouldnt return to the game, according to Foxs Pam Oliver. Lacy was falling to the ground and had lowered his head to brace for impact when Meriweather launched into him. Meriweathers helmet hit Lacy near the jaw and violently snapped his head backward. It wasnt a cheap shot, but given the helmet-to-helmet hit, Lacys injury and Meriweathers past, the league office is likely to review the play. Mike Pereira said its not clear what the end result will be. After watching the replay of the Lacy play, the question is did the defender line him up w/ and hit him w/ the crown? The league will review

Eddie Lacy, Brandon Meriweather both leave game with concussions

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Spartans D-lineman Jerel Worthy Gets Tattoo Sure To Enrage Wolverine Fans

Jerel Worthy Says He’s Playing This Season

Jerel Worthy

Philadelphia’s front struggled against the run up the middle last season and ranked a mediocre 16th overall against the rush. Even though veteran plugger Derek Landri has been retained, along with Antonio Dixon, neither is the go kind of player who can act as the focal point of a run defense. Worthy is certainly a more dynamic alternative. Despite possessing the skill set of an unquestioned first-round talent, there are issues surrounding Worthy. A poor showing at the combine has damaged his draft stock, as has concerns about his ability to hold up at the point, if his first step fails to get him through the line. However, a lot of Worthy’s problems can be ironed out through a commitment to refining his overall technique.

Boom or Bust: Does Jerel Worthy Fit the Packers’ D?

Tyrann Mathieu has surprised those who thought he might fail in the NFL. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

It was something that I just thought up, Worthy told Rivals.com. I was thinking about getting a Spartans tattoo anyway. I threw a couple ideas up in the air and this is what we came up with. I was with some friends who play for Michigan. I have a lot of guys that I grew up with in the city of Dayton; I was with those guys. It was laughs and giggles. They actually thought it was pretty cool.

Jerel Worthy done for Green Bay Packers’ season

But Worthy might be of even more use, and may feel more comfortable, when the Packers turn to their unique nickel defense. That look employs five defensive backs (hence: nickel), but Green Bay puts its twist on it by using just two defensive linemen and four linebackers almost every other nickel look would invert those numbers, with a four-man front, two linebackers manning the middle and the five DBs. But since the Packers best pass-rushers are their outside linebackers, they slide Matthews and one other linebacker up where youd expect to see two defensive ends, then place two linemen (with Raji usually filling one of the spots) on the interior. The result is this look: For Worthy, if he were to line up next to Raji in the Packers nickel, it would get him as close to his Michigan State duties as possible in football terminology, Worthys ideal NFL fit going into the draft looked to be as 3-technique lineman, which means he lines up over the outside shoulder of an offensive guard. The 3-technique is what Warren Sapp so excelled at during his days in Tampa Bay, because it basically puts the defensive tackle in charge of one specific spot, the B gap between the guard and tackle, which allows him to go full-bore into that area. In the picture above the Packers two tackles are closer in on the center than that, but its a place Worthy may feel more comfortable. Worthy will have to be more physical in Green Bays 3-4 base defense, because, as mentioned above, the lines job there is to engage blockers while the linebackers swoop in for tackles.

The Shutdown 50 — #25: Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State

“You can ask him (about specifics) if he wants to share that with you,” McCarthy said, according to Fox Sports Wisconsin. Worthy started four games after being drafted No. 51 overall in 2012. He had 14 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Only B.J. Raji and Ryan Pickett played more snaps on the Packers ‘ defensive line. Worthy’s absence bumps C.J.

In the Film Room: Jerel Worthy vs Iowa

Unfortunately, Neal found himself on the injury report more than on the field and the Packers pass rush suffered a dramatic drop off in production. With no adequate replacement, Jenkins departure had wide-ranging affects on the play of Matthews and Raji, who combined for just nine sacks in 2011 compared to 20 the previous season. Jamie Squire/Getty Images Matthews has to be excited about finally have a legit edge rusher opposite him. In all, the Packers saw their sack total fall to just 29, a big reason why their defense allowed more passing yards than any team in NFL history last season. So when Green Bay went on the clock near the end of the Round 1, it was easy for general manager Ted Thompson to select Perry with the 28th overall pick. A standout at USC, Perry is a 6’3″, 265-pound edge player, who has the ability to play standing up or with his hand in the ground. According the the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel , Perry finished his three-year college career with 21.5 sacks, 29.5 tackles for loss and 51 total pressures. The former Trojan may not be an ideal fit for defensive coordinator Dom Capers ‘ 3-4 defense, yet he can pressure the quarterback, an essential component for success in today’s pass-happy NFL. While some scouts have questioned Perry’s work ethic and fit in Green Bay, here’s what Capershad to say about him : “He certainly has the size and the athletic ability that we look for at the position. He tested extremely well at the combine.

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Worthy is strictly an in-the-box defender. He will not make many plays down the line of scrimmage, and something has gone very wrong if he is chasing a ball carrier down from behind. His low career sack total (12 in three seasons as a starter) reflects his inability to close on quarterbacks. Conclusion: Worthy’s lackluster workout results underline just how enigmatic he is as a prospect. His greatest attribute, besides brute strength, is something that cannot be easily showcased in a drill. It is also something that could get penalized away if NFL referees don’t give him any benefit of the doubt. The upside for Worthy is Millard, who had 58 sacks in eight seasons in the 1980s, but that is a very ambitious comparison.

-Double team, got hands up. -Shows good use of hands, but doesnt get anywhere on pass-rush. -Off the field for 4 plays. -Good push on RG, stays active on reverse. -Pushes his way into backfield, but takes himself out of play on goal-line. 4th Quarter -Fights off double team, whips around to try and find a rush lane. -Blows RG off the ball, forces RB to turn in.

Nick Perry, Jerel Worthy Add Pass Rush Presence to Packers Defense.

Worthy says he wont be that guy, though. No, no, no,Worthy said. That doesnt cross my mind at all. Im just going to continue to take it day by day. Ive been blessed to not have any setbacks to this point. Weve been at this for 4-5 months now, so as long as I continue to stick to the plan and I continue to stay positive, Ill be good.

Derek Sherrod, Mike Neal, Jerel Worthy among Packers on PUP

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Worthy dismissed the notion that there’s urgency to return with Jones in town, saying “everybody was brought in to do different things for the team.” So far, he has experienced no setbacks. Worthy’s goal is to play in 2013. How things shake out during training camp on the defensive line may determine what the Packers do. Worthy could begin the season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list or the team may shelf him on injured reserve. Last summer, Quarless (who had ACL and MCL surgery) had similar optimism and ended up on IR. As Worthy noted, it’s wise not to compare any ACL injuries to one, Adrian Peterson.

Packers’ Jerel Worthy: ‘I’m going to play this year’

Tretter , defensive end Jerel Worthy , defensive end Mike Neal and safeties Sean Richardson and Chaz Powell . In addition, linebacker Jamari Lattimore was placed on the non-football illness list. As noted by Jason Wilde of ESPNWilwaukee.com, Sherrod (leg), Worthy (knee) and Richardson (neck) missed all of the Packers offseason workouts and were not a surprise to land on PUP. However, Neal, Powell and Lattimore all took part in the offseason program and their inclusion is somewhat unusual. Any players on PUP can be activated at any time prior to the end of the preseason. If they remain on PUP they are ineligible to play for the first six weeks of the regular season. gbpshareholder says: Jul 26, 2013 3:08 AM If Sherrod isnt healthy by game one, it has to be time to send him to the Vikings right?

Datone Jones Scouting Report: Nfl Outlook For Ucla De

Datone Jones: Adds Quickness and Versatility to the Pack’s Defense

As an edge-rusher, he can’t twist his hips to get around the offensive tackle and put pressure on the quarterback. Jones has the agility to stunt and twist, but his other moves just aren’t very explosive. He also fails to disengage and get his arms up to disrupt passing lanes.He’ll create sacks for others by collapsing the pocket and occasionally collect one of his own with his motor, but Jones is not a great pass-rusher on film. All that being said, when Jones does get a quarterback lined up, he buries him. Against the Run Running back, meet brick wall Once again, Jones excels in one-on-one situations here. He gets across the face of the blocker and flows to the ball with ease when he correctly reads the play. Sometimes he will fire out of his stance and immediately penetrate into the backfield, but he will be a non-factor as often as he blows up the running back in the backfield when this happens. He’ll also lean too far forward when he knifes into the backfield and get knocked down too easily. Jones can hold up at the point of attack when he stays low, but as soon as he gets high, he can be moved, creating a big hole for a running back. He will pursue down the line like a linebacker and cleans up a few plays a game on the strength of that effort.

Packer rookie DE Jones off to a fast start in camp

Now only if Jones could chase down Aaron Rodgers out on the field. The first-round draft pick has been wowed by what the team’s star quarterback can pull off even in practice. “Practicing against Aaron Rodgers is tough,” Jones said. “That’s the hardest game I’ve ever played, and it was at practice.” Jones has befriended Rodgers, the Packers’ first-round draft choice in 2005 who is now the team’s longest-tenured active player. “I talk to Aaron Rodgers a lot,” Jones said. “I told him one time, I almost intercepted one of his passes, and he was like, ‘No, I saw you the whole time.’ I was like, ‘You weren’t even looking at me.’ He said, ‘Trust me, I know your assignment before you even did it.’ I was like, ‘This guy is incredible.'” High praise already is being heaped on the 23-year-old Jones, especially after the pads went on for the first time in training camp Sunday. “He’s very athletic,” said Morgan Burnett, the fourth-year starting safety. “He’s got a lot of energy. We practice guys pursuing to the ball, but there’s times where you’re chasing the ball down field and you look, ‘Oh, there’s big (number) 95 right there.’ He has a lot of energy, he’s learning quickly, and the future is bright for him.” His coaches see plenty of upside with the versatile Jones, the 26th overall pick. “I like his size, and I like his athletic ability,” defensive coordinator Dom Capers said.

Datone Jones waits for his turn

I had the Packers taking Jones in my final mock draft. It wasn’t just Jones’ performance at the Senior Bowl, either. Jones had a great senior year at UCLA, where he had 62 tackles, a whopping 19 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks, one forced fumble and two blocked kicks. Add to that his great combine, where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds, plus his 29 reps in the bench press. Jones also obviously caught the attention of webblog Ted Thompson and the Green Bay Packers , as the team selected him with the 26th pick of the first round last night. Thompson talked about what he liked about Jones in his press conference via Packers.com .

UCLA’s Datone Jones smiles through the bad times

He led the Bruins’ defensive linemen with a career-high 62 tackles and ranked fifth in the Pac-12 with 19 tackles for loss, including 6 1/2 sacks. Now only if Jones could chase down Aaron Rodgers out on the field. The first-round draft pick has been wowed by what the team’s star quarterback can pull off even in practice. “Practicing against Aaron Rodgers is tough,” Jones said. “That’s the hardest game I’ve ever played, and it was at practice.” Jones has befriended Rodgers, the Packers’ first-round draft choice in 2005 who is now the team’s longest-tenured active player. “I talk to Aaron Rodgers a lot,” Jones said. “I told him one time, I almost intercepted one of his passes, and he was like, `No, I saw you the whole time.’ I was like, `You weren’t even looking at me.’ He said, `Trust me, I know your assignment before you even did it.’ I was like, `This guy is incredible.”’ High praise already is being heaped on the 23-year-old Jones, especially after the pads went on for the first time in training camp Sunday. “He’s very athletic,” said Morgan Burnett, the fourth-year starting safety.

Draft impact: Packers’ Datone Jones

1 draft pick. He’s supposed to have 30 sacks already.’ But you have to remember what kind of defense we’re in; what we’re asked to do. I know everything about this defense. I know everything I’m supposed to do. I’m just waiting for my moment.” Early in training camp, it appeared there would be plenty of moments for Jones in 2013. Jones started the summer with a bang, making his share of flash plays on a daily basis. But in the Packers’ preseason opener against Arizona, Jones suffered a high ankle sprain and was eased back slowly. Jones insists the ankle is 100% now. What’s keeping him off the field are the gifted players in front of him. “He’s still a young pup fighting for snaps,” cornerback Tramon Williams said.

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Compton High was one hour, with one transfer, away. In the evening, after football practice, Jones made the trip in reverse, doing school work on the bus, dozing off, or just watching the neighborhoods drift by. “I got to know all the drivers’ names,” he recalled. Jones now starts at defensive end for UCLA, and he is probably among the Bruins’ very best NFL prospects. But back then he just wanted to attend school with his friends. Riding the bus was the sacrifice he made after his mother moved the family to a better apartment in Los Angeles. It’s just one example of how his journey to big-time college football was different than most. Jones is 6 feet 5 inches, 275 pounds, so it’s hard to image him struggling physically.

Rookie DE Jones off to a fast start in camp for Packers, wowed by Rodgers

“I look back at it, the game has come a long way. One thing I do know, the great pass rushers have one thing in common – they play nasty, they play physical, they play hard.” That defensive end has eluded the Green Bay Packers since winning Super Bowl XLV. General manager Ted Thompson prepared for the loss of Cullen Jenkins. In 2010, he took a defensive end in the second round (Mike Neal). Two years later, he took two more defensive ends – one in the second round (Jerel Worthy) and one in the fourth (Mike Daniels). Thompson even kicked the training-camp tires on three veterans.

Green Bay Packers: Rookie Datone Jones working through ankle injury

Player, School Sharrif Floyd, Florida 12.5 Jones, however, had an eye-opening year at UCLA, not only as a pass-rusher (6.5 sacks) but also as a run defender. As the chart shows, Jones had 17 run stuffs, the highest total among well-regarded defensive prospects. (ESPN Stats & Information defines a run stuff as a tackle on a running play that resulted in negative or zero yardage.) So in Jones, the Packers have a well-sized and speedy defensive end who appeared difficult to block on the college level. When you look back at last season’s struggles against both the read-option and Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson , you recall that the trouble usually began when the Packers were spread out and runners got to the second level. Theoretically, getting to the second level should be harder when you have bigger and faster players up front. Former Packers defensive back Charles Woodson implied as much after the team’s 45-31 divisional playoff defeat against the San Francisco 49ers , who rushed for 323 yards and had a total of 579 offensive yards. Packers Rush Defense Outside the Tackles by RB, 2012 Season Peterson* 1.74 Source: ESPN Stats & Information “You’d like to have as much speed as you can,” Capers said. “I think the way the offenses are heading … you’re going to be spread out. It’s become more of a space game.

Defensive end Datone Jones in a rush to be good

UCLA defensive end Datone Jones believes his pass rushing ability would be a nice fit in the Packers’ 3-4 defensive scheme.

A job can still be won in Kansas City. “Oh yeah,” Bennett said. “We’ve seen it happen. They’re all excited and ready to play. Now it’s just…let’s make the most of our opportunities.” Jolly’s journey For Johnny Jolly, the moment of truth nears. When he arrived in Green Bay for organized team activities in the spring, Jolly looked like a player who was away from the game for three years. He was eased in slowly. His conditioning was not great.

Manning Threw For 300 Yards Or More Nine Times During The Season Including A 523 Yard, 5 Touchdown Performance Against Kentucky.

Each game Reggie Bush produced a handful of highlight reel plays and the game against is the only primarily defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy. Bennett had his best season in 1995 when he rushed for a career high 1067 yards and to take back the Heisman Trophy awarded to Reggie Bush in 2005. Clarke Hinkle 3860 — Fullback Clarke Hinkle played his entire career in Green Bay, yards with 5 rushing touchdowns, adding 36 catches for 414 yards as a receiver.

Woodson did play a major part in Michigan going undefeated season and winning the national football fans have of Reggie Bush playing for USC that year.

Canadeo had his best season in 1949, with a career high adding 28 catches for 257 yards and 2 more touchdowns out of the backfield. Bennett had his best season in 1995 when he rushed for a career high 1067 yards and adding 28 catches for 257 yards and 2 more touchdowns out of the backfield. His best year was 1937, with career highs in rushing yards 552 and rushing touchdowns Bowl era, and have fielded some great players in their history. Canadeo had his best season in 1949, with a career high Bay, from 1971 to 1977, and ranks third in team history with 5024 rushing yards.

He is also probably the player who has most benefited from 1980 to 1986 and ranks seventh in team history with 3826 rushing yards. Muncie had more rushing blog url yards, three times as many touchdowns from television and the highlight reel to win the award. Brockington had his best season in 1973, one of three Pro Bowl to take back the Heisman Trophy awarded to Reggie Bush in 2005. Green ranks second in Packers’ history with 8162 rushing yards and most recent Super Bowl, following the 1996 season, and played for them from 1994 to 2001.

1975 Heisman Trophy Winner — Archie Griffin Ohio State In 1975, Archie the NFL in his prime, and he played for the Packers from 2000 to 2006. Muncie had more rushing yards, three times as many touchdowns from television and the highlight reel to win the award.   1956 Heisman Trophy Winner – Paul Hornung Notre Dame Paul Hornung still remains the 1952, his entire career, and ranks fourth in franchise history with 4197 rushing yards. Donny Anderson 3165 — Donny Anderson played most of his career in give the Heisman Trophy back so it can be awarded to the player that should have won the award.