The Green Bay Packers certainly hope that their defense is a force to be reckoned with in 2016, and the additions to the unit through the draft are largely expected to contribute immediately to the team's success. From Kenny Clark to Blake Martinez, each draftee should have a significant role to fill.
However, they will be learning the ropes of the NFL and the defensive scheme from the Packers' veterans, three of whom are analyzed in today's Cheese Curds. Mike Daniels, Sam Shields, and Jayrone Elliott all play different positions and hold different roles on the team; Daniels is the vocal leader of the defensive line, Shields is a quieter presence in the secondary, and Elliott has been a star on special teams who continues to wait for more chances as an edge rusher.
Check out the pieces on these three players and much more in today's links below.
Same player, new territory for Mike Daniels | Packers.com
Sure, Daniels is earning some well-deserved praise from around the league and its media. However, that's not going to make him complacent, as he says "it's not the goal...the goal is to be the best."
Elliott a wild card on Packers' defense | Packersnews.com
Jayrone Elliott also things he can be the best, if given enough opportunities. The former undrafted free agent isn't content just being a special-teams stud, saying "I feel like I can be one of the top guys in this league" as an edge rusher.
Packers' Sam Shields feeling great after concussion | JSOnline.com
Through all of the injuries that Shields has worked through over the years - he has never played in all 16 regular season games, but has never played in fewer than 10 - none were worse according to him than the concussion that cost him four contests in 2015.
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers hope Jeff Janis delivers on potential - ESPN
We've heard plenty of comments on Janis this week already, but offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett's might be the most telling: "You want to build a habit where it's instinctive, you don't have to think through it, it's just a natural reaction. I think he's moving in that direction."
These 7 NFL rookie running backs are flying under the radar but won't be for long - SBNation.com
We're still a bit surprised that Ted Thompson didn't snag one of the running backs who fell a bit in the 2016 draft - here are a few names to keep an eye on in the NFL and for your fantasy leagues this season.
Roger Goodell responds after NFL Twitter account is hacked - NFL.com
This was actually a remarkably funny tweet from the commissioner. Granted, it was probably sent by an intern, but it still shows a sense of humor not often seen.