The Green Bay Packers' young defense put on a fairly solid performance last Sunday at Jacksonville in trying physical conditions. Although there were a few poor individual plays by individual players, those youngsters did a good job of putting their struggles behind them and stepping up to make positive things happen later on in the game.
Second-year cornerback Quinten Rollins is a perfect example of that, as he came in late after being benched to make one of the biggest plays of the game - a pass breakup in the end zone against Allen Robinson.
Meanwhile, the defensive front was led by a pair of former first-round picks who, for one reason or another, had not lived up to their status early in their careers. However, the Packers' linebacker corps looks strong because of their contributions, and the team's pass rush and run defense on the edge both look very good with these two playing big roles.
A new kind of rebound for Quinten Rollins | Packers.com
Rollins and fellow 2015 draft pick Damarious Randall are each other's closest friend on the team, and Randall knew that his buddy was going to bounce back late in last Sunday's game.
For starters, Packers RB Eddie Lacy's opening act hit the norm - ESPN
Lacy has typically gotten off to a start much like his 14-carry, 61-yard day last Sunday. Now he gets the Vikings, whom he has gashed for four 100-yard games in six tries.
Jones, Perry finally playing like top picks | Packersnews.com
Remember all the excitement we had in the 2012 and 2013 drafts about the impact players the Packers had drafted in the first round? Sure, it took a few years, but the two outside backers look like the players the Packers envisioned when making those selections.
Cedric Benson: "No year in Chicago was I happy." - Windy City Gridiron
Benson played one year in Green Bay - the 2012 season - but his Packers career was limited to just five games after he suffered a lisfranc injury in his foot and went on Injured Reserve. Check out this great interview with him on how his three-year tenure in Chicago went.
Adrian Peterson at quarterback is an experiment worth watching - SBNation.com
In an interview on Thursday, Peterson joked to reporters that he was taking snaps under center in practice. He was making light of the whole Sam Bradford/Shaun Hill discussion, but you make the call as to whether it was funny or not.
Stadium plan to lure Raiders to Las Vegas passes vote - NFL.com
Another government is preparing to give an NFL owner a ridiculous amount of money for a stadium. The stadium would be financed in part by an increase in the hotel tax around Las Vegas, but there would be significant private investment from one of the casino moguls in the area.