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Offline MintBaconDrivel  
#1 Posted : Friday, October 11, 2013 8:28:34 PM(UTC)

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Jason Wilde said:
GREEN BAY — Datone Jones knows you're disappointed in him. But the Green Bay Packers first-round pick would appreciate it if you'd be patient with him.

"It's the fifth game of the season," the Packers rookie defensive end said Friday, as the Packers prepped for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. "It's not too late. I don't want a lot of people getting down me, but it's not too late."

Entering Sunday, Jones has played 73 snaps on defense and has been credited with five tackles (two solo). While Pro Football Focus has credited him with a sack, neither the official NFL statistics or the Packers' stats have him with one. Pro Football Focus hasn't credited him with a quarterback hit or hurry this season.

Jones has played almost exclusively in sub packages as one of the two defensive linemen when the Packers go to five or six defensive backs.

After spraining his ankle on his very first NFL snap in the preseason opener against Arizona, Jones sat out the next exhibition game at St. Louis, then played only 15 snaps against Seattle on Aug. 23 and 26 snaps at Kansas City on Aug. 29.

Since then, he played 20 snaps in the regular-season opener at San Francisco, 20 snaps against Washington, 10 snaps at Cincinnati and 23 snaps last week against Detroit. His lone highlight has been blocking an extra point against the Bengals.

"I think Datone is a work-in-progress," defensive line coach Mike Trgovac said. "Like I told him the other day, 'Really, with where you were, we're four games into the season now, and with as much training camp as you missed and preseason games you missed, it's like you're coming out of the preseason right now.'

"The thing that he has to learn that's different for him is, he's got to learn to come in for a play and kick some ass, and then leave. Come in for a play, kick some ass, then leave. He'll get it."

Jones, who hasn't been a part-time player since his freshman year at UCLA, admitted that's been a struggle, and something he has talked with 2009 first-round pick B.J. Raji about. Raji had an ankle injury at the end of his rookie preseason and also struggled with limited snaps and the fact that Packers defensive linemen aren't allowed to rush straight up the field on every play.

While he said the ankle was "a huge setback," Jones said Friday his ankle is fine now and he "finally got over my hump" and is healthy.

Even defensive coordinator Dom Capers acknowledged that with first-round picks like Jones "the expectation level's always extremely high," but added that Jones might have had his best week of practice this week.

"(People) think that being a first-round pick, I should be able to come in and just get sacks and this that and the other, but that's not the case. I'm still learning. I'm still competing," Jones said. "I'm competing for playing time so I can show what I can do in the run game on first and second down. "

"I do have career goals here, and I want to be a great player, so every day I come out and compete, I have fun, fly around. I don't want to be a one-hit wonder."
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#2 Posted : Saturday, October 12, 2013 5:00:21 AM(UTC)

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Hell yes I'm disappointed.
Every fan would like to see their #1 pick come in and light it up week in and week out.
I believe this kid is going to be good once he gets his feet on the ground and gets some experience and gets the feel of NFL football.
I watch for Datone every Sunday to see what he is going to bring and I believe that I will be rewarded in the not too distant future.
Running backs are more likely to show their stuff right away so for now I'll be content with the performance of Eddie Lacey.
But make no mistake Datone Jones is going to have me leaping out of my lazy chair and jumping for joy.
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#3 Posted : Saturday, October 12, 2013 5:51:07 AM(UTC)

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yooperfan said: Go to Quoted Post
Hell yes I'm disappointed.
Every fan would like to see their #1 pick come in and light it up week in and week out.
I believe this kid is going to be good once he gets his feet on the ground and gets some experience and gets the feel of NFL football.
I watch for Datone every Sunday to see what he is going to bring and I believe that I will be rewarded in the not too distant future.
Running backs are more likely to show their stuff right away so for now I'll be content with the performance of Eddie Lacey.
But make no mistake Datone Jones is going to have me leaping out of my lazy chair and jumping for joy.


He will be better than Hawk, probly not as good as Clay.
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#4 Posted : Saturday, October 12, 2013 9:57:51 AM(UTC)

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I can be patient with him - within limitations - partly because he's probably slightly diminished by the injury and partly because the position he plays just isn't meant to be as spectacular and noticeable as OLB. It ain't fair to compare him to Matthews. How will he stack up next to the other D Linemen by the end of the season? That will be the question. He ain't off to a great start, but he hasn't been horrible, it's too soon to say for sure.
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