Datone Jones might be a first-round draft choice but Mike Daniels has been the Green Bay Packers' most effective pass-rushing defensive lineman in the first two games. "You could make a case for that" coach Mike McCarthy said. "He played his (expletive) off against Washington. He's been very productive." Mike Trgovac who coaches the defensive line agreed. "That was one of his better games" said Trgovac. "He's really coming on strong." Daniels tied his career-high with 32 snaps against the Redskins which also was high among defensive linemen. He had two pressures and 21/2 tackles for loss. In the 2012 draft Daniels lasted until the fourth round because of his height (6 feet 0½ inches) and history of shoulder and head injuries at Iowa. "He's that leverage former wrestler explosive heart of a lion guy" McCarthy said. "Just outworks you. "He's kind of a personnel guy's nightmare but a coach's dream. Because he just plays football the right way." After ranking sixth on the unit with 269 snaps as a rookie Daniels is fourth now with 51. B.J. Raji leads with 82 followed by Ryan Pickett (70) Johnny Jolly (58) Daniels Jones (36) Mike Neal (24) and C.J. Wilson (18). Neal and Jones have been the starting tackles in sub defenses both weeks but Daniels Jolly and Raji also have had chances. As for Jones Trgovac said "Datone's had 35 professional snaps. Half of those were against San Francisco and on a lot of them he was pressuring and running in his lane. Datone's going to be a good player." Moving on up: Free agent Chris Banjo could be in line for expanded playing time if not his first start Sunday in Cincinnati after safety Morgan Burnett was declared out of a third straight game with a hamstring injury.
Packers' Mike Daniels making a strong impression
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Sep 21